An evening of music and poetry at Stratford Circus Arts Centre


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Making their Stratford Circus Arts Centre debut this season is Collective X - a supergroup of musicians, poets and producers. Find out more: https://goo.gl/jWg6JC

Conceived by vocalist and composer, Alya Al-Sultani in the aftermath of the 2016 EU referendum, Collective X explores race, identity and the black and minority ethnic experience. Subjects range from the fetishisation of the black body to the honour killing of Banaz Mahmod; from Tinder to sisterhood. Although themes of dispossession and oppression take centre stage, they approach these problems with sass, humour and wit and their irrepressible joy in music-making shines through. Listen to them on YouTube.

They’ll be joined by special guests Heidi Vogel, probably the greatest female jazz singer in this country, and classical Indian dancer Maryam Shakiba.

You can also expect music from Cleveland Watkiss’ UK All Stars - an ensemble of some of the most prolific musicians active on the UK music scene today, who combine dub, soul, reggae, drum & bass, jazz, grime, poetry, classical and pop. Watch them on YouTube.

Plus you can catch the super talented TriForce, a group of young musicians who mix jazz, hip hop and neo soul to create a fresh and explosive sound. Watch them on YouTube.

It’s going to be an epic night! Book now: https://goo.gl/jWg6JC