NEXT  SESSION :

EVOLVE

SESSIONS​

12th  JANUARY  2021, 8:00 PM 

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SESSION LINE-UP

  • Gaika

  • Professor Kehinde Andrews

  • Tolly 'T'

  • 'RarelyAlways'- performance

Location: House of St Barnabas

THIS SESSION WE WILL HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTIVELY WORKING TOWARDS CREATING A FAIRER AND EQUAL SOCIETY. HELPING US UNDERSTAND AND HELPING US CHANGE - TO DIG DEEP WITHIN OURSELVES AND TO QUESTION.

YOU WILL ALSO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DONATE TO HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS CHARITY WHO HOSTED THE EVENT AT THIER HOUSE IN SOHO 

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PROFESSOR KEHINDE ANDREWS

academic, author, activist 

PROFESSOR OF BLACK STUDIES @BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY

 / CHAIR OF  ORGANISATION OF BLACK UNITY

/ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF MAKE IT PLAIN

BRITISH ACADEMIC SPECIALISING IN BLACK STUDIES.  PROFESSOR OF BLACK STUDIES IN THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AT BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY. HE IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE FOR CRITICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH, FOUNDER OF THE HARAMBEE ORGANISATION OF BLACK UNITY, AND CO-CHAIR OF THE UK BLACK STUDIES ASSOCIATION.

ANDREWS IS THE FIRST BLACK STUDIES PROFESSOR IN THE UK AND LED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FIRST BLACK STUDIES PROGRAMME IN EUROPE AT BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY.

GAIKA 

visual artist, rapper and producer

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BRITISH VISUAL ARTIST, RAPPER AND PRODUCER, GAIKA, WHOSE WORK FUSES BLACK CLUB MUSIC CULTURE WITH ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING, GRAPHIC DESIGN AND POLITICAL THEORY TO CREATE MULTI- DIMENSIONAL WORKS THAT DEFY CONVENTIONAL CATEGORISATION.

 

GAIKA WILL INSPIRE US WITH HIS INSTALLATION 'FLIGHT RECORDER' @ THE HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS AIMS TO PROVIDE A CHALLENGING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND RADICAL FORUM FOR DEBATE AT THE HOUSE

"A NEW DAWN" AIMS  TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS’ LINKS TO SLAVERY – LIKE MANY CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS IN LONDON, HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS HAS A COLONIAL PAST, OWNED IN THE 18TH CENTURY BY JAMAICAN SLAVE OWNER RICHARD BECKFORD. GAIKA’S FAMILY WERE ENSLAVED BY BECKFORD IN JAMAICA.

GAIKA WILL WALK US THROUGH THE INSTALLATION, AND WHAT IT MEANS TO HIM. HE WILL SHARE HIS THOUGHTS ON #BLM, INSPIRE US AND CHALLENGE OUR THINKING.

 

TOLNAI SHONEYE 

"TOLY T"

writer, podcaster, host & content creator 

 

 

TOLANI SHONEYE (OR TOLLY/TOLLY T) IS BEST KNOWN AS ONE THIRD OF THE RECEIPTS PODCAST; A LEADING UK PODCAST WHICH SHE HAS BEEN HOSTING FOR OVER FOUR YEARS WITH AUDREY AKANDE AND MILENA SANCHEZ. DURING THIS TIME THE SHOW HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THREE AWARDS, HAD NUMEROUS SOLD-OUT SHOWS ACROSS THE UK AND WAS THE FIRST PODCAST HOSTED AND PRODUCED BY WOMEN OF COLOUR TO REACH NUMBER 1 IN THE APPLE PODCAST CHARTS. IN 2019, TOLANI, AUDREY AND MILENA SIGNED AN EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH SPOTIFY STUDIOS AND WILL BE DOING A TOUR OF THEIR LIVE SHOW WITH FANE PRODUCTIONS IN AUTUMN 2019.

OUTSIDE OF THE PODCAST, TOLANI HAS ESTABLISHED HERSELF AS A WRITER, HOST AND INFLUENCER. SHE RECENTLY RECEIVED THE MHP 30 TO WATCH LIFESTYLE GOLD WINNER FOR HER WORK AS A BEAUTY AND LIFESTYLE WRITER FOR BUZZFEED. SHE HAS WRITTEN FOR ELLE, THE INDEPENDENT, OK AND THE I.

TOLANI'S HOSTING AND PANEL WORK, INCLUDE BBC 1XTRA LIVE TALKS, PANEL MODERATOR FOR SHADES OF BEAUTY, TED X UCL PANEL TALKS AND SHE HAS ALSO FEATURED ON WOMEN'S HOUR AND BBC FIVE LIVE.

FOR TV, TOLANI HAS BEEN IN THE WRITER'S ROOM FOR A NEW BBC PILOT, WETIN DEY. SHE ALSO WORKED AS AN ASSISTANT PRODUCER AND CO-HOSTED THE SHOW.

AS A WRITER, SHE IS DEVELOPING AN ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SHOW WITH BANDSTAND PRODUCTIONS AND HAD A MONOLOGUE COMMISSIONED AS PART OF THE SELL-OUT RUN OF MY WHITE BEST FRIEND AT THE BUNKER THEATRE.

