UK’s largest ever Jamaican music exhibition highlights Windrush generation’s impact on Britain. Marking 70 years since Windrush and 50 years of reggae. Features first ever catwalk inspired by Jamaican music and mini film festival. 🇯🇲 🎶
The exhibition features previously unseen artwork, specially commissioned film, top industry speakers, UK reggae label pop-up showcases, live performances, 10 years of Natty, and over 70 hours of individual testimonies, linking – for the first time – the memories and experiences of black British musicians, industry practitioners, academics and audiences.
There will also be an opportunity to witness two exhibition exclusives. The first, a ‘Rude Boy Catwalk’, invites attendees to come dressed as they were when they first experienced a gig influenced by Jamaican music, be it ska or reggae, jungle or grime. Taking place on 9 November, the collaborative catwalk will be the first of its kind to reflect on five decades of fashion inspired by these genres. The second will be a mini film festival that will premiere ‘Bass Culture’, a 60-minute documentary mapping the impact of Jamaican music from a youth perspective.
The exhibition is staged by Bass Culture Research, a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project set up to explore the impact of Jamaican music in the UK. The project made headlines last year after issuing The Grime Report, which led to the withdrawal of Form 696, a controversial risk assessment form criticised for being discriminatory and targeting genres such as grime.
While Jamaican music has been fundamental to the development of multicultural Britain, its influence has arguably never been recognised. Following recent moves to ramp up police stop and search powers, together with claims that Jamaican-influenced genres such as drill are fuelling gang wars, marginalisation and discrimination risks being on the rise again. Bass Culture 70/50 seeks to challenge these negative interpretations and rather recognise the impact of Jamaican culture on not only the musical canon but on British culture and identity itself.
Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS
Free entry, register to get tickets
TIME AND PLACE:
12:00PM – 03:00AM
@ Big Chill House,
257-259 Pentonville Rd,
Advanced ticket prices excluding booking fee: £4 Early Bird, £5 General, £15 Group of 4.
Tickets guarantee entry before 7pm and are available from RA, Ticketweb & Skiddle. Tickets cost more on the door
We are running a competition to win a pair of tickets 5 lucky followers will be in the chance to win.
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‘Jamaica Rum Tings’ now in its third year and is looking bigger, better and bolder than before; a true celebration of Jamaican Independence. ‘Jamaica Rum Tings ’ comes to London’s legendary Big Chill House in Kings Cross for a Carnival warm up whilst wrapping up this summer’s series of events for a unique day and night takeover. The
unbelievable line-up will feature an exclusive
reggae set from Reggae royalty headliners
Daddy G (massive attack) and Brixton’s
homegrown D&B legend Fabio playing
exclusive Reggae sets. Soundclash is hosted
by Serocee featuring teams including Rinse
FMs award winning Uncle Dugs, Disorda and
Rompa’s Reggae Shack. The Real Roots collective returns and Digital Niyabinghi presents an Originators show case featuring Don Letts and Trevor Sax of Saxon Sound. Expect a very special unannounced PA – not a gig to be missed this summer.
The ‘Jamaica Rum Tings’ series is a celebration of Jamaica, inspired by Wray & Nephew’s rich Jamaican heritage, roots and its influence on UK culture.
Guests will enjoy the sounds of Jamaican music from all eras; skank to the latest tracks and salute the original riddims which have inspired these sounds, as well as hear the best in old and new school reggae.
This year, Wray & Nephew will be opening their doors to ‘Wray’s Record Shop’. A hundred of the finest reggae tunes will be played throughout the event curated by Tune of the Day.
A live graffiti wall will appear throughout the day. Guests will also be invited to nominate tunes for the record wall, take photos with legendary DJs and take home a 12” record sleeve souvenir featuring a live personalised graffiti piece of their choice. In addition to this, Fish, Wings & Tings is serving Wray & Nephew Jerk BBQ on the roof terrace to
Wray’s Drinks Trolley returns as guests will be invited to take the Wray & Nephew free pour challenge to win prizes and have the chance to learn how to make the perfect Reggae Rum Punch. As well as impressing their friends that
they can pour the perfect 25 ml shot, 2015 also introduces the ‘Reggae Rum Punch Relay Race’, a new challenge that will see teams of four try and collectively make a Reggae Rum Punch faster than the Jamaican 4x100m relay team’s world record. The reward for such a feat will be an extra special Wray goodie box featuring a limited edition t-shirts, punch making kits, cups, dominoes. Domino tables will be set up for guests to compete in or simply to just sit back, relax and enjoy the play, the Jamaica way.
