Moving Conversation #4: Benjamin Lebrave and Jesse Weaver Shipley

Modern Moves flagged off the second year of Moving Conversations with a West Africa feast! On Friday, 27th of November, we hosted a fabulous public talk with

BENJAMIN LEBRAVE, DJ, Prolific commentator on African electronic music, music producer, talent hunter, and founder of Akwaaba Music, Accra, Ghana,


JESSE SHIPLEY, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Haverford College, USA, specialist on Ghanaian popular music and dance, and the author of the highly readable and eye-opening book, ‘Living the Hiplife: Celebrity and Entrepreneurship in Ghanaian Popular Music (Duke University Press 2013).
And here is the link to his new book!

We were also thrilled to follow the conversation with a live performance by newest Afro-beat and Afro-Jazz sensation, ADEDEJI ADETAYO and his band, who are touring Europe currently promoting his new album, ‘A-Free-Ka-Nism’!

Plus: Our encyclopaediac DJ JOHN ARMSTRONG brought along the best of his Afrobeat and High Life collection! We prevailed on our speaker Benjamin LeBrave to take a turn at the decks too to balance the retro with the electro in his DJ avatar of BBRAVE!
There were too many DANCE SURPRISES as per usual 😀
Along with music, dance, and conversation, we brought back our customised menu of West African themed canapes and Daiquiris.

Food, drink, conversation, music, dance– all for free in the heart of London. What more could you ask for?

Make sure not to miss out on Modern Moves’ next Moving Conversations!