Yoruba Sonnets: audience feedback
On 15 February, Grammy award-winning Lekan Babalola brought his Sacred Funk Quartet and spoken word poet Dr Olu Taiwo to perform the Yoruba Sonnets at Wolfson College, Oxford. The performance pairs ancient verses from the Ifa divination with contemporary Western funk music.
Dr Rajinder Dudrah, who organised the event and leads Creative Multilingualism's Creative Economy strand, commented, ‘Our evening of Yoruba Sonnets was Creative Multilingualism in action. It brought together different languages, cultures and performing traditions and illustrated through the energy and joy of music and dance what can be achieved when languages are brought to life and creatively explored together’.
After the event, the audience were asked to write any feedback or comments on postcards. Some of these are shared below along with photos of the performance. We will also have a film of the event available soon – watch this space!