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British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2014: May 31-July 28 2014

July 1 2014 UPDATE

British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2014 continues this month with a number of music industry-focused programmes organised by BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress (BBM/BMC) and partners in Westminster, central London.

BBMM2014 in Westminster

The ‘How The Recording Industry Will Cope & Prosper’ seminar takes place at the office of industry body BPI (British Phonographic Industry) on Monday July 7, 6.30pm. The free seminar aims to highlight strategies label owners and would-be label owners need to survive in these ever-changing times. The panel includes Ian Moss (BPI), Michael Fuller (AIM: Association Of Independent Music); Neil 'Mad Professor' Fraser (Ariwa Sounds), and Kwaku (BBM/BMC; chair).

‘Music Biz Empowerment Half-Day Courses’ take place at the offices of Voluntary Action Westminster (VAW) on Thursday July 17 and 24.  These accessible, affordable, short courses are led by seasoned music industry tutor Kwaku. Elements culled from BTWSC's ONC level 2 accredited Music Industry Overview course cover Copyright & Contracts, Music Publishing, Record Label Management,  and Music Marketing. They cost £20 each; £25 each from July 11.  Making Sense Of Music Licensing masterclass with veteran music publisher Ivan Chandler is set for September 24  afternoon.

A ‘City Showcase Session’ offering a free songwriting clinic, which consists of  live performances and critiques by an experienced songwriter, takes place Tuesday July 22, 7pm at the Apple Store on Regents Street. Panellists to be announced. Even if you're not performing, do come down and hear some fantastic advice and take up an opportunity to network.

Royalty collection organisation PPL (Phonographic Performance Ltd) offers ‘An Introduction to PPL in association with British Black Music Month (BBMM)’ at its office on Thursday July 22, 6.30pm. The free event will explain what PPL does, royalty streams, how members are paid, how to join, and to maximize revenues.

For more details or to book: www.BBM.eventbrite.com


Reggae: Films, Music & Fun is a family-orientated event consisting of film screenings,
British reggae and lovers rock set, plus a mini-records & books fair
at Flash Musicals Theatre, Edgware on Saturday June 28 2014, 3-7pm,
£5/£2 for under-16s: click here.
Bring the family, watch, listen,enjoy and learn a bit of history!

British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2014 Programme (as at 26/05/2014)

Saturday May 31 – July 26 2014 Various venues

BBMM2014 sub-themes in highlighting Marcus Garvey/UNIA @ 100
are struggle, empowerment and justice
Free, except where

editor@BritishBlackMusic.com

www.BBM.eventbrite.com www.BritishBlackMusic.com

DATE/TIME

EVENT

VENUE

COMPETITIONS

Saturday
31.05.14
12.00-8.00pm

British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2014 Launch. Includes 'Should British Black Music Be Concerned About Social Issues?' debate; ‘Addressing Diversity & Racial Equality’ seminar; ‘London & The Great British Black Music Quiz’; Lloyd Bradley’s 'Sounds Like London: 100 Years Of Black Music In The Capital' reading/Q&A; Radio industry seminar with Fusion Sound Radio; Top 20 Most Favourite British Black Music rundown of top voted tracks. To vote for your Favourite BBM Track, irrespective of genre or vintage, single or album track, provided it's commercially released, email by May 30 2014: editor@BritishBlackMusic.com.

Black Music Records & African Crafts & Fair XII. Please see separate Launch programme. Booking & more details: www.HarrowOpenDay2014.eventbrite.com

Harrow Civic Centre 1

Station Road

Harrow HA1 2XY

Harrow & Wealdstone (Overground & Bakerloo), 3 minute walk through car park

Harrow On The Hill (Metropolitan), the 5 minute ride on buses 140; 182; 186; 258; 340

Nominate Your Favourite BBM Track Now! The BBMM2014 launch will close with an hour live set featuring a Top 20 Most Favourite British Black Music Tracks set, to be played live by Fusion Sound Radio presenters. So nominate your favourite British black music track (must be a commercially released as single or album track from any period) via editor@BritishBlackMusic.com. Closing date is May 30 2014, 10pm. There will be some prizes on the night for those whose selections make the top 20!

