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Exhibition: Beyond the Bassline: 500 Years of Black British Music

Location

British Library,

96 Euston Road, London,
NW1 2DB

Dates

This exhibition runs from Fri, 26th Apr 2024 to Mon, 26th Aug 2024.

This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Fri, 26th Apr 2024

Cost: £15

Description

For centuries, Black communities have created music in the UK, melding global influences into a Black British sound that has echoed through generations.

Beyond the Bassline at the British Library, the first major exhibition of its kind anywhere in the world, is about more than music. It’s about the places where these sounds were born: the clubs, the carnivals, the stages, the kerbside auditoriums. It is the voice of community, resistance, culture and joy. It is a celebration of the trailblazers and innovators that brought new music to the UK, and the layered Black experiences that have birthed a thriving musical culture and history.

Beyond the Bassline is a map through Black music in Britain. Transporting experiences give way to absorbing soundscapes, artworks and films produced by artists and collectives across the UK. Archival footage leads into spectacular costumes, interactive displays, and of course, music. And at the conclusion of the exhibition, Touching Bass, a South London-based musical movement and curatorial platform, present a new multi-screen film installation.

Dive into letters from 18th-century composer Ignatius Sancho, glittering props and outfits of glamorous performers, records from the likes of Fela Kuti and Shirley Bassey, nostalgic video archive of grime’s golden era captured on Risky Roadz DVD and the equipment that Jamal Edwards used to start SB.TV, the industry-defining YouTube channel dedicated to Black British Music. Here, alongside over 200 exhibits, they are woven into union as you journey through an ever-evolving and ever-expanding history.


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This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Fri, 26th Apr 2024

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

April 2024

May 2024

June 2024

July 2024

August 2024

Location

British Library,

96 Euston Road, London,
NW1 2DB

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