Afrikaba Festival gets set to take its curtain calls

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AS Afrikaba festival enters its final week, there are still a range of events celebrating African and Caribbean culture, to cater for every taste.

Tomorrow (Saturday), at the Electric Palace cinema, is an evening of live performance from poet and musician HKBFiNN, interspersed with short films.

HKBFiNN draws on a range of influences including Jamaican folk, reggae, hip hop, blues and jazz. He has also worked with a number of Classical Music organisations such as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Doors open at 7.15pm and admission is £6 (£5 concs).

At the same venue on Sunday is African Super Heroes Day, which is an animation festival for all ages, featuring a variety of African-themed cartoons which tell tales of magical Nigerian women warriors, and Anansi the West African folk hero, among others.

The event starts at 2.30pm and admission is £3.50 for adults and £1.50 for children.

On Wednesday, October 26, are two family workshops at the Hastings Museum. From 10.30am to 12.30pm, make an Afro-Brazillian musical instrument, and from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, learn Afro-Brazillian songs, and try out the instruments.

Advance booking is required and admission is £3.50 for one session, or £5 for both.

The festival culminates next Saturday, October 29, with what promises to be a spectacular performance from Nana Tsiboe’s Supa Highlife and Zara McFarlane, at Sussex Coast College.

Zara McFarlane is one of the UK’s highly rated new young contemporary jazz singers, while Ghanaian Nana Tsiboe is a vocalist and master of percussion.

Involved in music from the age of nine, he toured the United States in the 1960′s as part of the Civil Rights Movement sharing the stage with Martin Luther King, Mohammed Ali, Malcolm X, Nina Simone and many others.

With his Supa Highlife band, he has performed his distinctive roots music all over Europe.

The start time is 6pm, and tickets are £12 (£6 concessions).

For information and tickets, contact the Hastings Information Centre on 01424 451111.