“afro-blue to astro-black and what glimmers in between” – The Times
“One of the most talented and engaging purveyors of the music right now” – Mojo
Anthony Joseph is a poet, novelist, musician and lecturer described as ‘the leader of the black avant-garde in Britain’. His written work and performance occupies a space between surrealism, jazz and the rhythms of Caribbean speech and music. He is the author of four poetry collections and a novel The African Origins of UFOs.
In 2005 he was selected by the Arts Council of England and Renaissance One as one of 50 Black and Asian writers who have made major contributions to contemporary British literature. As a musician he has released four critically acclaimed albums. His new album, People of the Sun, was released in September 2018.
Opening the show will be spoken-word performance band Malik & The O.G’s, led by poet Malik Al Nasir. As a student and protégé of Gil Scott-Heron and Jalal from the Last Poets, his band was born out of the political poetry movement that was rooted in the civil rights era in America. His debut album Rhythms Of The Diaspora Vol 1 & 2 was released in 2015 followed by the Africa EP in 2017.