Tayo Aluko was born in Nigeria, was previously an architect in Liverpool, and is now a professional playwright, actor and singer. As a baritone, he appeared as soloist at the Bridgewater Hall, accompanied by the Hallé Orchestra, and has also performed lead roles in various stage musicals, operas and oratorios. He has toured nationally and internationally with two one-man plays: Call Mr. Robeson (which he performed at Carnegie Hall, New York) and Just An Ordinary Lawyer. He is working on a third, inspired by the life, music and African ancestry of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. During lockdown he wrote a radio play titled Paul Robeson’s Love Song, and recorded it with actors in the USA and Canada. The pandemic also inspired a poem, “Greatness” In a Time of Covid,which has been developed into an multilingual project involving performers from around the world, and into a workshop on the history of colonialism.
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