The UK’s Very Own Refreshing and Upbeat Genre…GRIME

By Christivie Manga Grime tracks tell a story of Black urban youth experiences growing up in London Origins of Grime Grime is a genre of uniquely Black and British electronic rap/hip-hop music that emerged in East London in the early 2000s. Grime is known to be rapid, syncopated breakbeats, generally around 140 beats per minute,Continue reading “The UK’s Very Own Refreshing and Upbeat Genre…GRIME”

Diving Into the History of the Legendary Jamaican Sound System

by Christivie Manga Fun fact: Did you know sound systems were invented in Jamaica? Sound systems are one of the most overlooked aspects of Black-British music despite being a commercial success story of immense proportions! Sound System: Defined A sound system is the combination of microphones, signal processors, amplifiers, and loudspeakers in enclosures all controlledContinue reading “Diving Into the History of the Legendary Jamaican Sound System”

Notes in time: Retracing the influence of Black British musicians in the 15th-19th centuries.

By Sophia Harberd For centuries Black people have been shaping the popular music scene in Britain. By the 15th century, Black music traditions were being carried en masse with the African diaspora over the 400-year period when swathes of Africans were stolen and brought across the Atlantic into the ‘New World’. This population of theContinue reading Notes in time: Retracing the influence of Black British musicians in the 15th-19th centuries.

Jungle Music & Gentrification

The emergence of jungle music in the early 1990s deserves a special spot on the timeline of Black British music. The unique blend of reggae, reggaeton, dancehall, hip-hop, soul and funk sounds was built on a foundation of Black British artists, yet enjoyed commercially by the masses. Jungle music and the surrounding community marked a safe space for young Black people to partake in their own ‘rave-style’ events.