6 December 2019
Free Word and Touching Bass
Black Home: The Club As Sanctuary
A night of music and discussion on the club as a place of belonging with Touching Bass
As club venues continue to fall victim to market forces and social cleansing, we honour their heritage and the vital contributions of Black and LGBTQI+ folx to London’s music culture.
South London musical movement, community and curatorial platform Touching Bass present a night reflecting on the importance of the club as a physical hub for self-discovery, community and free expression.
Join us in exploring the necessity of these spaces as homes for communities on the margins with a discussion lead by Touching Bass/BBZ’s Yewande YoYo Odunubi and featuring CDR’s Tony Nwachukwu and Sipping’ T (BBZ), bookended by poetry from Kai-Isaiah Jamal (BBZ) and MA.MOYO.
We end the night with a dance, music played by four DJs intent on continuing the lineage of black-oriented music: Touching Bass’ Errol and Alex Rita, Tony Nwachukwu (CDR) and BBZ’ Sippin’ T.
Sierra Leonean food, including vegan options, will be available to buy on the evening, provided by The Krio Kanteen.
Season branding: THREAD Design | Photography: Krystal Neuvill
6 December 2019
19:00 - 02:00
£8 (Early Bird) / £12 (1st Release) / £15 (Final Release / On The Door)
Free Word and Touching Bass
DJ, Broadcaster & Curator
With roots firmly anchored in his Caribbean heritage, Errol (fka Andwot) is making a name for himself as one of the UK’s most promising young DJs, broadcasters and music curators across the soulful spectrum. He’s the leading light behind Touching Bass: a movement of London-based soul disciples who hold down a biweekly NTS Radio slot, an innovative discussion/live music series called Speaking In Sound and a regular dance (specifically not called a party and communicated via texting service) among other creative endeavours. In the space of three years, he played a pivotal role in shaping Boiler Room’s music programming, bringing the likes of Yussef Kamaal, Yasiin Bey, Kojey Radical and more to the world-renowned online platform.
DJ, Illustrator, Singer & Designer
The Denmark-born, London-based selector, illustrator, singer and designer — is a talented seamstress in more ways than one. When not tailoring clothes for her own brand, Onda, singing or illustrating lifelike imagery, she patches together sets with soulful, percussive grooves and organic sounds. Listeners can be blessed with everything from spiritual jazz, field recordings and drum ensembles to deep house in one sitting; all aimed at the soul and the feet. Along with Errol, Alex Rita is one of the main forces behind Touching Bass: a movement of London-based soul disciples who hold down a biweekly NTS Radio slot, an innovative discussion/live music series called Speaking In Sound and a regular dance. Alex is also one half of duo Okapii — who are releasing their debut album on Fresh Selects.
Yewande YoYo Odunubi
Curator & Producer
Yewande YoYo Odunubi is a London based curator and cultural producer passionate about widening access within the arts as well as curating environments that nurture and give space to creative and cultural exchange. YoYo has spent the last five years supporting programmes that give emerging creatives and artists opportunities and agency to encourage their own cultural participation and creative learning. She has worked with a range of cultural and educational organisations including the Southbank Centre, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) A New Direction (AND) and Tate. YoYo also works as the Friday Late Programme Producer at the V&A and is part of London based art and music collectives; BBZ, Touching Bass and Finding Soul.
Tony Nwachukwu is a renowned producer, lecturer and music consultant based in London. He specialises in connecting the worlds of music production and learning by creating innovative opportunities with music focused creative professionals and industry. He is the founding Director of CDR, an initiative independently shaping and grooming some of today's most forward thinking artists, producers and partnerships. His diverse production and remix credits include The Cinematic Orchestra, DJ Krush, Duran Duran, Jazzanova and James Lavelle’s U.N.K.L.E project. His lecturing, consulting and learning concepts have been utilised by companies and organisations including Red Bull, Coca Cola, University of East London, University of Westminster and Apple. More recently his desire to delve a little deeper into the sharing of artistic development process and practise can be seen through the curation and hosting of panels discussions, debates and workshops both at CDR events and leading Berlin based music technology companies such as Ableton and Native Instruments.
Writer, Sound Artist & Educator
MA.MOYO is a Zimbabwean born writer, sound artist & 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 the 2019 Serpentine Galleries’ Schools Artist in Residence & co-founder of, literary arts platform, BORN::FREE. Belinda is the author of Small Inheritances (ignitionpress, 2018).
Poet, performer and activist
Kai-Isaiah Jamal is a poet, performer, model and trans visibility activist. Kai-Isaiah works with brands like Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood to both reimagine the future of poetry in advertising and change representation. Alongside brands, Kai teams up with institutes like the ICA, the Barbican, and Tate to explore the narratives of trans men of colour, which are often ignored or censored. His work uses narration to represent the voice of the unheard.
Creative production collective
BBZ (Bold Brazen Zamis or Babes) — headed by co-founders Naeem Davis and Tia Simon-Campbell — is an ever-evolving curatorial and creative production collective born, raised and based in South East London with roots in nightlife and clubbing culture. Prioritising the experiences of queer women, trans and non-binary people of colour in all aspects of their work, they provide physical and online platforms for this specific community, exploring mediums including interactive installations, sound, poetry, archive, celebratory communion, photography, illustration and film while challenging insitutionalised behaviours and looking at democratising access to public institutions.
There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible.
- Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
- Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
- There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor. All our toilets are individual, gender neutral cubicles
- The hearing loop will not be available for this event
- If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them
- A smoke/haze machine will be in use for this event
- The foyer and café areas are our designated quiet spaces – if you need to leave the event at any time, you’re welcome to use these areas.
- If you’d like earplugs, we will have a supply at the bar – just ask one of our team.
Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.