Africa: Speed, Search, Sound

V&A Africa: Exploring Hidden Histories’, features 100 objects in Rooms 17a & 18a at the V&A, most of which have never been on public display.

The display ends on Sunday 3 February 2013, but if you have not had a chance to take a look, then use the ‘Africa: Speed, Search, Sound’ event on Friday 1 February from 18.30 as your time to explore many things African at the V&A, party to Afrobeat and listen to live African music in the V&A Cafe.

More about the event:
Africa: Speed, Search, Sound
Friday 1 February, 18.30 – 21.30

Speed date with historians and lay scholars about the objects they ‘love’. Go in search of hidden representations of Africa and collect a reward. Create re-cycled accessories from tin cans with artist Jackie Mwanza, learn a drum call and respond to it, and talk African textiles with PhD Research Fellow Nicola Stylianou.

Join Zimbabwean DJ Dece (aka Dumiso Gambe) in the Museum’s Grand Entrance, playing an original mash-up of world music and modern beats—mixing West African Chants with hip hop and South African vocals with Drum & bass.

Finally enjoy live music with Thabani Nyoni and his band in the Café and hear pieces from his latest work ‘Ekaya’. Originally from Bulawayo, Thabani combines sweet Southern African melodies with funk, jazz and chanted vocals in a lively and passionate way. Inspired by greats such as Fela Kuti, Thomas Mapfumo, Brenda Fassie and Youssou N’Dour, Thabani’s songs recall ancient African rituals and talk about love, friendship and betrayal. Jointly organised with Kaya Festival.

Special request:
LOOKING FOR FIVE ‘MEET-UP GROUPS’ EACH ONE WITH 12 MEMBERS TO GO IN SEARCH OF AFRICA IN THE COLLECTIONS AS PART OF THE EVENT, FOR A PRIZE WORTH £120 FOR THE WINNING GROUP–ARE YOU INTERESTED?

If you are a ‘meet-up’ group (official or unofficial) of 12 and would like the opportunity to learn more about the African collections on display in the V&A galleries, by taking part in a ‘gallery search’ competition worth £120 for the winning group, then don’t hesitate, email me no later than 5pm on Wednesday 30 January 2013.  Register your group by stating your group’s name and the names of the 12 individual members taking part. Groups MUST have 12 members to take part.  Emails received will be picked on a first come first served basis and please do not register until you have 12 confirmed members. Only the successful groups will be contacted and given instructions of where to meet – please ensure you wear comfortable shoes for this activity.