22 June 2021, 7.30PM, Online
J.H.Kwabena Nketia Centenary
The African Concert Series will host the inaugural concert of the 2021 “J.H.Kwabena Nketia Centenary Commemoration” launched by our partner the Intercultural Music Initiative, celebrating the work of one of the greatest West African composers, J.H.Kwabena Nketia, prominent figure of the School of African Art Music.
The concert will be streamed for free on the African Concert Series Facebook/Youtube pages.
The 2021 African Concert Series
29 January – 2 April
Venue: The Africa Centre London*
66 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 0BL
Friday, 29 January, 7.30pm
Tunde Jegede, Kora
world-renowned virtuoso player of the West African lute-related, stringed instrument, the
Kora, performing his own compositions. Rooted in dual cultural legacies, his music is steeped
in both Western and African heritage.
Sunday, 21 February, 7.30pm
African Duets, works for string duo by African composers including Joshua Uzoigwe, Fred Onovwerosuoke, Errollyn Wallen and Joseph Bulogne & arrangements of African traditional songs, performed by Chineke! string duo with Sarah Daramy-Williams (violin) and Natalia Senior-Brown (viola) and Rodriguez/Lagasse Duo with Julian Gil Rodriguez (violin) & Alix Lagasse (violin)
Friday, 26 February, 7.30pm
“Nigerian Odyssey”, Glen Inanga, piano
Piano Music by Nigerian composers
“Nigerian Odyssey”, with the great pioneer of Nigerian classical music and founder of the Cayman Arts Festival, Nigerian pianist Glen Inanga, will be streamed from the Cayman Islands.
The programme features works by Akin Euba, Christian Onyeji and Peter Sylvanus.
Sunday, 28 February, 7.30pm
Chineke! Chamber Ensemble
The much acclaimed Chineke! Chamber Ensemble performs a stunning programme of works by Black composers Errollyn Wallen, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence B Price, Ignatius Sancho, Matthew Evan Taylor, Joseph Boulogne and Valerie Coleman.
The Chineke Foundation, established by Chi-Chi Nwanoku in 2015 are Europe’s first majority Black, Asian and ethnically diverse musicians and in 2019 they won the first ever Royal Philharmonic Gamechanger Award.
Venue: October Gallery, London
24 Old Gloucester St, Holborn, London WC1N 3AL
Monday, 8 March, 7.30pm
African Art Song
Francesca Chiejina soprano, Dylan Perez, piano
For the International Women’s Day, rising star soprano Francesca Chiejina and pianist Dylan Perez have prepared a song recital of music by African composers including Ayo Bankole, Laz Ekwueme, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Shirley Thompson.
Friday, 19 March, 7.30pm
“Arabesque: Piano Music from the Arab World”, Marouan Benabdallah, piano
Pianist Marouan Benabdallah is one of the foremost representatives of his native Morocco on the international stage. For years he has been developing repertoire that goes beyond the canonic works of the literature and he has performed to great acclaim music from North Africa.
Benabdallah will perform some of the remarkable finds from his explorations, with music by composers from Algeria, Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco.
Sunday, 28 March, 7.30pm
The Ubuntu Ensemble, that features South African double bass virtuoso Leon Bosch, takes its name from a South African philosophy that believes we do not find our humanity in isolation but through our connection to others – a sentiment that might easily apply to chamber music. The musicians of the ensemble, all of whom were born in South Africa, play a prominent part in the musical life of the UK where they are now all based.
Friday, 2 April, 7.30pm
The last concert of the series features founder, pianist Rebeca Omordia that will perform piano music by Ayo Bankole from her CD “EKELE”.
The 2021 African Concert Series is possible through the generosity of the Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants. The 2021 season will also include an educational programme in London schools.
The Series partners include The Africa Centre London, Fourchiefs Media and
Colourful Radio that will feature interviews with the artists on their radio channel.