That’s AfrikaBa for another year! Thank you to all the wonderful people who came to our varied cultural activities in Hastings in September and October. We hope to see you again in 2019!

Strike a Light are delighted to be partnering with AfriKàBa, the Hastings based festival of African and Caribbean heritage, arts and culture. AfriKàBa is an annual festival that showcases high quality work from artists with African and Caribbean heritage and engages audiences with unique and enriching experiences.

We’ve got funding to provide free activities that positively promote African Caribbean culture, crafts and food. These will take place on 29th September at Stade Hall, Hastings from 2 – 9pm.

Get updates on the activities here!

The Stade, Hastings

Saturday September 29th  2pm – 5.30pm

  • African Caribbean family activities for the public, all ages and backgrounds.
  • Drumming and singing workshops
  • Storytelling for families
  • Demonstration and tasting of East African  cooking at the flagship facility Classroom on the Coast.

Musa Mboob is at the Stade Open Space, Hastings – September 29th.
FREE concert starting at 7pm. 

Gambian master percussionist and lead vocalist Musa Mboob brings audiences an electrifying blend of Afro Manding fusion and tantalizing traditional West African rhythms stem from the deep roots of vibrant life and cultures of the smiling coast of Africa.

Blending and fusing the traditional instruments with modern electronic guitars to meet the demand of the 21st century diaspora, Musa has earned himself a reputation of a true entertainer and a master of the art through his creativity and innovative approach to the new style of West African Music. Come and share in the vibrant music from the smiling coast of Africa.

AfrikaBa cinema!

All screenings at Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings Old Town – October 5th and 6th.

5th October

Betty – They Say I’m Different 

The story of Funk Queen with Q&A with the film’s director. 8pm £7/8

6th October

Black Panther film screening

Noon (12pm). All tickets only £5! With a 12A rating this is for young people and the young at heart.

STASH a HKB FiNN film + performance by HKBFiNN + Q&A

HKB FiNN will do a live set followed by a screening of his new film Stash. Film duration 1hr 48 mins. Event starts 7.30pm.

STASH is a film about a group of degenerates who live outside of society. The film centres on Stephanie having difficulties with love, life, her sanity & her safety. The film portrays the complexity of women in powerful positions, recognising that strength and power can also come wrapped in soft coating and vulnerability.

The performance will be with HKBFinn a spoken word artist with a difference. His work explores the connections between cultures. His music is a unique combination of Jazz, Hip Hop & World Music. FiNN blends this mixture with Poetry on a range of topics from love to spiritual upliftment creating a unique soundscape that is fresh and somehow familiar.

An engaging performer, HKB FiNN has collaborated with a number of musical luminaries including:- The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Nojazz, Roots Manuva, Soweto Kinch, Orphy Robinson, Nitin Sahwney, Kasse Mady Diabate, Tunde Jegede, The Royal Opera House, Robert Mitchell’s Panacea and many more. HKB FiNN is a cultural ambassador from the UK who has performed in over 25 countries.

Background to our project

AfriKàBa started October 2010 in Hastings. It was conceptualised and delivered by Gwyneth Wint and supported by funding from Arts Council England, Hastings Borough Council and other strategic partners.

AfriKàBa works with schools, colleges, academies and libraries to give children and young people the opportunity to experience the rich diversity of Africa and learn of her universal legacy.

AfriKàBa also programs an exciting, annual program for Black History Month, a time to challenge clichéd ideas, re-contextualise history, and regain perspective on the rich and diverse continent that is Africa, showing her strengths and contributions seen in culture, creativity, in resources, minerals, scientific discovery and the legacy in her children across the world.

We’ve been lucky to receive funding from the Chalk Cliff Trust to deliver these activities and for this many thanks!