Afrika Shrine Alive
Bringing The Shrine to London: live afrobeat served the Femi Kuti way, with a slice of hip hop and a side of dance. Lagosian dance hall New Afrika Shrine is part musical performance, part spiritual experience, fully steeped in Yoruba hospitality. Indaba X sees this atmosphere and energy transported to the Royal Festival Hall for a live, immersive performance, blending art forms and celebrating the legacy of Fela. Come and enrich yourself with the flavour of Ikeja - Nigeria’s most iconic venue.
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As the eldest son of Fela Kuti, it could be argued that Femi was always bound for greatness. Since forming his band, Positive Force, at 22, he has performed all over the world; collaborated with everyone from Mos Def to Nile Rodgers; released nine albums and received four Grammy nominations. His music is fast, free and threaded through with spirituality and activism: ‘When I die, I want to see Malcom X, Lumumba, my father, and I want to be able to look them in the eye.’
Rapper Akala’s won his first MOBO for Best Hip Hop Act in 2006. Since then, his trademark style has fused hip hop and soul riffs with powerful lyricism and an unfailingly conscious message. As a wise man once said: ‘rap is just a part of the genius’.
Talib Kweli’s rap legend status is built on fifteen albums over twenty two years. But since exploding on the hip hop scene as one half of Black Star in 1998, he has prioritised just two things: his own distinctive sound and the centrality of truth.