SHE IS QUICK-WITTED, FUNNY AND A TRUSTED IMPORTANT VOICE THAT RESONATES WITH MILLENNIAL WOMEN, ESPECIALLY BLACK WOMEN.

performance:

RARELYALWAYS

 

"I THINK I WAS BRAINWASHED BY JACK BLACK IN SCHOOL OF ROCK": NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT FROM A YOUNG BLACK HACKNEY RAISED JAZZ MUSICIAN/PRODUCER/VOCALIST MAKING, BROADLY SPEAKING, ABSTRACT HIP HOP. BUT RARELYALWAYS DOESN'T REALLY DO THE EXPECTED. FROM THE EARLIEST AGE, HE'S WALKED HIS OWN PATH, ABSORBING CULTURE AND MUSIC FROM EVEN THE MOST UNLIKELY SOURCES, LENDING HIS SKILLS AND FEARSOME WORK ETHIC TO THE WIDEST POSSIBLE RANGE OF PROJECTS, ALWAYS FOCUSED ON THE BIG PICTURE. NOT ONLY A DIZZYING ARRAY OF MUSICAL EDUCATION AND PRACTICE, BUT A WHOLE ETHICAL FRAMEWORK AND WORLDVIEW CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED AS HE'S FELT HIS WAY THROUGH LIFE, ARE ENCAPSULATED IN EVERY BAR OF EVERY TRACK. IT'S A LOT IN EVERY SENSE: BUT SOMEHOW, AS YOU’LL HEAR ON HIS DEBUT EP, THIS IS ALL BOILED DOWN INTO A CLEAR, CONCISE AND EASY TO GRASP EXPRESSION.

RARELYALWAYS WAS ALWAYS ABSORBED BY MUSIC. HIS SINGLE DAD WAS A DRUMMER, PLAYING MAINLY GOSPEL. HE WOULD BOOK REHEARSAL ROOMS SO THE PAIR OF THEM COULD "BEAT THE HELL OUT OF THE DRUMS" FOR THREE HOURS AT A TIME: STRAIGHT AWAY MUSIC WAS ASSOCIATED WITH BEING FUN AND THERAPEUTIC. THE SERVICES HIS DAD PLAYED IN COULD LAST SIX HOURS, THOUGH, SO THE COMMITMENT AND SWEAT REQUIRED IN MUSIC WAS ALSO CLEAR. AT HOME HE HEARD MOTOWN MOST OF ALL, BUT ALSO REGGAE, AND THANKS TO HIS FAMILY'S WEST AFRICAN BACKGROUND LOTS OF FELA AND OTHER AFROBEAT. AT SCHOOL HE PLAYED PERCUSSION IN SAMBA BANDS AND LEARNED CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTS, FROM THE RADIO..

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HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS

invested in creating a fair & equal society 

THE EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE AT HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS, THE CLUB BRINGS TOGETHER A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE INVESTED IN CREATING A FAIR AND EQUAL SOCIETY, WHILST BREAKING THE CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS THROUGH AN INTEGRATED EMPLOYMENT ACADEMY.

 

THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MEMBERS’ CLUB AND EMPLOYMENT ACADEMY EXIST TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS. HOSB'S APPROACH IS DRIVEN BY THE  MISSION; 

 

'TO CREATE THE STRONGEST COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE INVESTED IN CREATING A FAIR AND EQUAL SOCIETY, AND A FUTURE WHERE LASTING WORK IS A REALITY FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY HOMELESSNESS.'

 

HOSB RECOGNISES THAT GAINING AND MAINTAINING PAID WORK IS INSTRUMENTAL TO INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY, AND THAT IN A SOCIETY WHERE THERE IS SO MUCH DISCONNECT IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE PEOPLE FEEL CONNECTED. WORKING TOGETHER IS THE KEY TO PROGRESSION WHICH IS WHY HOSB EMBRACE THE SUPPORT AND COLLABORATION OF THIER MEMBERS AND PARTNERS IN ALL THAT THEY DO.

 

THE HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS INVITED THE MUSICIAN AND ARTIST GAIKA TO CREATE A WORK THAT HELPS “ADDRESS THE HOUSE’S LINKS TO SLAVERY”. THE HOUSE IN SOHO WHICH WAS REBUILT BY RICHARD BECKFORD, A BRISTOL MP WHO ENSLAVED HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AND OWNED MORE THAN 3,650 HECTARES (9,000 ACRES) OF LAND IN JAMAICA, 

 

HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS’ LINKS TO SLAVERY – LIKE MANY CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS IN LONDON, HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS HAS A COLONIAL PAST, OWNED IN THE 18TH CENTURY BY JAMAICAN SLAVE OWNER RICHARD BECKFORD. GAIKA’S FAMILY WERE ENSLAVED BY BECKFORD IN JAMAICA.

ROBERT BECKFORD’S FATHER ALDERMAN WILLIAM BECKFORD WAS THE LORD MAYOR OF LONDON AND THE BECKFORD FAMILY WEALTH CAME DIRECTLY FROM SLAVERY. THERE ARE COUNTLESS MONUMENTS TO THESE SLAVERS, AND SEVERAL LONDON INSTITUTIONS BUILT WITH THEIR PROFITS YET LITTLE CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF THIS REALITY.

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