As part of Refugee Week 2016, we had the pleasure of hosting the talents of the East Midlands refugee community, in association with the Platforma Network. The basement of The Exchange, Rutland St, became a glittering lair where our audience sat back, relaxed and enjoyed a jazz lounge vibe, a welcoming environment for all.
Our compere Charlie opened the evenings events with gusto, followed by a poignant poem. Bobba Cass reiterated the line of MP Jo Cox "Far More Unites Us than Divides Us," both setting the tone for the evening - one of hope, potential, and peace.
Marcus Joseph kicked off the musical entertainment with his unique combination of saxophone and motivating spoken word. We welcomed a new name to our network, Ethiopian born singer songwriter Haiki, who serenaded us with her blend of soul, jazz and blues.
Readings from the anthology Over Land, Over Sea - Poems for Those Seeking Refugee, took place from a host of guests, including the co-editors, poets and Ambrose Musiyiwa, who joined forces with Marcus Joseph for an improvised saxophone accompaniment.
Huge thanks must go to all performers and our own Young Producer, Hannah Pillai, who organised the event.
Haiki Website - http://haiki.co.uk/
Marcus Josheph website - http://www.marcusjosephsax.com/about.html
Ambrose Musiyiwa website - http://ambrosemusiyiwa.blogspot.co.uk/
Bobba Cass website - http://www.transculturalwriting.com/Grassroutes/content/Bobba_Cass.htm
Over Land, Over Sea - http://fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk/over-land-over-sea/