Art’s Own Kind now in Leicester!

The Art’s Own Kind exhibition has embarked on a tour of the UK and can be seen now in Leicester at The Peepul Centre. Click here to see more photos from the location.




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Edge09 Panel Discussion on Afrobeat footage

So here is the Art’s Own Kind footage from the Panel discussion entitled Afrobeat: A Culture , with Lemi Ghariokwu, Tony Allen, Dele Sosimi, Wunmi and Rich Medina, moderated by Paul Bradshaw at Rich Mix. Enjoy!

Click here for part 2/8 and then scroll down for the rest of the videos.


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Femi Kuti Live at the Afrika Shrine

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Afrobeat and the Art of Lemi Ghariokwu Wahala Show

Here is the Wahala show edition which focuses on Afrobeat and the Art of Lemi Ghariokwu, filmed on location at Rich Mix during the first days of the Art’s Own Kind exhibition! Click HERE to watch the show.

WAHALA went down the RICH MIX in East London to investigate and capture the raw energy of this amaizing gathering of world-class AFRO talent in London: We meet and greet musicians Dele Sosimi, Philladelphia DJ Rich Medina, recording artist/singer/dancer Wunmi and legendary artist Ghariokwu Lemi and drummer extrordinaire Tony Allen. The event was organised by PUNCH RECORDS. A Birmingham based organisation pushing the boundaries of black culture in the UK.

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Lemi on colonialism in art and the image of Africa

Lemi’s art makes a strong statement about how African people have adopted Western values and thus lost freedom of thought and action as a result of the colonialist era. Even now, the strands of colonialist mentality are still visible through the Western potrayal of African culture, impregnated with prejudices of the Black continent being an under-developed and savage environment.

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The Black man and woman is still colonised today. Look all around you and see what I mean. Most of the women in Africa and the Diaspora have their hair permed permanently. We wear Western clothes in Africa. We speak English to our children as the first and major language. Our culture and tradition is rapidly disappearing. With Christianity and Islam in total dominance as religions of Black people, tell me how Black art cannot and still continue to be colonised today? We’ve got to first emancipate ourselves from mental slavery before our minds and art can release itself from being colonised.


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Lemi distinguishes between the image of Africa thaWestern culture has produced and the representation he gives to his own culture:

The primitive image of Africa is represented by the Western information machinery. It is mostly about wars, hunger, starvation and underdevelopment. I’m trying to portray the image of our society albeit critical at times but in the vein of us taking a look at what is wrong to come up with a progressive and lasting solution. The image of hope, self worth, pride and dignity of the African. This I hope to leave as my legacy.



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Lemi and Peter Tosh

I missed designing a Peter Tosh cover. He is my reggae hero. I met him twice in the 1980s during his private visits to Lagos. I asked him about the ‘No Nuclear War’ cover and he smiled and said: “Neville Garrick already finished work on it.” Today, right now in Nigeria, I would love to do a cover for Asa, I love her music and message but I’m not gonna go ask for that myself!!!


He also named his son after Peter Tosh, but as he did not want an English name he added an African twist to it and the result is: Omotosho.


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More photos from the Launch


To have a look at more photos from the Art’s Own Kind Launch featuring live performances from Dele Sosimi, Tony Allen and their bands at Rich Mix, click HERE

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