Come, discover something new and hear Africa’s musical Lion King in concert, supported by the UK’s favourite Congolese band, Kasai Masai.

The festival of African and Caribbean heritage, arts and culture – Afrikaba – embraces the beauty of the individual, the power of the arts, and the strengths of culture and heritage.

This year’s festival is based around two main events:

Friday 27th September – film screening + Q&A, 7:30pm at Electric Palace Cinema;

Sunday 29th September – Kanda Bongoman in Concert, 3:00pm at St Mary in the Castle.

Film Night at Electric Palace

On Friday 27th September AfriKàBa celebrates the diversity and spirit of life. in association with Electric Palace Cinema. Gwyneth Wint interviews filmmakers at a special screening of two new films.


Twin sprinters Marcie and Mikey are on the verge of adulthood. Marcie loses her brother in a random accident, and with her world in tatters, decides boldly not to accept his death, but to fight to keep him with her whatever it takes. The struggle brings to light long buried feuds, which Marcie must heal, and learn ultimately that love prevails.

Nine nights is a Caribbean term for a Wake. After a death people gather together to eat, drink, dance and talk about the person who died.

The filmmaker, Veronica McKenzie is a documentary film maker, Nine Nights is her feature debut. The film recently won an award at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and screened at the BFI London in August.

Veronica hopes that Nine Nights will resound with people who have experienced devastating loss and been able to make their way back to continue on with this dance called life. It is a funny, poignant, and healing film, which examines the relationship between the three siblings.


A short from filmmaker and musician HKBFiNN, Waiting is a black comedy about anxiety. Paul is a successful man who works in the arts. He has everything a person can have but he also has a small problem with ‘Anxiety’, especially when waiting for news from a new friend. Can he make it through without giving in to his fears? This new drama stars Justin ‘Time’ Pickett, Tunji Falana & Cherise Kirnon. Featuring music by Guillaume Poncelet.

KANDA BONGOMAN – The King of Soukous

Sunday 29th September Kanda Bongoman in Concert, 3:00pm
St Mary in the Castle. 7 Pelham Crescent, Hastings, United Kingdom TN34 3AF

Kanda Bongo Man is one of the biggest stars in World and African music. He revolutionised Congo’s favourite music, Soukous, by introducing mesmerizing guitar solos, giving rise to the famous” KWASA KWASA” DANCE (see it in action on

Championed by John Peel and Andy Kershaw in the late 1980s, he played a key role in introducing African and World music to the mainstream.

Now with a huge and loyal fan base, Kanda’s music receives regular airplay on stations including BBC Radio 3 and Radio 6 Music.

Driven by optimism and happiness, Kanda’s performances are exhilarating, energetic and deeply rooted in Congolese tradition.

For one night only, Kanda Bongoman brings to Hastings the joyous music and dance of central Africa with the UKs favourite Congolese band, Kasai Masai plus dancers. You may have seen Kasai Masai here in Hastings previously at Gwyneth’s Afroparty Nights and also on the Stade Saturdays stage where they were a great hit.

Buy your ticket from or the Tourist Information Centre. Make sure you are part of this unforgettable, sunshine experience.

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