Freedom Road A film, which re-Imagines the music of the American Civil Rights movement in the time of Black Lives Matter. To be released July 25th 2020 7.30pm olbyssoulcafe.co.uk
In March 2020 as part of POW! (Thanets Womens Festival), vocalist Sabina Desir and keyboard player Jessica Lauren created their immersive performance Freedom Road at Turner Contemporary in Margate. Built around music connected with Black peoples struggle for equality in 20th century America, focusing particularly on the 1960s and 1970s, the work took inspiration from and related to the gallery’s exhibition, We Will Walk.
A few short weeks later and the world was rocked by the most powerful political uprising since the civil rights protests over half a century earlier. Having been deeply affected by recent events, it feels the right time to re-imagine this work through a UK lens.
Produced by UK Arts International, a company with a strong track record of presenting cross-cultural performance, and Olby’s Creative Hub, home of the much-loved Margate Soul Festival, Freedom Road builds on the original inspiration and re-presents the performance through film, with photography from the American Civil Rights Movement and the work of celebrated photographers Vanley Burke and Charlie Phillips, whose images capture the evolving cultural landscape of the United Kingdom. Imagery from recent anti-racist protests underscores the contemporary relevance of the piece whilst the narration of Black British-born Taariq Forder brings to life the realities of living in a 21st century Britain.
Created by: Sabina Desir, Jessica Lauren and Nathan Jones
All profits from this project will be donated to MACA a charity promoting African and Caribbean culture in East Kent – https://macacharity.org.uk
Freedom Road is Performed by:
Sabina Desir – Vocals Jessica Lauren – Keyboards/Musical Director
Alana Curtis – Drums Jason Simpson – Double Bass
Francesca Ter -Berg – Cello Taariq Forder – Narrator
Vanley Burke ( Turner Contemporary, Commonwealth Institute, British Library, BBC Radio 4)
The Jamaican born photographer is often referred to as ‘the Godfather of Black British Photography’. When he moved to Britain in 1965, he decided to document the lives of marginalised communities. ” We ate, drank and slept politics” said Burke, ” because our mere existence was under constant scrutiny. ” – The Guardian
Charlie Phillips ( Tate Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum of the City of New York )
“Arguably the most important (yet least lauded) Black British photographer of his generation ” – Time Out, London
Freedom Road is Produced by:
UK Arts International and Olby’s Creative Hub (Westcoast Kent CIC) in association with POW!
With Support from:
People Dem Collective, Turner Contemporary, Diversity Arts Network and Kent County Council
For further information: Sabina Desir 07799946755 [email protected]
/Saturday 25th July