An Encounter: Invoking the Spiritual and the Secular

Sat 20 Aug 2022, 2pm
Riverside Terrace, Level 2
Performance & dance
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Encounter an incredible line-up of poets, musicians, storytellers and dancers in a day of participation and performance taking you on a journey from the spiritual to the secular.

2pm – 3pm: Tony Supreme Soul Surge (DJ set)
3pm – 4pm: FUBUNATION (dance workshop)
4pm – 4.15pm: Usifu Jalloh (storytelling)
4.15pm – 5.15pm: Tony Supreme Soul Surge (DJ set)
5.15pm – 6.15pm: Jolade & Tania Nwachukwu (poetry and music)
6.15pm – 8.15pm: Denisha Anderson (DJ set)
8.15pm – 8.30pm: Usifu Jalloh (storytelling)
8.30pm – 9.30pm: Afronaut Zu (live music)
9.30pm – 10.30pm: DJ set

Artist bios
Guiding you on the journey throughout the day is storyteller, educator and award-winning performer Usifu Jalloh, who has been working in arts education for over 20 years. His roots in multicultural Sierra Leone, and his links to artists and audiences from a wide range of cultures, have led him to develop a storytelling style which encompasses international languages, music, dance and story themes. He was born in Kamakwie in the Karene District of northern Sierra Leone.

FUBUNATION is a London-based organisation founded in 2017 by Rhys Dennis and Waddah Sinada with the vision of adding to Black culture by creating more visibility and representation for dancers of colour in contemporary dance. Their objective is to build more diversity in the audiences that come to theatres and other dance platforms.

A powerhouse of sound, Afronaut Zu blends hip-hop and Afrobeat into soul-bearing melodies. He is live vocalist for Rudimental, former lead singer for Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons and a member of London hip-hop collective Orphgang.

Denisha Anderson, aka D-Vibes, is an artist whose creativity is at the centre of her craft as DJ, film-maker and photographer. She has an impressive catalogue snapping south London's music scene and some of her best work exhibited across the nation, including a photography installation at the V&A. Get ready for shape-cutting and rubbing shoes to the sound of D-Vibes.

Tony Supreme is a radio producer, presenter and founder of Soul Surge, a music discovery platform focused on soul, R&B and Jazz music from the diaspora. As a DJ with roots to south London and of Nigerian heritage, Tony is a culmination of his father's influential taste in music, life experiences and his own studious devotion to musical discovery.

SXWKS, named in tribute to the six-week school summer holiday, is a London-based creative collective using the power of a group to share artistic projects with their community.

More than a collective, they are connected by their refusal to relegate their artistic engagement to just a spare-time activity, maintaining it as a core part of their everyday existence.

Need to know

Age recommendation

3pm – 4pm: FUBUNATION (dance workshop): for ages 7+

3pm – 4pm: FUBUNATION (dance workshop): open to anyone aged 7+. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. Once the workshop is full, we will operate a one in, one out system.

Dates & times

Sat 20 Aug 2022, 2pm
Approximate run time: 8 hours 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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