An exhibition opening next month at the Black Cultural archives in Brixton will celebrate pioneering Black British musicians, fans and promoters and the journey of their music from margins to mainstream.
Black Sound, from 7 April to 4 November, is the story of 100 years of creativity and DIY ingenuity in overcoming the music industry’s status quo, and of the players, promoters, producers and punters who changed Britain’s culture.
It will combine sound, moving images and archive material to take visitors through three phases of the journey: Original Imports; DIY Culture; and Re-mastering the Mainstream.
The BCA says Black Sound is a “raw and energetic” exhibition that will draw on its archive of photographs, vinyl, cassettes and music tracks to showcase the musical heritage of Black people from across the UK.
Lloyd Bradley, author of the acclaimed anthology of Black British music Sounds Like London, has developed a narrative for the exhibition that knits together rich social history and a powerful soundscape.
Audio-guided tours will feature as part of the experience and visitors can listen to a mix of the 100 most seminal albums from the past 100 years.
Admission will be free with audio-guided tours costing £3.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00am – 6.00pm; last entry 5.30pm.
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