Celebrating African culture

Dobet Gnahore. Photo by John Cole
Dobet Gnahore. Photo by John Cole

The annual AfriKàBa Festival came to a close at the weekend.

Sunday (October 12) saw a packed out White Rock Theatre, featuring a performance by award-winning Dobet Gnahoré and master drummer Nana Tsiboe.

Dobet is a rising star of contemporary African music, singing in seven languages and many musical styles.

The festival, now in its fifth year, is a celebration of African and Caribbean culture and heritage and coincided with Black History Month, with live events and exhibitions taking place at venues across the town.

Festival organiser Gwyneth Wint said: “When I came to Hastings, I decided I wanted to see things that were more from my culture, and I wanted it not just to be music, but broader. It’s going from strength to strength.”

Highlights included London-based performance poet HKB Finn, who brought his spoken word opera,

A free performance from Afro-Cuban Grupo Lokito also took place on The Stade at the start of the festival on October 4.

This featured an inspiring fusion of contemporary Congolese Soukous, Cuban Salsa and hot African dancing spiced up with strong rhythms.

The AfriKàBa experience continues for a few more weeks.

The HKBFinn photographic exhibition,

A taste of Jamaica with the Rudi Patterson art exhibition at the Beacon also continues until November 30.

The 1920s silent movie

Visit www.afrikaba.co.uk for more details or contact Gwyneth on 07949 369842.