Arts & Culture

Hanif Abdurraqib: A Little Devil in America

7:30 pm - 11:30 pm | 25 March 2021
Online | £7.50

‘Abdurraqib’s writing is an antidote to the arched eyebrow of most music journalism. He writes as if music matters. For him, it is a metaphor for human suffering, for race and class, for what it is to be American’  – Nikesh Shukla

Poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib introduces his new book of essays on Black performance in this broadcast event.

The kaleidoscopic A Little Devil in America explores a field that ranges from tap dancing to punk, backing singers to TV hopefuls, through sport, sitcoms, fashion and space travel.

Filled with sharp insight, humour and heart, the book is infused with the lyricism and rhythm of the musicians Abdurraqib loves.

It weaves a unique and intimate history of Black performance in which culture, politics and lived experience collide.

This collection of original essays takes readers from mid-century Paris to the moon, via dive bars, Broadway, and a cramped basement bar in Columbus, Ohio.

Abdurraqib reveals the layers of resonance in both Black and white culture offered by moments like Beyoncé’s Superbowl show or a game of spades.

He explores the politics of American empire, and his own personal history of grief and love.

A Little Devil in America is a celebration of Black performance as it has unfolded and endured to shape individual lives and entire cultures.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a New York Times bestselling poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio.

This event is pre-recorded exclusively for the Southbank Centre.

This online event runs from the 25th March 2021 to 1st April 2021.

Register to attend here

The book ‘A Little Devil in America’ will be released 30th March 2021. You can pre-order it here

How to watch the stream on your preferred device

Tickets and/or purchase confirmations are normally sent to the registered email address and/or telephone number within one hour of the payment transaction being approved.

Watch in a browser

On a phone, tablet or computer
TicketCo TV can be live streamed using all major browsers. Open the e-mail confirmation you received after the purchase, and click the ‘TicketCo TV icon’. This will open a new tab where the event will start. If you have a Google Chromecast (2nd generation or newer) connected to your TV, this can also be used to live stream the event.

Full details on how to view can be found here

Watch on Apple TV or Android TV

If you have an Apple TV or Android TV we strongly recommend downloading our free ‘TicketCo TV’ app for the best streaming experience. Please note that you need TVos 13.0+ on Apple TV, or Android TV version 7.0+ to use our app. Just download the TicketCo TV app from the app store on your Apple TV, or ‘Google Play Store’ on your Android TV.

Once the app is open, you will be asked to add the five letter reference code from your ticket (in the ticket ID field). After confirming your reference code you’ll be redirected to the event. Enjoy the stream.

Full details on how to view can be found here

Watch on Amazon Fire TV

Search for the ‘TicketCo TV’app on Amazon Fire TV Download and open it.

Once the app is open, you will be asked to add the five letter reference code from your ticket (in the ticket ID field). After confirming your reference code you’ll be redirected to the event. Enjoy!

Full details on how to view can be found here

Header image of Hanif Abdurraqib courtesy of BEOTIS

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.