Something for everyone at annual AfriKàBa festival

Sona Jobarteh
Sona Jobarteh

CELEBRATING African and Caribbean arts, culture and heritage with a programme of events curated for Black History Month, AfriKàBa festival returns.

The festival launches on Friday, September 27 with a performance from award-winning Kora player Sona Jobarteh at Hastings Museum, setting the bar high, and runs until October 5.

Festival director Gwyneth Wint said: “Spanning nine days, six venues, and featuring 21 critically acclaimed artists across film, theatre, live music, dance, and poetry, AfriKàBa 2013 will entertain and ignite minds young and old.”

On September 27, the first event is an evening of music, poetry, and spoken word from 7.30pm, will feature the aforementioned Sona Jobarteh, performance poet Akila Richards, singer/songwriter Sophie Bond, and poet Halima Usman (£6.50/£7.50).

Other highlights include Ragarella and the Dee Jay Don, on September 28, 7.30pm, at St Mary in the Castle.

This is a raga version of the Cinderella fairytale, complete with pulsating reggae music and energetic street dance (£8/£10).

A chance to get active, there will be family capoeira workshops with Dende Nation at Hastings Museum on September 29, from noon to 4pm (£3.50).

On October 1 at 6.30pm, at Hastings Arts Forum, Alex Ntung will discuss his book Not My Worst Day, as featured in the Observer, and the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda (free).

Experience the fusion of jazz, blues, reggae, and new funk, when UK funk legend Root Jackson performs at Hastings Museum on October 4 (£6.50).

There will also be events and workshops for schools over the course of the festival.

The festival finale brings Kasai Masai to The Stade Open Space for a free event as part of the Stade Saturdays programme, on Saturday, October 5, from 7.30pm.

Theirs is the traditional sound of the most remote equatorial villages with an urban twist; ancestral music rooted in the healing power of percussion and chanting, combined with Congolese folk guitar.

For the full AfriKàBa programme of events over the nine days , visit

Tickets where applicable are available from the venues.