We are delighted that former Fela Kuti political protege Lekan Babalola will be appearing at CAS Birmingham as part of The African Arts Weekender.

Lekan will joins CAS Birmingham hosts Chris Watkins and Raj Jassel to discuss two Fela Kuti classics ‘Zombie’ and ‘Gentleman’ as well as discussing the activities that will be taking place all over Birmingham that weekend.


African Arts Week 2017 will be a celebration of the spirit of Africa – and will involve symposiums and talks, film screenings, visual arts, music, young people’s projects, food and fashion.

The concept for the Arts Week is the brainchild of twice Grammy Award winning African percussionist Lekan Babalola, who will be curating it through his organisation The Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust, in partnership with; African Cultural Exchange, Midland Arts Centre, African and Anthropology Dept of University of Birmingham, Jazz Lines, Birmingham City Council, Punch Records, Symphony Hall, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham City Library.

For more info on the weekend, please check out the below links:

Day 1 – Osun Story and Other Tales http://ow.ly/r7v830grgjf

Day 2 – Journey of the Drum http://ow.ly/BYpF30grgit

Day 3 – Family-friendly performances and workshops http://ow.ly/Vg6b30grghD

Also you can follow the Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

CAS Birmingham Fela Kuti Special

Date and Time: November 26th, 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Venue: Cherry Red’s Cafe Bar, 88-92 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1BN

Tickets: £5 in advance here

Presenter: Chris Watkiss and Raj Jassal with special guest Lekan Babalola


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