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Somerset House Studios
Fri 02 Aug 2019

Deep End

Fri 02 Aug 2019
19.30 - 23.00
£8.00 / £7.00 concessions
Lancaster Rooms
New Wing

An evening of poetry, performances and live music exploring Black diasporic identity.

deep end describes a body of water where the depth is greatest. It can also speak about emotional depth or the fluidity of water that represents movement and migration, change and the passage of time.

This event showcases the multimeadia project POOL, concieved by Somerset House Studios Resident Nadeem Din-Gabisi, examining the mental health issues of many young Black men, born in inner and outer London. Questioning why some sink, why some swim and why others don’t enter the POOL. Nadeem will be performing with Coby Sey, Momoko Watanabe Gill, Clara Sinephro and artist Kobby Adi. NON WORLDWIDE affiliate Farai, performs her album ‘Rebirth’, a stunning debut that swirls with influences of bare-bones post-punk ethos, experience of being part of the African diaspora and South East London landmarks. Supporting, Belinda Zhawi, Zimbabwean-born London-based writer & educator will be performing her poetry.

BIOS

Belinda Zhawi
Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean born writer & educator currently based in London. Her work explores Afro-diasporic research & narratives; how art & education can be used as intersectional tools. She was the 2016/17 Institute of Contemporary Arts Associate Poet & is co-founder of, literary arts platform, BORN::FREE. Belinda is the author of Small Inheritances (ignitionpress, 2018).

Nadeem Din-Gabisi
Studios resident Nadeem Din-Gabisi is a visual and sound artist, dj and poet. His work is centred around the re-presentation of the Black image, pertaining to people of African Descent and the limitlessness of what it means to be Black, other and more than that. His practice has been influenced by many years of work as a youth and play worker. Nadeem has recently completed his Masters in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, performs regularly as part of the musical phenomenon Steam Down, and currently hosts a monthly radio show on NTS Radio. Nadeem has recently been collaborating with fellow artist Hadiru Mahdi at the George Padmore institute to realise an artistic response to their archive.

Nadeem is the recipient of the London Fields Brewery bursary, receiving a studio and an artist mentor to help develop his practice and projects over the next 12 months.


Farai
Farai’s debut album - a collaborative project between London based vocalist Farai Bukowski-Bouquet and musician & producer TONE - via Big Dada, documents a process of recovery. ‘Rebirth’ weaves together South East London landmarks, the bare-bones ethos of post-punk, and the experience of being part of the African diaspora, continuing the themes of their 2017 debut EP, ‘Kisswell’ (NON Worldwide). The lyrics of eponymous vocalist, Farai, are coloured by the different cities she’s lived in, including London. Having met TONE via Shop Floor Sessions, recording and writing followed in Hackney, Lewisham and a shared studio with Mica Levi aka Micachu. TONE laid down synthesisers and guitar to Farai's poetry and drums were recorded with Marc Pell from Micachu & The Shapes. The result is Farai’s alternative vision of pop; distinctive and many-sided at once, poised between punk directness and flourishes of soulful warmth.

Farai - This Is England