EKELE: A Celebration of African Art Composers by Rebeca Omordia & The Institute of Art & Music (AMI5). Media partners: Fourchiefs Media Productions and Colourful Radio.

In 2019 the award winning Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia launched in partnership with the Institute of Art and Music the first ever African Concert Series at the October Gallery in London, described by the BBC as “the African Art Music makes a comeback”. The programme of the series reflects the depth and diversity of African art music, the richly diverse genre of music that originated in Ghana and Nigeria, which forms a bridge between Western classical music and traditional African music.’

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BBC World Service: “African Art Music makes a comeback”

Concert dates

Thursday, 13th February 2019, 7.30pm

EKELE: Piano Music by African Composers.
Rebeca Omordia, piano

The launch event of the African Concert Series with Rebeca Omordia playing music by Joshua Uzoigwe, Ayo Bankole, Fred Onovwerosuoke, Akin Euba and Christian Onyeji

Saturday, 30th March 2019, 7.30pm

An Evening of African Art Song

Victoria Oruwari soprano, Adam Heron, piano

Programme features Nigerian folk songs as well as songs by the London based Jamaican composer Shirley Thompson OBE


Thursday, 2nd May 2019, 7.30pm

The South African Double Bass

Leon Bosch, double bass, Rebeca Omordia, piano

Internationally renowned South African bass player, Leon Bosch with Rebeca Omordia at the piano, play music by Michael Viljoen, Peter Klatzow, David Earl and McLachlan


Thursday, 20th June 2019, 7.30pm

The African Pianism

Piano Recital by Adam Heron

Adam Heron reached the finals of the BBC young musician of the Year in 2018. He will perform pieces by Kwabena Nketia (Ghana), Akin Euba (Nigeria), as well as Albeniz and Bartók


Thursday, 17th July 2019, 7.30pm

String Quartets by African Composers

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

The celebrated Chineke! chamber ensemble performs Joseph Boulogne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges) – String Quartet No 3 in G minor and Florence B Price String Quartet in G minor

Tuesday, 27th August 2019, 7.30pm

The Decus Ensemble by Richard Duebel

String Quartets by African Composers

Decus Ensemble

Violins: Tania Passendji, Hazel Correa.
Viola: Clifton Harrison Cello: Samara Ginsberg

Programme will include:

Godwin Sadoh – Egba Musical Totem for String Quartet

Justinian Tamusuza -Mu Kkubo Ery’ Omusalaaba

Thursday, 19th September 2019, 7.30pm

Uchenna Ngwe

African Art Music for Woodwind

Uchenna Ngwe (Oboe, cor anglais and oboe d’amore),

Rowland Sutherland (flute) &

Yshani Perinpanayagam (piano)

Programme to include:
J. H. K. Nketia (Ghana) -Republic Suite
Bongani Ndodana-Breen (South Africa) – Visions
Fred Onovwerosuoke (Ghana/Nigeria) – Six sketches for oboe and piano

Sunday, 6th October 2019, 7.30pm

Black History Month

Nadine Benjamin, soprano; Nigel Foster, piano & Michael Harper, speaker

Programme to include songs by Florence B. Price, Margaret Bonds and Shirley Thompson

Friday, 1st November 2019, 7.30pm

“Arabesque” Piano Music from the Arab World

Marouan Benabdallah, piano

Renowned Moroccan-Hungarian pianist Marouan Benabdallah has toured as a soloist worldwide. He has received rave reviews for his “Arabesque” programme and he brings it for the first time to the UK at the African Concert Series. Not to be missed!

Dia Succari (1938-2010, Syria) – Suite Syrienne
Salvador Arnita (1914-1985, Palestine) – Introduction and Oriental Dance
Salim Dada (1975, Algeria) – Two Algerian Miniatures
Zad Moultaka (1967, Lebanon) – 3 Muwashahs
Nabil Benabdeljalil (1972, Morocco) – Nocturne No.1
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) – Africa, Fantasy op.89 (arr. M. Benabdallah)

Friday, 29th November 2019, 7.30pm

“Nigerian Odyssey” Piano Music by Nigerian Composers

Glen Inanga, piano

Nigerian-born pianist Glen Inanga has performed as a soloist on world’s most important stages, including at the Lincoln Centre in New York and at Musikverein in Vienna. His piano duo partnership with Jennifer Micallef (the Micallef-Inanga Piano Duo) is reputed to be among the most outstanding piano duos worldwide and continues to make an increasing impact on an ever-widening international audience.

He performs works by Nigerian composers including the world premiere of Ayo Bankole’s “Fugal Dance”.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 7.30pm

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – Nonet in F minor

Members of the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble joined by Rebeca Omordia at the piano

Tickets £10 available via Eventbrite or at the door