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The House of St Barnabas

1 Greek Street

Soho

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W1D 4NQ

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Unshackling Beauty is an evening showcase of original music in response to the George Padmore Institute archival collections by two musicians in residence - Hadiru Mahdi and Nadeem Din Gabisi. Two of London’s most exciting wordsmiths- Mahdi frequently performs as Brother Portrait and din Gabisi performs under his own name, alongside his visual artwork. They are both part of the award-winning jazz influenced Steam Down collective.

The event takes it’s title from a song lyric written as part of the residency. It’s a phrase lifted from a document in from one of the GPIs core archival collections - Papers from the Cultural Congress of Havana. The 1968 Cultural Congress of Havana, was a landmark congress bringing together over 400 intellectuals, artists, activists and more from over 70 countries to discuss issues facing Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Since last summer, artists Hadiru Mahdi and Nadeem din Gabisi have been musicians in residence at the George Padmore Institute, a radical black archive hosting collections documenting global grassroots political and cultural movements from the 1960s onwards. The artists chose to focus on the Cultural Congress of Havana, Creation for Liberation and Negro Theatre Workshop collections.

Hadiru and Nadeem, along with their band - Momoko Gill on drums Mark Mollison on guitar and Lorenz Okello-Osengor on keys/synth will take us on a sonic journey of stories, history and collectivism. They'll be joined by special guests for rich intergenerational dialogue.




The House of St Barnabas is a charity whose vision is to create a future where lasting work is a reality for people affected by homelessness and social exclusion. Participants in our Employment Academy are given work placements throughout our not-for-profit members' club, enabling them to gain valuable work experience in a vibrant, inclusive and culturally driven space and City&Guilds awards in Hospitality and Employability.



Regrettably, due to the nature of our building, there is limited disabled access. There is some information available on our website, but please do email contact@hosb.org.uk for any further detail.



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