WITH A ONE NIGHT CELEBRATION OF CARIBEAN CULTURE
Leeds Central Library is getting ready to come to life after hours when it hosts an evening celebration of Caribbean culture later this month.
There’ll be no more ‘quiet in the library’ on the evening of Wednesday March 27th as the halls will be filled with music, poetry, workshops, talks and song.
“Colonizin in Reverse”: Celebrating Caribbean Culture will look at the explosive impact Caribbean culture has had on Leeds. From Carnival to fashion, textiles to travel, and dub poetry to sound system culture, the Windrush generation has given Leeds diversity in arts and culture.
Throughout the evening there’ll be rhythm and sounds from a host of artists including cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson, poet and author Anthony Joseph, Dub poet Roger Robinson, ‘vanguard of dub’ Iration Steppas who will bring a sound system to the heart of the library, DJ Fluid Irie and Rapper and Hip-Hop star Testament.
Khadijah will explore the impact of Sound System culture on young people today supported by Mykal Brown of Wassifa Sound System, and young Leeds producer Denmarc Creary.
“The poetics of the Caribbean culture and its influence on music and language inspired a new generation to write, produce and perform based on the sound system,” she says.
“I’m bringing together some of the greats of this genre for the library event – Mykal Brown (MBE) of Wassifa Sound System in Birmingham, and from Leeds MC Dialect, Hip Hop artist DJ LP, and Denmarc Crearey.”
Khadijah has worked alongside two other esteemed British-Caribbean poets to celebrate the Windrush legacy in Leeds. Calling both Trinidad and Scotland home, Douglas Caster Fellow in Poetry at Leeds University Vahni Capildeo explores themes around migration and journeys culminating in poetry and archival tours, and British poet and artist of Guayanese-Grenadian heritage Malika Booker looks at the history of Caribbean textiles in Leeds in Sewing and Stories.
“Colonizin in Reverse”: Celebrating Caribbean Culture takes place at Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, LS1 3AB on March 27th from 6.00pm to 9.30pm
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance from https://colonizininreverse.eventbrite.co.uk