Saturday 9th September 6 – 8pm.
‘Flight 1067 to Africa on PBS 106.7FM Melbourne’ presents Lagos based visual artist Lemi Ghariokwu and his ‘Afro Art Beat’ Australian Tour.
Lemi is most known for having created 26 album cover artworks for human rights activist and Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti. He will visit Australia to present his work and co-host a number of events to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of his mentor and friend Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Lemi Ghariokwu is one of Africa’s greatest visual artists, with a career spanning almost 40 years. He has over 2,000 other album cover designs to his credit including covers for Bob Marley and a host of other music legends. His art style is influenced by his deep philosophical views on social and political events, and his designs are multifaceted and combine a variety of styles and media.
He was a member of Fela’s much loved Young African Pioneers, a group of self-proclaimed rebels who supported Fela’s music with their art, poetry, and writings.
Lemi’s works are in the collection of art and Afrobeat lovers around the world. His painting, Anoda Sistem, is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
As part of his tour you can support Lemi by attending these other events listed here:
7th September: Finding Fela screening at The Africa Hub
9th September: ‘Afro Art Beat’ exhibition at Nicholas Projects
9th September: Beasts of No Nation: A Tribute to Fela Kuti at The Night Cat featuring The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
15th September: Panel Discussion at The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas
16th September: ‘Shepparton Afrobeat Celebration’ at St Paul’s African House
11-15th September: Artist in Residence at Northside Records
Limited prints of Fela Kuti albums signed by Lemi will be available for purchase on the night at Nicholas Projects.
Please note this is a Saturday night opening, not our usual Friday, and this is only a one session event.
We are truly blessed to have Lemi grace us with his presence for this opening, making the trip all the way from Lagos, Nigeria.
All profit from sales goes directly to the artist, with Nicholas Projects or associated supporters taking no commission.
We would like to thank PBS 106.7, Stani Goma, Northside Records and Multicultural Arts Victoria.