Change Is Gonna Come
Kent Soul CD out now
This album brings together two dozen examples of how black America conveyed its fight against racism to the world in the 1960s and 1970s.
It includes tracks by The Impressions, James Brown, The Chi-Lites, Gil Scott-Heron and Nina Simone.
One highlight is Oscar Brown Jnr, who brilliantly satirises the American Dream in his song Forty Acres And A Mule.
The humour continues as Ray Scott opens The Prayer with a plea to god for the state governor to be killed in a 17-car pile-up – all set to the sound of Hammond organ playing a Sunday service!
This excellent compilation should be filed under “uneasy listening”.
Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
Kinetica Museum, SP2 Pavilion, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1
Free, until 5 May
Kinetica will be hosting Cabaret Mechanical Theatre’s first ever major retrospective show in London.
It will include over 80 automata – moving mechanical models – and feature a number of previously unseen works from the theatre’s The Ride of Life.
The exhibition will include a series of talks to accompany the show by the founders of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre and prominent British automaton artists.
It will also host workshops where children and adults can learn the basic principles of creating their own automata.
The 5th London African Music Festival
This is a brilliant showcase of Africa’s premier musical talent with 350 performers and 25 concerts.
Its many highlights include Roy Ayers and the African Jazz Allstars, Natacha Atlas, Ba Cissoko, Kekele, Africando and Les Orientales.
Make sure you catch one of the shows if you’re in the capital in late May.