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University of Westminster’s Bass Culture Research holds first research conference

Music 6 June 2018

Mykaell Riley, Bass Culture lead researcher

The University of Westminster’s Bass Culture Research team has hosted their first conference in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London on Saturday 26 May.

The University of Westminster's Bass Culture Research project is a three-year Arts Humanities Research Council funded exploration of the impact of Jamaican and Jamaican influenced music on Britain, from the post war period to today. The research project, led by the Black Music Research Unit at the University of Westminster, aims at exploring the impact and legacy of Jamaican music on the political, social, musical and cultural landscape of Britain.

The Bass Culture research project, named to reflect the dominant role of the bass frequency within Jamaican music, is the first in-depth retrospective of Jamaican and British music in the UK. The project, which will run until January 2019, is a positive response to the disengagement and lack of awareness surrounding the heritage and impact of Jamaican and Jamaican-influenced music in Britain over the last six decades.

On Saturday 26 May, The Bass Culture Research team organised their first research conference, in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London, celebrating 50 years of reggae music in the UK and the lasting legacy of the Windrush generation and their children on the sound and look of British culture.

The event, organised by Mykaell Riley, Principal Investigator at the University of Westminster’s Black Music Research Unit, included contributions from leading authors, photographers, musicians, DJs and reggae record shop owners and presented screening of interviews, discussions, music, presentations, bookstand as well as an exciting reggae history walk in New Cross.

Talking about the event, Lead researcher Mykaell Riley said: “I am happy with the outcome and look forward to what is yet to come. We are planning what will be the largest exhibition reflecting the subject area in Britain. It encompasses the Windrush generation and music such as ska and at the other end, today’s youth and music such as Grime.”

A second conference as well as an exhibition on the research will take place this October as part of Black history month and will include diverse activities with opportunities for students to engage and network with music professionals.

Read the previous story on the Bass Culture Research project.

Find out more on the Black Music Research Unit.

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