Agenda, Culture

Afropean – notes from Black Europe [Book Launch – June 8th 2019]

Produced by Afropean co-founders Nat Illumine and Yomi Bazuaye, with event management by Sadiece Holland, the evening began with mingling, rum cocktails provided byIdentity drinks and canapés courtesy of Zoe Adjonyoh’s wonderful team at Zoe’s Ghana kitchen, serving red jollof rice and plantain, Goat shocko curry and coconut rice, Suya roasted corn salad with jollof spiced chicken skewers, Grilled garden egg marinated in fresh chilli, garlic and ginger on goats cheese, wild rocket and hard dough crostini, Tilapia Ceviche and Kelewele with Fresh chillies and Suya toasted nuts.

jollof rice from Zoe's Ghana Kitchen
Jollof rice from Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen


As the crowd savoured the Afropean flavours, Johny played a mellow DJ set encompassing Polish neo soul, Belgian Afrobeat, French Hip-Hop and Swedish funk.  You can listen to the playlist here.  

Photographer Jonathon Oppong-Wiafe took portraits of the invitees, as Ritchie Lsn set up the performance space for three Afropean soul legends.

TV Presenter/Broadcaster Ayo Akinwolere then introduced the official start of the evening, followed by a reading from Johny, who read this excerpt featured in the Observer

Johny Pitts reads from "Afropean - Notes on black Europe"
Johny Pitts reads from his first book: “Afropean – Notes on black Europe” © Nat Ilumine



and then we went straight into Les Nubians’ FIRST EVER live London gig.  The sisters Faussart ran through their classic anthems, topped with blissful acoustic perfomance of Makeda, from their Grammy nominated album Princesses Nubiennes.


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