Red Africa Night featuring Kalakuta and DJ Edu

Thursday 25th February

Calvert 22 is pleased to join forces with the Africa Centre to present a night featuring some of the most innovative Afrobeat acts around as part of its new seasonal programme, Red Africa.

Emeka Elendu Presents – Kalakuta

After spending his formative years as a shadow guitarist working his way up to chief guitarist in the late great Fela Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti’s band, Emeka Elendu moved to the UK, setting up Emeka Elendu Presents – Kalakuta, a tribute band with the aim to teach many people the music of Fela. The band is gradually gaining momentum, dazzling audiences around Europe.

Emeka’s vision is to give to the world new, modern music, which innovates and pushes the boundaries of Afrobeat music, continuing on from where it was left by Fela Kuti. Afrobeat has all the ingredients of life, everyone should play it!


As the world’s leading African music ambassador, DJ Edu is at the forefront of championing African talent across the globe. His weekly BBC Radio 1Xtra show, Destination Africa, is the UK’s longest running and most influential African music show. As the pilot of #AfrobossAirlines, Edu represents the 360 degrees of African music, from Johannesburg to Lagos and Nairobi to Gaborone.

Edu’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the scene has also enabled him to regularly contribute to blogs and publications. Most recently, he has written about trends in African music for i-D Magazine, Dazed and The Huffington Post.

Taking place from 4 February – 3 April 2016, Red Africa is Calvert 22’s new season of art, film, events and talks exploring the legacy of the cultural relationships between Africa, the Soviet Union and related countries that flourished during the Cold War.

Please note, the ticket price for this event has changed. If you bought at ticket at the original price you will be contacted by our Box Office regarding a refund.

£9, £7 concs / Main Space / Standing

£1.50 booking fee per transaction (for non-members