AboutWith West African roots - Nigeria, Liberia Ghana, Sierra Leon Ade is known predominantly in Africa for his artwork, his paintings hang today in the state house of Liberia (The Mansion) for the late president William R. Tolbert.àÂ Ade also spent years in Ghana working as an artist doing portraits for the dignitaries.
Ade's style is unique to say the least, he uses a mixture of mediums including shells, and hand platted threads, materials, glues, pastels and paints. Each piece of work carries a story routed in West African life and tradition.
Ade is a man who has spent his life educating people in the music art and history of African people and he has fought for the rights of people everywhere.
In the UK and Europe Ade is best known for his music, having played with names such as Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Lucky Dube, he was in a band and toured West Africa with Miatta Fahnbulleh, Mirum Makeba and Hugh Masekella. Having played in venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican.
This work is a collection that reflects Ade's fascinating journeys trough West Africa and beyond.......
THURSDAY 13th JANUARY:
â¢ EXHIBITION opens at 6.30pm (FREE ENTRY)
â¢ MUSIC CONCERT starts at 9pm â¢ ADMISSION £6 / £4 for members of Open The Gate
Come along on Thursday 13th January, for the opening of the exhibition with a LIVE concert by Adesose Wallace!
The first edition of 2011 Underground Jazz showcases IBILE fronted by ADESOSE WALLACE.
Adesose Wallace is a stalwart of African music. A master percussionist, artist, teacher, philanthropist and social commentator. He has shared the stage with some of Africa's luminary musicians and bands - Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti, Geraldo Pino, Sunny Ade, Miriam Makeba amongst many others. After coming to London in the early 80s, Ade formed IBILE, which... means 'Children of the World. He has graced the stage at Glastonbury and WOMAD leaving in audiences in awe.
His avid enthusiasm for the use of traditional African instruments gave birth to a distinctive sound - brewing an intricate blend of blues, jazz, afro funk and psychedelia - 100% unplugged; the sound churned out by this incredibly dynamic band utilises mostly traditional African instruments. Listening to IBILE is like embarking on psychedelic musical odyssey.
Special guest DJ - Chief Commander (YAABA FUNK)
There will be an art exhibition of some of Adesose's art works curated by Open the Gate and Volta45. These will include some very rare pieces that have been in his personal collection since the early 70's. A must see.
â¢ ADDRESS: Open The Gate, 33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, LONDON N168BJ