UK Afrobeats: The Pioneers, the Movement and their Legacy

UK Afrobeats: The Pioneers, the Movement and their Legacy Saturday 14 October, 6.30pm-9.30pm £7, £5 concessions Book online Afrobeat music is not a new sound. Its stylistic features can be found in percussion developed from talking drum, chanted song and the call-and response techniques which have emerged from old cultural traditions. Initially popularised and transported […]

BCA Loves Afrobeats with P Montana

BCA Loves Afrobeats with P Montana Saturday 28 October, 6.30pm-9.00pm £7, £5 concession Book online From Hi-Life to London vibez, Black Cultural Archives celebrates the journey and rise of UK afrobeats at a moment in time when this genre is redefining the Black Sound we listen to today. To mark this special moment in history […]

BCA ON AIR: Free Speech, Censorship, and Music – Is Trapping Dead?

BCA ON AIR: Free Speech, Censorship, and Music – Is Trapping Dead? Saturday 30 September, 6.30pm-9.00pm Free for under 25s, £5 over 25 Book online The spiritual and uplifting sounds of reggae gave birth to a bass culture of sounds that inspired an evolution of techniques to spread conscious music. Toasting over beats informed the […]

BCA ON AIR: The Business of Grime, Where Is The love?

BCA ON AIR: The Business of Grime, Where Is The love? Friday 22 September, 6.30pm-10.00pm £5 Book online From the margins to the mainstream, grime music has ascended from its underground roots to take centre stage in the UK music scene. In the last 10 years, online platforms such as SBTV, GRM daily, Link Up […]

A Tribute to Alton Ellis: The Godfather of Rocksteady and Reggae

Join us for a two-day tribute to Alton Ellis. Together we celebrate his musical legacy. A Tribute to Alton Ellis: The Godfather – Rocksteady and Reggae Pioneer Friday 1 September, 6.00pm-10.00pm Free, booking is essential Book online Friday 1st of September 2017 would have marked Alton Ellis’ 79th birthday. To commemorate this date, we are […]

Brixton Sound Walking Tour

Brixton Sound Walking Tour Saturday 24 June and Saturday 22 July, 2.00pm-4.30pm This extended walking tour will explore the stories and sites that represent more than 100 years of Black music in Brixton. From the musicians who brought jazz to the UK, the record shop that was headquarters to the British civil rights movement, the […]

UK Garage – Sound of a Generation

UK Garage – Sound of a Generation is pop-up exhibition on display in BCA Cafe. From 4 July until 4 August 2017. Marking the 20th Anniversary of UKG’s first number 1, UK Garage- Sound of a Generation takes over the BCA’s café to highlight the achievements and influence the sound had on urban culture. Raw nostalgia […]

The Politics of Music: Steel Pulse and Handsworth Revolution

The Politics of Music: Steel Pulse and Handsworth Revolution takes place on Thursday 20 July, 7.00pm-9.00pm. Steel Pulse is a pioneering and award-winning reggae band that exploded onto the British music scene in the 1970s. Adopting the political messages of Jamaican roots reggae, Steel Pulse helped create a musical platform for British reggae bands to comment […]

Sir Lloyd Coxsone’s DJ Selector and MC Masterclass

Sir Lloyd Coxsone’s  DJ Selector and MC Masterclass takes place on Saturday 1 and 8 July, 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Interested in learning how to DJ? Join us for an exclusive workshop delivered by Sir Lloyd Coxsone renowned for his Outernational Sound System. You will learn how to mix, coordinate and select a variety of different sounds: from […]

Hip Hop Producers Roll Call presented by Black Male Beats

Hip Hop Producers Roll Call presented by Black Male Beats takes place on Friday 11 August, 7.00pm-10.00pm. Streamed Live from Black Cultural Archives, we celebrate contemporary Black British talent in hip-hop and rap through a grand roll call showcasing their best productions and profiles. Since the beginning of the 21st century, a wave of producers has […]