NIGERIAN jazz percussionist Lekan Babalola performs the Yoruba Sonnets at Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday.

The Yoruba Sonnets combine spoken word poetry and mime from Dr Olu Taiwo with live music from Lekan Babalola’s Sacred Funk Quartet for a performance of ancient Nigerian verse incorporating Afro-beat music and the contemporary sound of Western Funk.

Lekan Babalola was born in Lagos State Nigeria where he began playing the conga.

He has released seven albums with his eighth #Mr. Lakaaye coming this summer.

Babalola has also jointly won two Grammy Awards - the first with Ali Farka Touré’s In The Heart Of The Moon and the second for his work with Cassandra Wilson on her album Loverly.

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