Julianknxx & Friends feat. KWAYE & anaïs

Part of Africa Utopia

Julianknxx hosts an evening of talks exploring questions of diasporan identity, interspersed with poetry readings and stripped-down music sets with KWAYE and anaïs.

Drawing from julianknxx’s network of musicians, fashion designers and other creatives, the event places African diasporan artists in conversation with each other, centring the contributions of African immigrants to London life.

Julianknxx & Friends is a living archive of Black British experience, exploring topics that encompass finding and communicating your voice as an artist to navigating the multiplicity of cultures held as Africans in the diaspora.

Julianknxx is an interdisciplinary poet, broadening the boundaries and often presenting his work through installations, encompassing written word, music and visual art.

After debuting his poetry collection in sold-out performance in 2018, he returns to Southbank Centre to present Julianknxx & Friends, an intimate evening of conversation and performances with poets, musicians, designers and others – centering African immigrants' contributions to the literature and arts scenes.

Kwayedza Kureya (KWAYE) is a Zimbabwean-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, whose heritage and sense of style extends seamlessly into his work, debuting Solar in 2017.

Making a conscious effort to explore the emotional depth of human experiences and erase the margins of black masculinity, KWAYE is a new kind of artist.

Born in Toulouse but of Senegalese origin, soul artist anaïs moved between Dublin and Dakar after her parents split up, before finally settling in California. Feeling stuck between languages, anaïs stayed silent for seven months.

But after a period of making herself invisible, she felt compelled to bring her voice to the world. Following in the footsteps of Nina Simone, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, her spine-tingling music speaks of freedom.

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Royal Festival Hall
St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue Side


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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For ages 16+

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