UNSHACKLING BEAUTY: Friday 31 May 2019

Unshackling Beauty is an evening showcase of original music in response to the George Padmore Institute archival collections by two musicians in residence - Hadiru Mahdi and Nadeem Din Gabisi. Two of London’s most exciting wordsmiths- Mahdi frequently performs as Brother Portrait and din Gabisi performs under his own name, alongside his visual artwork. They are both part of the award-winning jazz influenced Steam Down collective. 


The event takes its title from a song lyric written as part of the residency. It’s a phrase lifted from a document in one of the GPI’s core archival collections – ‘Papers from the Cultural Congress of Havana’. The 1968 Cultural Congress of Havana was a landmark Congress bringing together over 400 intellectuals, artists, activists and more from over 70 countries to discuss issues facing Africa, Asia and the Americas. 

Since last summer, artists Hadiru Mahdi and Nadeem din Gabisi have been musicians in residence at the George Padmore Institute, a radical black archive hosting collections documenting global grassroots political and cultural movements from the 1960s onwards. The artists chose to focus on the Cultural Congress of Havana, Creation for Liberation and Negro Theatre Workshop collections

Hadiru and Nadeem, along with their band - Momoko Gill on drums, Mark Mollison on guitar and Lorenz Okello-Osengor on keys/synth - will take us on a sonic journey of stories, history and collectivism. They'll be joined by special guests for rich intergenerational dialogue.

Join us at The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, W1D 4NQ on Friday 31 May 2019

Tickets: £12  Time: 7.00pm Tel: 0207 437 1894 / GPI: 0207 272 8915 /

See you there for this world premiere!







Friday, May 31, 2019 - 19:00 to 22:30

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