Borderless, organised by GOAT Music, is that rarest of things; a truly original arts series. As a celebration of both UK artists and performers from across the world, the initiative is predicated on providing platforms and voices for music and art often marginalised, ignored or just emerging into the limelight. Their Spring run took place at Battersea Arts centre, showcasing novel interpretations of, and nostalgic elegies to, jazz, reggae, folk, rap, and countless dialects of indigenous music; we in fact spoke to two performers at the time, Sam Lee and Soweto Kinch. They’re coming to the end of their current run at Theatre Royal Stratford East, and it’s been another triumph.

I spoke to GOAT Music’s Dave Gaydon, as well Jamiroquai’s legendary percussionist Sola Akingbola, whose band Critical Mass is the penultimate show for this Borderless run. Photography from the XOA and Anushka performances.

First things first; what was the original concept for The Borderless Series, and has this evolved over time?

Dave Gaydon: We took our inspiration initially from the Brazil Olympics last year and the coming together of different countries and cultures. We wanted to showcase samba alongside afrobeat, dub reggae alongside Malian blues, UK classical alongside Berlin electronica. Breaking down musical borders with global rhythms from across the planet.

There’s such a diversity of the arts across your scheduling, how important is it to promote art that is marginalised, especially from BAME communities?

DG: It is very important to us to represent a highly diverse cross section of different artists from across all communities but particularly those we feel are underrepresented. We are aiming to open ears and eyes to new musical experiences.

You’re finishing a run at Theatre Royal Stratford East, after a run at Battersea Arts Centre in the South; do you plan to try and celebrate these Arts across all of London?

DG: Yes; we would like to continue the Borderless journey across London. We have had the pleasure of working across two beautiful venues not usually associated with live music so would like to find similar spaces to work in. It is very satisfying seeing ticket holders coming in to a venue they have not seen before and the look of amazement on their faces. Hopefully with the incredible music on offer, they will return again and again.

Are there any areas, musical or cultural, that you’d like to explore in future that you haven’t yet touched?

DG: There are so many different areas we have yet to explore. We have worked with a good number of African artists over the past year but would like to seek music from other cultures. India is of particular interest – we work on other festival over there but have yet to bring any of the great artists we work with to the UK. We also want to try some more visual artists working with film and other media.

Sola, Critical Mass combine futurist funk with innovative indigenous sounds, what are you trying to express or portray with this musical clash?

Sola Akingbola: I am constantly asking myself the question of how we come to be who we are? The ideas that shape our thinking and perspective. The fluidity of identity is a very problematic concept to embody for most humans. Music and creativity are wonderful mediums that enable us to ride these concepts in very interesting ways: INFLUENCE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES. As opposed to a “clash”. I feel it’s more like a dance. Seductive and exciting! Of course we all experience our worlds in different ways.

In many ways, this Friday’s performance captures the spirit of Borderless; daring, original, celebrating art which is so often sidelined, how excited are you about this show?

SA: We are tremendously excited about this show. East London has always been a melting pot of creativity and energy. Post -Olympics and everyone is looking East, for all sort of reasons. Stratford was one of the many meeting points for me and my friends to meet before we took off towards the funky underground clubs of the West End. I can’t wait to bring those funky roots back to one of my London bases. A lot of talent has come out of East London, and the rest of London has always kept an eye out. Exciting times indeed!

Dave, in general, what is the plan for the future of Borderless?

DG: We want to continue to discover unique artists from across the globe and showcase them alongside the finest home grown UK talent. Who knows where we go next – we would love to spread the brand nationally and internationally – it is called Borderless after all!

Sola Akingbola's Critical Mass show is this Friday at Theatre Royal Stratford East, and tickets for it, and the final event of the Borderless run starring dancehall legend Horace Andy, can be found here.