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The Black Cultural Archives exhibit is quite extraordinary. It explores the rich legacy of Black British music from the early 20th century to the present.
The wood panel on the wall in the exhibit chronicles the development of Black music in the British Isles, with well-placed text and colourful graphics carved and impressed onto a scroll. It looks like something you might stumble on in an abandoned beachcomber’s hut, or in a once-inhabited tropical forest.
Original posters, flyers and newspaper clippings transform the four walls into a papyrus map that serves as a homage to the great Black pioneers of UK music.
The Soul of a Nation exhibition of Black art at the Tate took me to school.
Above the entrance to the bookshop is a display of LP covers that made me think I was actually dreaming. It is the best concentration of avant garde and arty Black music album covers I have ever come across.
Records that I have only heard of like Elaine Brown’s Seize The Time and Max Roach’s We Insist, were there right above my head to see for the first time.
Also there were LPs there that I only imagined would exist such as La Mont Zeno Theatre’s Black Fairy soundtrack and the The Festival Of New Black Poets In America’s Black Spirits soundtrack.
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Album signing with @luckysoulmusic @indietracks - we are on in 30min! #LuckySoul
Into the woods @latitudefest #LatitudeFestival
Sound checkin @latitudefest