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The Black Music Research Unit will be hosting our first conference in Spring.

• Saturday May 26th 2018
• At Goldsmith’s, University, London   Click here  ….

We recently contributed to one of the first comprehensive studies on public attitudes towards grime music. Led by events and distribution company Ticketmaster, and one of the UK’s leading voices in grime, Disrupt The State of Play: Grime report was made public October 11th 2017. It assesses the impact of the genre on the mainstream, and reveals its growth, challenges, cultural impact, political influence and more.

See Ticketmaster’s blog news item

Read the full report here

Watch the full State of Play: Grime report video, featuring Posty, Ghstly XXVII, Novelist, Skitz Beatz, Leilah ‘Lilz’ Singh, Kieran Yates, Double S, and Bass Culture Research lead Mykaell Riley: Watch


Vernon St Hilaire

Photo by Vernon St Hilaire. Capital Letters signing contacts at the Shepherds Bush Greensleeves shop 1978. Chris Cracknell & Chris Sedgwick (right). Courtesy of Greensleeves Records.

A pair of reggae-focused daytime events will bring together the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Reggae Research Network and Bass Culture Research projects.

Day 2 of Reggae Futures is being organised by Bass Culture Research. We will mark the mid-way point of our research with a series of presentations from individuals that demonstrate the grassroots energy and activity within the subject area. Beyond the academic community amateurs, fans and artists are busy writing books, making films, organising personal archives. It’s an exciting period and it suggests that Reggae Futures are bright. The day will also include discussions on women in Bass Culture, and on the economics of Bass Culture.

Thursday Nov 2nd @ Senate House, London
Friday Nov 3rd @ Regent St Cinema, London


We are hosting an afternoon of sharing and conversation around black British music heritage. We will be joined by Janet Kay, vocalist on classic lover’s rock hit ‘Silly Games’, Mike Darby of Bristol Archive Records, Shara Rambarran, popular musicologist and Dr. Joy White, leading expert in grime. Each will bring a piece of personal music history – perhaps an old photograph, flyer, piece of vinyl – and these will be the springboard for a conversation around heritage. What is it? Why is it important? What are the challenges for black British music heritage in particular? How can we all be part of tracing and preserving it?

• Sunday November 19th 2017. 11 – 2pm
• Upstairs at the Ritzy in Brixton
• Free. Booking required.
• For more information and to register click here