So this looks amazing. Blackman Akeeb Kareem has been making afrofunk killers for the best part of 40 years. Now, Palm Wine Beats have booked the Nigeria musician to headline a one day festival at Stoke Newington's Total Refreshment Centre, celebrating music of Africa and the African diaspora. Let's just drop a Kareem track now so we're all on the same page -
Good, right? Kareem is going to be fronting the Palm Wine house band, performing tracks his 1977 album Tomorrow and more. The day has got all sorts of fine activities - this lifted from their events page;
*The Akano Rhythm Brothers leading a juju workshop for music enthusiasts who like to get between the notes
*House band transforming PWB into a live polyrhythm shakedown featuring the Nigerian Soul/Fusion legend Blackman Akeeb Kareem, MeaKoom, Chongo and other guests
*Panel discussion [From the Root to the Fruit] - Is Africa Benefiting from its Cultural Archive? featuring Kwaku (British Black Music), Quinton Scott (Strut Records), Bekke Popoola (Black British Girlhood), We Need To Talk About: and more
*A/V rescoring of PWB VOL 1 LIVE WITH BAND and audio preview of VOL 3 by Lo-Fi Odysseys
*DJ sets by Chief Commander Yaaba, Volta 45, Duncan Brooker B2B with Amar Patel (Soul Labels)
*Live radio broadcast throughout the day hosted by We Need to Talk About featuring interviews with rising stars and collectors
*Delicious food will be served on the day from the kitchen
Early bird tickets are currently available for a tenner - sort yourself out over here.
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