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: 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 […]

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 […]

Family Fun Day Celebrating Black Sound

Friends of Black Cultural Archives presents Family Fun Day Celebrating Black Sound takes place on Saturday 22 July, 12.00pm-5.00pm.   The best way to start the summer holiday is at the BCA Friends Family Fun day whereby you can enjoy DJ’s spinning the best of Black British music from the last 50 years, from Silly Games to […]

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 […]

A Tribute to Our Father – Carl Kirton

A Man and His Music – Collector and Historian In 2014, Black Cultural Archives received a donation of material that had been owned by Carl Kirton. Carl Kirton was a Guyanese music and recording enthusiast who came to Britain in 1960. With his own home recording studio, he developed a personal collection over many years, […]

Jazz Workshops

A series of jazz workshops for all ages led by Gary Crosby OBE and Tomorrow’s Warriors.  Jazzy Beatz Tuesday 30 May – Friday 2 June, 2.00pm-5.00pm Are you a young aspiring vocalist, rapper, beatboxer, producer, or instrumentalist? Would you like to celebrate the heritage of Black music in the UK, whilst collaborating with some of the […]