Africa Utopia

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Africa Utopia
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'This is Not Black'

The fourth edition of the weekend celebration of Africa and the African diaspora, featuring music, debates, comedy, arts and crafts, dance and fashion, as well as a market and street-food stalls. Highlights include the return of Chineke! Orchestra (Sep 4), an operatic tribute to Nelson Mandela by the world-renowned Cape Town Opera (Aug 31–Sep 3) and a club night presented by Senegalese musician, Baaba Maal (Sep 3). See the Africa Utopia event page for more information.

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Kishma S
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Africia Utopia hosted the debut performance of Chineke! – the UK's first professional classical orchestra made up entirely of Black and Minority Ethnic musicians.

The concert was sold out and it deserved to be; it was simply amazing.

The pieces played were well chosen and well played. Elegy: In memoriam - Stephen Lawrence was hauntingly beautiful and touching as you would expect but my personal favourite was the upbeat Ballade for orchestra, Op.33.

Wayne Marshall provided an energetic performance conducting the show but Tai Muarry was simply amazing, using her entire body as she played the lead violin.

For £20 for a seat in the stalls for that level of entertainment there was nothing to fault.