FREEDOM ROAD RE-IMAGINED – TURNER CONTEMPORARY
As part of the 20 years of MSF celebrations, we are pleased to present…. The Freedom Road RE-IMAGINED
Freedom Road Re-imagined is an incredible immersive live music performance that combines music, photography and filmed footage to call attention to the resilience, determination and pride of Black British Communities. Presenting an intergenerational perspective on protest through the lens of esteemed photographers Vanley Burke, and Charlie Phillips alongside the young photographer Shaïny Vilo. Photographer Richard Birch has captured the band images some of which features in the show. The show’s visuals draw you into times both past and present when the collective and individual voice became weaponised as a force for change. Central to the show is the exhilarating music. Music which is associated with the U.S and U.K Civil Rights Movement. Music that sustained, nurtured and educated..music that became and remains some of the most important of the 20th Century. The Music is a soundscape of the innovation in Black music covering early field recordings, soul, jazz, Afrofuturism and neo-soul.
Intercut with the music and stunning visuals is the recorded voice of Taariq Forder. Taariq brings his lived-in experience, enriching the telling of this intergenerational conflict.
If it is at all possible to inject energy of positivity amid turbulence, and movement for change, Freedom Road Re-imagined does this brilliantly. The artists from cross-cultural and multi-generational backgrounds bring incredible musicianship and storytelling and present a show that is moving, defiant and joyful all at once!
“It was amazing! So glad I could be there..thank you!” Denise H, Canterbury
“Very Powerful storytelling..We loved it!” Peter S, Canterbury
“Thanks for keeping it real” Suzanne F, London
“Truly Awesome!” Peter D, London
“Amazing show! So moving!” Kelly W, Brighton
“Freedom Road you absolutely took my breath away!” Vean, Birmingham
“Very moving performance” Sharon Walters, Birmingham