Performer, singer-songwriter, recording artist and workshop facilitator, Papa Sam Alafia, moved to the UK in the late 1980s from Freetown, Sierra Leone in West Africa.
As both a solo musician and bandleader, Sam has recorded and performed with local and international artists at venues and festivals across the world. In the UK, these include The African Centre in Covent Garden, Smollensky’s on the Strand, Band on the Wall and The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and appearances at Blue Dot and Kendal Calling.
Over recent years, Papa Sam has been sharing his native Palm Wine music through workshops for all ages at museums and galleries, including for International Mothers’ Language Day.
He has also run Arts Awards projects for schools and university performing arts students.
His collaborations include working with the Afrocelt sound system, Amani Creatives, the Post-Modern African Peoples Dance Group, Sakoba, Badejo Arts, London, Irie Dance co. Kuzari Arts, Creative Hands Foundation, and the Sounds of the Sirens female songwriting project for Lingua Franca World Community CIC.