Other Presentations

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Art As A Weapon: Some Pan-Africanist Examples
Paul Robeson – The Giant, In a Nutshell
This Little Light
From Black Africa to the White House
An Evening with Tayo Aluko
Half Moon. A 15-minute play for a 3-person cast
Dodging Bullets. A 15-minute monologue on mental health
Who Are the Children? A 10-minute monologue for Death Row prisoner, Keith LaMar



A survey of historical and contemporary artists from the African Diaspora who have used their arts in the fight against oppression and white supremacy. The presentation will include slides, some video, and some live performance by Mr. Aluko himself. Art forms illustrated include song, dance, visual art, drama and literature; from Nigeria, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Brazil, Haiti , the UK and the USA.
Duration: 60 mins.


This is a concert of some of Tayo Aluko’s favourite Paul Robeson songs, along with snippets of information about the great man’s life, to live piano accompaniment. Includes powerpoint projection of images of Robeson and events and personalities of significance.
Requirements: Piano and pianist, projection facilities.
Duration: 90 mins plus interval.

PAUL ROBESON: Keeping the light shining through the darkest of times.

Paul Robeson’s immense popularity with audiences at home and abroad led to his strident left-wing radicalism being seen as an increasing threat to the American Establishment. He became portrayed as a dangerous revolutionary and a non-patriot, and finally, in 1950, the State Department cancelled his passport, rendering him unable to travel abroad to perform. It would be another eight years before his passport was restored.

In this presentation, Mr. Aluko talks about Robeson’s refusal to separate his music from his international activism, and plays some relatively rare recordings from that darkest period of Robeson’s life, when American recording studios joined the rest of America in turning their backs on him. He also performs a few extracts from Call Mr. Robeson, and suggests how Paul Robeson can be a source of inspiration to us individually and collectively in today’s dark times.

Duration: 60 mins.

Powerpoint & PA

LECTURE/CONCERT: From Black Africa to the White House: A journey of Resistance, Triumph and Spirituals

This is a musically illustrated talk exploring African pre-slavery history, Africans’ resistance to white domination over the centuries, and their eventual triumph (symbolically at least) with the election and inauguration of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States.

The talk is interspersed with Tayo singing a selection of Spirituals, as composed and sung by enslaved Africans and their descendants, including Paul Robeson, whose life story initially inspired the presentation.


Photo by Sarah Franklin

Other historical and more recent figures who fought for freedom, justice and independence in all parts of the Black diaspora, such as Nelson Mandela, Patrice Lumumba, Queen Nanny of Jamaica and lesser known figures like Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti of Nigeria are introduced.

Religion and African philosophy are discussed, with mention made of Malcolm X, the Nation of Islam and Jesus Christ, who is described as “the most famous non-white revolutionary ever”, and whose life inspired many of the spirituals known and sung to this day.

Duration: 60 minutes without interval
Requirements: A good pianist and a good, tuned piano
(can sometimes by supplied by Tayo Aluko and Friends)
Two standing microphones or a lapel microphone (only required for larger venues)
A lectern
Powerpoint projection facilities.


A concert of songs from different genres to suit the occasion, venue or host. The programme can range from jazz to folk song to opera. Black bow tie or more casual event, piano or band accompaniment. Corporate or social. Contact Tayo to discuss your requirements.


HALF MOON. A 15-minute play by Tayo Aluko

The artefacts of a British stately home are to be sold, and the proceeds divided by a divorcing couple. The white husband and his bi-racial (part African) wife argue over them, including a 3000-year-old Nubian death mask. The spirit of the Princess returns to visits the wife with words of guidance…

Ideal for performance by young people.


DODGING BULLETS. A 15-minute Monologue on mental health in Black men.

Written on commission from Panoptical, who sought responses to a short film made exploring the issue of Black male mental health, Aluko sings, talks and acts out his gratitude for thus far being blessed with good mental health, notwithstanding the stresses and strains of life, and having had some men close to him not being so lucky.

WHO ARE THE CHILDREN? A 10-minute Monologue for Death Row prisoner, Keith LaMar.

Written and first performed for a Freedom First! tour of  Mid-West USA in May 2023, linking Aluko family lore to the position of LaMar and the (in)justice system that holds him and thousands others.

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