A new exhibition tracing Black British music’s journey of creative independence.
Opens 7 April until 4 November 2017.
Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Overcoming the majority status quo of the music industry, Black British music has migrated from the margins to re-master the mainstream. This exhibition celebrates the pioneers that made it happen – the players, the promoters, the producers and the punters that changed Britain’s cultural history.
This timely exhibition combines sound, moving image and archive material, to dynamically tell the story of Black British music. Black Sound takes you through three phases of this musical journey: Original Imports, D.I.Y Culture and Re-mastering the Mainstream. These themes are consistent throughout the history of Black British music, linking individuals, generations and genres – tracking the evolution of multi-cultural Britain through sound.
Black Sound is a raw and energetic exhibition that draws on BCA’s archive collection of ephemera, photographs, vinyl, cassettes, and music tracks to showcase the musical heritage of Black people across the UK. The exhibition narrative has been developed by Lloyd Bradley, author of the critically acclaimed anthology of Black British music Sounds Like London. Bradley’s narrative sews together the rich social history with a powerful soundscape of Black Britain. Audio guided tours will feature as part of the exhibition experience and visitors can listen to a mix of the top 100 most seminal albums from the last 100 years.
Free admission. The exhibition experience includes an audio-guided tour for £3.
Tuesday-Saturday, 10.00am – 6.00pm (last entry 5.30pm)
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