Tunji Sowande arrived in London from Nigeria in 1945 to study law and pursue his interest in music. He rose to become a well respected barrister, the first Black Head of Chambers, and finally the first (part-time) Black Judge in Britain. He was an active solo concert performer as a baritone singer, giving concerts for charities and to entertain residents of old people’s homes. On top of it all, he was a great lover of cricket, and became a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the home of cricket. This one-man play written and performed by Tayo Aluko, tells his story, muses on Imperialism, Colonialism and Black people’s struggles for freedom, justice and human rights, in Africa and the diaspora. He is however not a political man – he prefers to do his job and watch sports. He nonetheless does his bit to spread peace and love through the medium of music and song.
Tayo Aluko visited Threlkeld Village Hall previously with his multi-award-winning international hit, ‘Call Mr. Robeson’ about the life of Paul Robeson. ‘Just an Ordinary Lawyer’ has already been critically acclaimed: (**** First Rate, The Guardian), “ brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art” (Dirt & Candy).
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