Story by John Malkin | Photos courtesy of SADACCA
SADACCA launched a brand new community arts space on the 13th July, wi
th an opening day performances and workshops from the likes of Kweku Sackey (K.O.G.) and Sheffield-based Nigerian artist Wale Ojuko.
Based in the old Bob Marley studios the hub was developed with support from non-profit organisation Musical Works, who provide music activities and opportunities to those most in need.
Well attended workshops were held throughout the day, with K.O.G. leading an Afro / Fusion percussion and vocal workshop using Steel Pans / African instruments; reggae jamming sessions with Chris Campbell and Paulette Morris and song-writing workshops with Lorna and Jay from Inavibe, who played in the bar later in the evening.
Local author Johny Pitts launched his new book Afropean too. The book is an ‘on-the-ground documentary’ of areas where Europeans of African descent are juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new identities. Johny read extracts from Afropean and then discussed it with author Desiree Reynolds.
Studio manager Chris Morris was delighted with how the day went.
“When we first entered the space eighteen months ago, many people would have just seen a run down and stripped out studio but we saw a huge opportunity to create a community arts space that would engage the many different local communities.
“We will be engaging arts organisations, music groups, mental health groups and other organisations supporting vulnerable and marginalised people. We will find opportunities for employment and training, nurturing a creative environment for those who need it most.”