This Black History Month, SOAS will be celebrating queer black excellence with a night of poetry and music.
The line up: Travis Alabanza, Rebekah Ubuntu, CO1xALT, Jolliff, Jacob V Joyce and Tobi Adebajo
Travis Alabanza is a Black, transfemme performance artist and writer that works and survives in London. Their work uses live performance, with a combination of poetry, soundscape, projection and theatrics, to create confrontational art surrounding their experience of being Black and Trans and survival. Recently their one person show STORIES OF A QUEER BROWN MUDDY KID toured in Spring 2016 to Keble Arts Festival, Oxford Queer Week, Hackney Attic, Royal Vauxhall Tavern and selling out Housman's bookstore to rave reviews. This year their work has also been shown at the Tate Britain, Rich Mix London, Hamburg International Feminist Festival, as well as being published in Black and Gay In The UK, Black Girl Dangerous, Not Trans Enough, Beyond the Binary. As well as being the 2016/17 artist residence at the Tate, Alabanza also has toured giving talks and workshops with the National LGBT history month program to venues such as the V&A and Bristol Watershed. Outside of performing, alabanza is keen to discuss, then act, in ways that will centre the liberation queer and trans folk of colour, as well as avidly listening to Beyoncé.
Rebekah Ubuntu is a London-based performance artist and musician whose collaborative work has featured on BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac show, London’s Serpentine Galleries, and UK-wide arts institutions. Studying Creative Musicianship at the British Institute of Modern Music, current works in development include electronic music performance, songwriting and digital-live performance art. Ubuntu's work explores social class, queerness, gender-queerness, Afro-futurism and subversion.
They were recently featured by AFROPUNK:
https://instagram.com/p/BKWjS4mgfnc/ & Vice Magazine http://bit.ly/2dmj9N3
Jolliff is an up-and-coming queer Indie-electro artist from the South West, breaking waves with her combination of Neo-Soul, an Alternative Indie sound and electronica in her debut album "This is not Jazz". After making a name for herself in various different band across the South West, from winning Folk Rock band of the year with "The Incas" in "The Outsider" magazine, to touring over the summer across nation music festival, Jolliff is now breakig out with a fresh new sound that represents who she is.
CO1xALT (or just Concise One) is an Artists Activist, MC/rapper, Youth & Community Worker, Host, Spoken Word/Poet, Songwriter & Lyricist from South East London. She is founding member of a collaborative Music and Art group called FIN81, they released their 1st EP this year called Dream.Love.Struggle. She hosts a monthly live music showcase based at the Duke, Deptford called The Friday Mish Mash. CO1xALT was born out a passion for music, the arts and creating concise moments of expression through these mediums. Honest expression is liberating and as a performer I hope my moments of expression about my journey thus far, can liberate others.
Jacob V Joyce is a non binary interdisciplinary artist that disrupts commercial and community spaces with queer and decolonial, creative interventions. Currently working as an illustrator for Global Justice Now, Jacob creates the art work for international human rights campaigns as well as comic books and zines addressing personal and global instances of systemic oppression.
Tobi is a queer femme poet, singer and writer who works to incorporate various aspects of topics revolving around love, politics and yoruba culture into her work.