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Journey Of The Drum | Part 2 | with Milton Godfrey

Join us for the return of the Journey of the Drum – Part 2, this year with acclaimed musician and songwriter Milton Godfrey.
Following a successful workshop in 2017 with drummer Ray Prince, the Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust are proud to be bringing back this unique learning opportunity for musicians and music lovers of all ages.
We’ll be joined by a group of inspirational young people who will be putting all their newly learned skills from the ‘Re-imagining Birchfield’* workshops, into practice by performing with Milton at the popular Grosvenor Road Studios in Handsworth, Birmingham. Friends and relatives are invited to provide support and encouragement, so we’ll also have a great family feel to the event.

Milton, who will also be performing at this year’s Birchfield Jazz Festival in July, will be exploring the history of Jamaican music through a selection of memorable children’s songs and expressive ring dances during the session. All the fun will be kicked off with an introduction by percussionist and project co-founder Lekan Babalola.

Watch highlights from last years ‘Journey of the Drum’ here:

The Journey of the Drum series is all about exploring the history of African rhythm and how it’s travelled to the new world – we hope you can join us.

Saturday 30th June 2018.
Doors open 5.45pm.
Starts 6pm and runs until 7.15pm

Grosvenor Road Studios,
16 Grosvenor Rd, B20 3NP. 

This is a free event open to everyone, but donations towards our young people’s project are most welcome.

You will need to book in advance in order to reserve a spot as places will go quick – visit for further detail or search Eventbrite for ‘Journey of the Drum Part 2’.

*If you’re aged between 8 – 12 years old or have children who may be interested in taking part in our ‘Reimagining Birchfield’ Young People’s Art project, search Eventbrite for ‘Reimagining Birchfield’ or visit

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Re-imagining Birchfield

DURING THE EARLY PART OF MAY, THE IFA YORUBA CONTEMPORARY ARTS TRUST WILL HAVE COLLECTED SOME FASCINATING STORIES and anecdotes from well-respected elders within the local community, through which we’ll be gifted with their cultural knowledge and learnings, built on a wealth of life experiences and unforgettable moments.
Whilst the elders will have been given a much-needed voice through the telling of their stories, we want to give you a unique opportunity to interpret these through loads of creative, exciting and educational

Using drama, storytelling, writing, songs, rap, visual art, film and photography to explore the essence of these stories, the Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust want to inspire young people to take an
interest in their wider community and encourage to ask questions about their elders and about the history of the surroundings they inhabit.

Join us for an unforgettable experience based on a lifetime of captivating stories interpreted in fun and engaging ways.

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Birchfield Jazz Festival 2018

The Birchfield Jazz Festival is a celebratory weekend of free live music based at St Mary’s Church in Handsworth Birmingham in the month of July. Following a successful launch in 2017, the festival returns in 2018, and hopes to become a permanent fixture for many years to come.

Founded by acclaimed and award-winning musicians Lekan Babalola and Kate Luxmoore through the Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust, this jazz inspired weekend aims to showcase established national and international artists, as well as Birmingham based musicians and the diversity they represent. We always look forward getting the community involved in celebrating the musical roots of these talented artists and discovering their Jazz influences.

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Pyn Stockman and Kate Luxmoore | Osun Story | Video

Pyn Stockman is a professional storyteller. She draws freely on tales from the oral tradition – folktales, wonder tales, epics and myths and gives them a contemporary twist. Her latest show is Osun’s Story, a collaboration with The Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust, it is a wonderful journey exploring Yoruba culture and it’s traditions placed in an international context.

Accompanied by master percussionist and Grammy award winner Lekan Babalola and multi-instrumentalist Kate Luxmoore, Pyn creates a whole world in words and sounds.

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African Weekender 2017

African Weekender 2017
Re-Imagining Africa Through The Arts

African Weekender 2017From Friday 24th – Sunday 26th November 2017, a new cultural celebration is taking place in the North of Birmingham!

African Weekender, hosted by the Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust is a three-day festival dedicated to celebrating African dance, music, storytelling, visual art and performances from some of the finest artists Birmingham has to offer.

Kick-starting at The Barton Arms Pub, Grosvenor Road Studios and finishing at The African Village, the weekender pays homage to artists deriving from the North of the city and serves as an inspiration to the next generation growing up in the area.

The weekender is the brainchild of double Grammy award-winner Lekan Babalola and fellow musician, Kate Luxmoore. Their vision erases negative stereotypes on a flourishing culture – it commits to telling a funky, sophisticated account of Africa’s past, present and future.

As well as promoting culture, the festival also wants to highlight the importance of family bonding in communities, as Lekan explains:

“There is no way you can promote Africa without family. It’s all about family ties.”

The last day of the festival will specifically focus on familial culture and will incorporate elements of performance, storytelling by Usifu Jalloh aka The Cow Foot Prince and dance lessons to provide entertainment for all ages.

Lekan and Kate also recognised the loss of BAME art in the north of the city, and vow to reinstate its former glory –

“We have to reflect where we live, which is North of Birmingham. Since the Drum has closed, we now stand as the cultural curators in the area in an edutainment way. We don’t want to make it boring for people, but yes, the art is very high quality from artists who have worked all over the world but reside in Birmingham and in the UK.”

This is a chance for everyone, regardless of age, background or class to connect with the rich legacy of African culture, both old and contemporary.

Join us for a fun-filled weekend of artistic revolution!