Ellah P Wakatama x Space Afrika x Alistair MacKinnon

30 –⁠ 31 Jul 2022, 7.45pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Literature & poetry
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Space Afrika: a duo of musicians Joshua Inyang on the left wearing a hat and Joshua Reid on the right in a sitting position. Purcell Sessions design vertical lines overlay the image

Futuristic dub techno from Space Afrika meets readings selected by legendary editor Ellah P Wakatama in an evening exploring the Black experience through a fantastic lens.

Musical duo Space Afrika presents a newly commissioned score in a performance that intersects with the live readings, weaving a sonic narrative that opens a dialogue between past, present and future.

Editor, writer and literary critic Wakatama’s chosen texts encompass both refractions of the past and dreams of possible futures, taking in the radically utopian, the strange and the mythical.

The event features work from authors who draw on African folklore, including Chigozie Obioma, Chinua Achebe and Afia Atakora, through to the experience of the diaspora in the works of writers including Ralph Ellison and WEB DuBois, and the Afrofuturism of contemporary speculative fiction.

The evening takes place against a backdrop of digital landscapes created by visual artist Alistair MacKinnon.

With live readings performed by actors Anni Domingo, Fisayo Akinade, Bridget Marumo and Tonderai Munyevu, this event is staged by Jack McNamara and Tian Brown-Sampson, and invites audiences on a journey In the Black Fantastic.

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Age recommendation

For ages 16+

Dates & times

30 –⁠ 31 Jul 2022, 7.45pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour 30 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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