Through to the early hours, guests will enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Jamaican culture and
a true Jamaican house party. A giant Instagram wall will showcase a documentation of the event and all posts featuring the #WRAYRUMTINGS .
Following Jamaica Rum Tings at Leeds we keep the carnival spirit alive by wrapping up things at The Big Chill, North London (29th August).
Each Jamaica Rum Tings event will be supported with up to ten mini experiences in each local area. The mini Jamaica Rum Tings events will take place in key bars in London, Leeds and Bristol and will offer a range of Jamaican inspired activities, from open deck sessions allowing people to show off their mixing skill as well as the chance to try Reggae Rum Punch from one of the bespoke Wray & Nephew bars.
TIME AND PLACE:
Mon, Wed–Sun 10:00–17:30
@ Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ
For over forty years, following a career as an international model and actor, Rudi Patterson dedicated himself to painting. From the three successive council flats he lived in around Notting Hill he produced a vast body of work, exhibiting widely in London, the UK and internationally – from New York to Melbourne – throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
Following his death last year, this exhibition explores a single theme; Rudi’s extraordinarily potent and vivid representations of his native Jamaica. Including many works never previously exhibited, these depictions of montane landscapes, plantation villages, luxuriant tropical vegetation, rivers and beaches conjure a compelling sense of place, intuitively made from the vantage point of a west London window.
TIME AND PLACE:
@ BOOM Burger, 35 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN
Book your boom online
Watch out East London, here comes the BOOM… The original BOOM Ting!… Burgers with Loud Jamaican Flavors. They’ve got a pop-up running at The Dead Dolls House on Hoxton Square. It’s gonna be their first venture outside of West London, so head down and show some love!
TIME AND PLACE:
12 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AH
Entry: £6 (Tuesdays)
£10 (Wednesday – Sunday)
£8 concessions / £7 ICA Members
In the documentary Marley, Oscar winning director Kevin Macdonald, asks why Bob Marley and his music connect with so many people around the world, and how his philosophy continues to resonate.
Coming out of nowhere and disproving the stereotype that all reggae musicians are laid-back and easy-going though his ambition and hard work, the music, life and philosophy of the late great Robert Nesta Marley OM was shaped and influenced by the political climate of Jamaica. His writings in turn affected the Jamaican politics of the day.
Marley’s music grew out of severe and constant economic impoverishment as well as political discontent with the government and its policies. Dreaming of Che Guevara and the Black Panthers, he was a freedom-fighter himself who became an international symbol of the dispossessed.
‘Marley’ also marks the first time ever that Bob Marley’s family has authorized the use of their own private archives of music, photographs and film.
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TIME AND PLACE:
Doors: 8pm – 4am
@ RED Gallery
3 Rivington Street
London EC2A 3DT
Entry:£7.50 – Buy HERE
VISIONÄRE and the EAST END FILM FESTIVAL present…
A 3-Day Underground Cinema Experience!
Pop-up cinema outfit VISIONÄRE curate a three day underground cinema experience as part of the EAST END FILM FESTIVAL 2011, between April 28-30th. Highlights include first time UK screenings of 5 music-related documentaries, some live music performances, club nights, visual installations and art shows, all designed to create an unforgettable experience for film fans and music aficionados alike.
SAT 30 APRIL ‘DANCEHALL & HIP HOP’. These films will be screened as part of the Visionare Cinema Experience:
Hit Me With Music – Dancehall Documentary
Jamaica continues to be on top of the world-wide music scene, as Reggae has evolved into a new genre, Dancehall. Anywhere, at any time, tunes created by artists from the ghetto tell the story of a society whose reality is marked by violence and poverty. (Tickets)
Furious Force of Rhymes
New York, France, Israel, Palestine, Senegal, Columbia… Hip Hop has travelled through time and crossed many borders as a worldwide protest music. This documentary film is a musical statement of society seen through the eyes of those that make Hip Hop the art form it is today. (www.wegottickets.com)
Rough Trade presents Hip Hop After Party @ Red Gallery Bar – more info HERE
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