Black Theatre Live


What Happens? Musings & Meditations on Life

Langston Hughes remains to this day one of the most prolific and respected African American writers of all time. A leading light of the Harlem Renaissance, his oeuvre spans poetry, short stories, liberettos, journalism and drama.

In a career spanning five decades, Hughes produced thousands of works embodying uncompromisingly incisive social commentary and protest in art of the highest order, from a Black perspective. 

In the company of a talented band of jazz musicians, award-winning actor and singer Tayo Aluko performs dramatized readings of selections of Hughes’s work, interspersing Jazz classics from the era with musical settings of Hughes’s poems and lyrics, and instrumental offerings from the musicians that lend atmospheric backgrounds to meditations and musings on human existence.