TalkMusic & Dance

Popular Culture and the Black Archive

Photograph of a woman singing.

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Date

Friday, 24 May 2019

Time

15:00-17:00

Venue

Tate Exchange, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

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TalkMusic & Dance

Popular Culture and the Black Archive

Photograph of a woman singing.

Black music – from Jazz, the Blues, Reggae, Hip Hop through to Grime – has dominated popular music and culture for the last century. But do we know what’s in the UK’s archive collections about Black popular culture? Who’s responsible for collecting this material, framing it and what are its sources? Where are the gaps and the buried and lost artefacts, and is this a fundamentally devalued and fragmented archive? Who has the right to collect, shape and re-frame the Black archive for the past, the present and the future? Why is this an urgent question for communities, artists and activists, and national and regional cultural organisations? What role can digital media play in making archives more accessible and to whom?

This event is part of Who Are We?, a cross-platform event designed and curated for Tate Exchange (Tate Modern) by Counterpoints Arts and The Open University, reflecting on identity, belonging, migration and citizenship. The programme is shaped by co-creation, co-production and exchange among artists, arts and culture organisations, audiences, activists and academics.

The conversation will be facilitated by Hassan Mahamdallie.

Speakers

Errol Anderson

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As the founder of South London-based movement, Touching Bass, he holds down a biweekly NTS Radio session, a label, an innovative discussion/live music series called Speaking In Sound and a monthly dance with a community of friends.

Rita Ray

Ally

Rita Ray presents the African music review for Focus On Africa on the BBC World Service is a regular contributor to the Arts hour and Cultural Frontline.

Chrystal Genesis

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Chrystal Genesis co-founded Stance, an award-winning arts, culture and current affairs podcast exploring diverse, global perspectives, hosted as a transatlantic conversation between Chrystal Genesis in London and Heta Fell in San Francisco. Chrystal is a freelance producer and broadcast journalist.

Tony Nwachukwu

Ally

Tony Nwachukwu is a renowned Music producer, consultant and educator. He specialises in connecting the worlds of music production and learning by creating innovative opportunities with music-focused creative professionals and industry.

Kartel Brown

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Kartel Brown is a curator, DJ, producer, filmmaker and EU Prince of the international House of Comme des Garçon. Kartel is also a prominent member of the UK Ballroom scene and is a member of world renowned ballroom collective and label Elite Beatz Records, founded by Vjuan Allure.

Hassan Mahamdallie

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Hassan Mahamdallie is an artist, playwright, theatre director, writer and specialist in diversity and the arts. A senior policymaker and consultant, he authored Arts Council England’s unique approach: The Creative Case for Diversity.

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