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Terra 79
Institute of Contemporary Arts
August 2022
Courtesy GAIKA

Progressive R&B artist Azekel, interdisciplinary poet julianknxx and avant-garde musician GAIKA come together to present Terra 79, a unique live experience of music, poetry and art.

Reimagining the marketplace as a space in which art is exchanged through collective experience, Terra 79 interweaves a performance of new music from Azekel’s forthcoming EP, poetry by julianknxx, and a new installation by avant-garde musician GAIKA .

Presenting a futurist view of Black cultural production, which blurs the lines between typically segregated genres and disciplines, Terra 79 is an inclusive space activated by performance and community.
Through his particular brand of progressive R&B, Nigeria-born, England-based artist Azekel examines issues such as adulthood and identity, self-worth and depression, and the responsibilities of parenthood. Azekel generated momentum during the mid-2010s with a slew of early, short-form releases that led to collaborations with Massive Attack (Ritual Spirit) and Gorillaz (Momentz). His self-released album, Our Father, debuted in 2018. Most recently, he has toured alongside BANKS, Gorillaz and Massive Attack, and performed at Glastonbury and Hyde Park. He is currently working on new music with Grammy -winning producer Om’Mas Keith.

GAIKA is an artist and writer from South London. His debut album, Basic Volume, was released in July 2018 by Warp Records. He also works across visual mediums, film and large-scale installation. He is the political editor for Dazed and Confused.

julianknxx is a poet in search of vulnerability and vibes. Hailing from Sierra Leone via South London, the interdisciplinary poet is inspired by Sierra Leonean traditions of oral storytelling, and moves fluidly between the written word, music and visual art. He presented his debut poetry collection, BROKEN, in a sold-out performance at Southbank Centre in 2018. Knox is also a budding curator, having founded julianknxx and friends, an intimate yet accessible evening of conversations and performances in 2019. julianknxx’s poetry has been featured at venues and on platforms including the Jazz Café and the BBC.
09:00 pm
Fri, 23 Aug 2019
£7 Full, £5 Green/Concs, £3 Blue Members

GAIKA’s installation, Ent Tropic, will be on view in the ICA Theatre on Saturday 24 August 2019 from 12 – 9pm.

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