Welcome to the world of Kafayat Adegoke; a “Yorùba Funkster”. A mug for campaigns channeled through art. Finding commonality globally.

Currently appearing in Russell T Davies’*‘Years and Years’ on BBC One. *’Great British Sex’ on Channel 4. *’Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4‘.  *’Manchester United FC Advert for Premier league tagged #Projectrestart’. Weekly radio show; Roundtable on BCB106.6FM. She worked with 12 Years a slave Director Steve McQueen. Collaborated with 2-time Grammy award winner Lekan Babalola to curate a jazz percussion/poetry rendition of mythical arts with late American Jazz Legend John Coltrane as study. Roadie to Grammy nominee/World-music Juggernaut Fela Seun Kuti & Egypt80. She sits on the Bradford Producing Hub; Creativity Council.

She is the star provocateur of one-woman shows; #PER-SO-NA debuted at The Tetley Art Gallery alongside the Simeon Barclay Bus2Move Exhibition, and picked up for a 2nd commission by Theatre in the Mill, Crucible Theatre Sheffield, and South London’s Fringe venue The Bridge House Theatre. #The Monster That Feminism Made Me commissioned by Barrel Organ & Camden People’s Theatre. #Òrishá Adulation demonstration/Shrine installation of the goddess Osun. She is also the creator of Bradford Council’s Àsiá twenty-twenty Street Exhibition highlighting Mask; the official flag of 2020. “My long-term goal is to have my own Talk Show; Providing opinions on everything Im not entitled to (who wouldn’t want that).”

photo by Becky Payne

To add to the growing buzz of this vibrant and audacious artist, Kafayat has been awarded the Develop Your Creative Practice Grant (DYCP), by Arts Council England.

Body Sx & Pleasure aesthetic Performance Maker, Trauma-informed trained Workshop Facilitator, Exhibition Curator, Pop-Culture Critic, Community Binder, Empathy Enthusiast, Women’s Mouthpiece, Broadcast Journalist, Radio personality.

Kafayat is a chameleon. Her performance practice is Combined Arts; as she is boundary-daring on different art forms. Fusing research based storytelling with the fourthwall performance technique, Nudity art (The living female Body in Performance), Rituals, Libations, and chants. She sings, dances, curates, and rhymes within pieces. She is a character-actor!

photo Ian Hodgson
Photo: Karol Wyszynski

With a sunny dispostion, she is fascinated about how her lived experience intersects with societal expectations of her, while blurring the lines between fact and fiction. Kafayat is driven by her Yorùba identity and her truth, including her cheerful obsession with being a female with a #Vulva. And Osun goddess of bounty. “I use my body as an activated and politicised site, bringing charged materials to it to envisage ‘insideness’ and externalise the unconscious. Through somatic inquiry as quiet artivism, I also use my body as a visceral material to turn feelings of vulnerability into empowering actions that reclaim the sensual, as a political tactic to expose and overcome invisible codes of violence on the feminine body”.

As a person of colour, she has experienced first hand how tough it is to get work because there are limited roles. ”With no intention of moaning, when i see myself on the big screens, it’s often reduced to a stereotype or a cipher. I am not alone in this, there are many POC, who have no visibility except within the confines of certain preconceived ideas”, which is one of the major reasons she became a performance maker where she can generate work for herself. 

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