Kafayat Adegoke is 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. #The Monster That Feminism Made Me commissioned by Barrel Organ & Camden People’s Theatre. Adulation demonstration of the goddess Osun #Òrishá. She is also the creator of Bradford Council’s Àsiá twenty-twenty Street Exhibition highlighting Mask; the official flag of 2020.

photo by Becky Payne

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

My long-term goal is to have my own Talk Show; “Providing opinions on everything Im not entitled to” (who wouldn’t want that). A spotlight registered Actor, Combined-Arts Performance Maker, Pop-culture critic, Women’s mouthpiece, Broadcast Journalist, Radio panelist.

Kafayat is a chameleon. Her performance practice is Combined Arts; as she explores boundaries of different art forms. Fusing storytelling with a twist, Nudity as art, Installation art, and Rituals . She acts, sings, dances, body language, performs, curates, rhymes, exhibits within pieces. She is a character-actor!

photo Ian Hodgson

As a Black performer, 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. 

Photo: Karol Wyszynski

With a cheerful facade, 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. She is passionate about expression of self in whatever artistic form and generates her own work, this involves making one-woman shows that explore who she is, Comic relief and work tagged around societal causes. As such, Kafayat is committed to creating work that is contemporary and subversive. Her work sits within the context of The Feminine body, Intimacy, pleasure, Sexuality, Place, One-on-one, Social issues and Identity.

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