Black Sound – Black Cultural Archives

About
The BCA is the UK’s first national Black heritage centre, on a mission to rewrite British history.

Brief
We proposed a series of exhibitions designed to raise visitor numbers by using inclusive creative themes, such as artistic uprising and music. The second idea became the show.

Answer
Co-curated by Lloyd Bradley, Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. The exhibition celebrates the pioneers that made it happen – the players, the promoters, the producers and the punters who changed Britain’s cultural history. It covers three phases of this cultural journey: Original Imports, DIY Culture and Re-mastering the Mainstream – themes that have been consistent throughout the history of Black British music. Black Sound exhibition links individuals, generations and genres and tracks the evolution of multicultural Britain through sound.

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100 albums illustrations

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Jazzie B and Lloyd Bradley

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Eddie Grant and Lloyd Bradley

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Shirley Thompson

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Black Sound Team: Creative Designers: David Bushay, Oscar Park; Illustrator: WillKay; Co-Curator; Lloyd Bradley, Creative Director; Scott Leonard. Media printing; Brixton Graphics; Installation: 2MZ; Sound; Reprezent Radio.