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May 2019


OSHUN is an independent hip-hop/soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all.

Since the release of their debut mixtape ASASE YAA in 2015, OSHUN has amassed a heavy social following, and they’ve been recognized by media heavy hitters such as Rolling Stone, The FADER, Viceland, Huffington Post, NPR, Essence, and Vogue (just to name a few).

Don't Touch My Hair - An Evening with Emma Dabiri in conversation with Black Ballad

Join us for an evening of conversation about race, hair and history with Emma Dabiri, author of Don't Touch My Hair, and Tobi Oredein, co-founder of the lifestyle subscription membership platform Black Ballad.
Recent years have seen the conversation around black hair reach the tipping point, yet detractors still proclaim 'it's only hair!' when it never is. Don't Touch My Hair is about why black hair matters and how it can be viewed as a blueprint for decolonisation.

Derek Bishton, Brian Homer and John Reardon : Handsworth Self Portrait: 40 Years On

In 1979 Derek Bishton, Brian Homer and John Reardon created a pop-up photography studio on the street outside the community design and photography office they had established in a terraced house in Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham. 

Instead of taking the photos themselves, they invited passers-by to take their own photograph, passing them the shutter release so they could control the decisive moment of how to present themselves and when they were ready for the picture to be taken.

Living with Difference talk with Black Audio Film Collective Trevor Mathison and Dubmorphology collaborator Gary Stewart.

Gilane Tawadros, author of The Sphinx Contemplating Napoleon (upcoming publication, Bloomsbury, 2019), chairs a discussion with Black Audio Film Collective member Trevor Mathison and Dubmorphology collaborator Gary Stewart. The panel will discuss key themes, including science fiction and the fear of difference and how black British artists in the 1990s were represented.

Please book online or call Ikon Shop on 0121 248 0711. Online booking closes at 5 pm on Sunday 2 June.

Jaz Ellington Legends of Soul


Jaz Ellington: Legends of Soul

The Voice UK’s Jaz Ellington presents Legends of Soul.

With a voice that could melt butter, Jaz performs songs from some of the greatest soul icons that have ever lived, including Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Prince and more.

Lee John of Imagination

With a remarkable career spanning over 3 decades and with record sales in excess of over 30 million albums, LEEE JOHN and his group IMAGINATION released and successfully had so many amazing classic hits.

Both Platinum, Gold, and Silver albums, and singles such as Body Talk, Just An Illusion, Flashback, Music and Lights, and Changes. These perfect Brit Soul/Jazz/Funk songs established IMAGINATION’s position as essential 80’s crossover hit-makers and influence for future generations in the music industry.

Junior Giscombe

“Mama Used to Say” hit the charts in 1982. An infectious soul anthem that became a transatlantic hit for JUNIOR GISCOMBE, and led to Junior’s appearance as the first black British artist on Soul Train and earning him Billboard’s ‘Best Newcomer Award’ presented by the legendary James Brown. The U.S. hit, ‘Too Late’ which reached no 8 and his auspicious debut album ‘Ji’ followed.

Eric Roberson & Chokolate

2x GRAMMY Award-nominee, singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson continues to break boundaries as an independent artist in an industry dominated by major labels, manufactured sounds and mainstream radio. Widely referred to as the King of independent Soul/ RnB, Eric is currently working on his highly anticipated 14th studio album.


Rahsaan Patterson live in concert

Soul vocalist and songwriter Rahsaan Patterson is another in the line of new-school R&B singers who displayed a bit more integrity than most of the chart-toppers during the 1990s. After singing in church from the age of six, Patterson moved with his family from New York to California to star in the children's show KIDS Incorporated. He later moved back to the East Coast, resuming his career with small TV roles and assorted commercials, but returned to Los Angeles in the early '90s to record demos and contribute backing vocals to albums by Martika and Brandy, among others.