The University of Westminster’s Bass Culture research project, led by Senior Lecturer Mykaell Riley, inspired and was the focus of the new episode of BBC Radio London’s Dotun Adebayo programme titled ‘Black British music’ on Sunday 23 October 2016.

The recently launched Bass Culture research project explores the history of Jamaican music’s contribution to the culture and heritage of Britain.

Beside Principal Investigator Mykaell Riley, the discussion panel on the BBC London radio show featured Paul Gilroy, Professor of American and English Literature at King's College London; Dr Michael McMillan, playwright, fine artist and curator; Dr Joy White, independent scholar; and June Reid and Ade Rosenior-Patten of Nzinga Soundz, female sound systems DJs since the 1980s.

Mykaell Riley said on the show: “In a nutshell what the project is looking to do is to profile the legacy, impact and heritage of Jamaican music on British culture, and to highlight its specific contribution to pop / popular music in the UK over the last half century.

“Its impact applies to many-many different areas. It’s a cultural impact, it’s a social impact, it’s a political impact, there is an impact on language, dance, the way we make decisions. Over the last 50 years, it’s an impact on the nature of multiculturalism. It’s an impact on Britishness itself.”

Listen to the full programme on BBC iPlayer.

Read more about the launch event of the Bass Culture research project or visit the Bass Culture research website.

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