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The hidden history of Britain's
black music, tracing the journey
from Lord Kitchener's calypso
to Dizzee Rascal's Glastonbury triumphs. Showing how the
music helped shape British
culture, just as those that
made it helped shape 
British character. 

BBC Radio 4


12.08.13 – 16.08.13

Shortlisted for the 2014 Transmission Award
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Sounds Like London: The Book

To mark Black History Month 2015, Sounds Like London LIVE! will be devoting itself to film for a weekend and bringing the story of London's black music to the big(gish) screen with The First Sounds Like London Film Festival. Titles include Horace Ove's Reggae; Goldie: When Saturn Returnz; Blue Notes & Exiled Voices; Dread Beat An' Blood; Bow Selector and Lloydie Coxsone At The Tate Britain. 

Complementing the films will be live music from the fabulous Sounds Like London Rhythm Section, and the awesome Nostalgia Steel Band. There will be PAs and Q&As with the film’s makers and stars, plus panel discussions on London’s black music tradition. 

Alongside this black music extravaganza will be a Turtle Bay Caribbean Restaurants & Bars food truck, a complimentary Sounds Like London cocktail, courtesy of Wray & Nephew, while further reading – and copies of Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital – will be offered by New Beacon Books, one of London’s last black book shops. 

The adventures of
Sounds Like London

Signing books at the Housman's Radical Books reading. August 2013

On the panel at How Jamaica Conquered The World. August 2013 L-R: Lloyd; Professor Carolyn Cooper; Mykael Riley; Akala

Signing books at the Housman's Radical Books reading. August 2013


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