4 Pairs Of UK UNSIGNED Saturday May 31 Charity Fundraiser & Barbeque Tickets To Give Away! UK UNSIGNED is celebrating 15 years this Saturday, 3pm until late at Brent Media Centre, The Gramge, Neasden Roundabout, Neasden London NW10 1QB. 020 776 6776 or www.ukunsigned.net. £5/£3 under-12s. To be in with a chance of winning a pair of these tickets for our first launch after-party, correctly answer this question: Which borough is the Neasden Roundabout? Email editor@BritishBlackMusic.com. Closing date is Friday May 30 2014, 2pm (add a phone number)

2 Pairs Of Club Skaaville & Roots Rennaissance Family Gathering 2014 Featuring Ashebver & The Afrikan Revolution Tickets To Give Away! Enjoy a night out on Saturdsay May 31, 9pm-2am with conscious, rootical blend of African music featuring saxman Ray Carless, Got2Remember rap group and the pre-teen drummer Heru at The Flyover,

3-5 Thorpe Close, Ladbroke Grove, London, W10 5XL. £10. http://theflyover.co.uk/event/roots-renaissance-family-gathering. To be in with a chance of winning a pair of these tickets for our second launch after-party, correctly answer this question: Which borough is the Flyover? Email editor@BritishBlackMusic.com. Closing date is Friday May 30 2014, 2pm (add a phone number)

6 ‘I Am The Gorgon: Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee And The Roots Of Reggae’ Tickets To Give Away! As part of the African Odyssey screenings - enjoy this 2013 feature documentary on Striker, one of Jamaica’s foremost and most enduring record producers, plus ‘Sound Business’, a short documentary on Mikey Dread and the Coxsone sound system. Saturday June 14 2014, 2pm. BFI @ South Bank. £6.50.

https://whatson.bfi.org.uk. To be in with a chance of winning one or two tickets, correctly answer this question: What important struggle in England ended the same day that Martiin Luther King gave his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech at the March For Jobs And Freedom in Washington? Email editor@BritishBlackMusic.com. Closing date is Wednesday June 11 2014, 2pm (add a phone number)

2 Journey To Justice Tickets To Give Away! Journey to Justice (JtoJ) was created to inspire and support people to become active in social justice movements by learning from past and present human rights struggles. We are a group of educators, youth, community, human rights and faith organisations, artists, film makers, lawyers, musicians, historians, curators and trade unionists. Our patrons are Lord Herman Ouseley, former Chair of the Commission of Racial Equality and founder of Kick It Out – an anti-racist football project. Paul Stephenson OBE, community worker, civil rights activist and leader of the successful 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott against the colour bar. Join us for our launch: a night of music, song, dance, poetry, film and stories to celebrate those who have worked and still work for social justice . Saturday, June 21, 2014, 7.30-10pm at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. £10. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/journey-to-justice-tickets-11069006697. To be in with a chance of winning one or two tickets, correctly answer this question: What important struggle in England ended the same day that Martiin Luther King gave his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech at the March For Jobs And Freedom in Washington? Email editor@BritishBlackMusic.com. Closing date is Wednesday June 18 2014, 2pm (add a phone number)

 

Monday
02.06.14
12.00-3.00pm

BBMM2014 Radio Special BBM/BMC’s Kwaku presents a purely British black music programme, covering a wide range of genres and vintage, plus some community and music industry talk

brentcommunityradio.org.uk

Monday
02.06.14
6.30-8.30pm

Reggae Today: What Would Marcus Garvey Say? Jamaican national hero, pan-Africanism champion and co-founder of the UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association), had strong views on the African identity and role of music. He’s inspired many a roots and culture reggae artist. This discussion seeks to find out what Garvey’s view would be on today’s reggae music as a way of commemorating a century since the founding of the UNIA. Panellists include John Downie (UK UNSIGNED), Mandingo, Dr Robbie Shilliam (facilitator), Kwaku (chair)

David Sizer Lecture Theatre Francis Bancroft Building Queen Mary University

Mile End Road

London E1 4NS

5 minutes from Mile End station (Hammersmith & City, District and Central)

Saturday
07.06.14
7.00-10.30pm

Harrow Mayor’s Social. The Worshipful Mayor Nana Asante & Mayoress Awula Serwah cordially invite you to this pre-clubbing evening marking British Black Music Month (BBMM2014) with the BBM Sound Systems featuring on the decks Da Prezedent (reggae & lovers rock don) and KMT (hip-hop,R&B & eclectica don) spinning a purely British set! Free, but donations welcome for the Mayor’s charities. Free, donations welcome

Harrow Civic Centre 1
Station Road
Harrow HA1 2XY

Harrow & Wealdstone (Overground & Bakerloo), 3 minute walk through car park

Harrow On The Hill (Metropolitan), the 5 minute ride on buses 140; 182; 186; 258; 340

Friday 13.06.14 – Saturday 14.06.14

Gospel Summit 2014.
BBM/BMC is supporting and Kwaku will be representing at Gospel Summit 2014, the independents' breakthrough event. Organised by trade body GMIA (Gospel Music Industry Association), it's the premier event for music industry engagement and networking for artists, songwriters, choirs, worship leaders, label owners, publishers and promoters, and other industryites within the gospel/Christian sector! It includes industry panels, exhibtions, showcases, concerts, networking evening, and workshops. Friday GMIA Executive Luncehon (12noon-4pm) and JUMP Music Video Awards (7.30pm-10.30pm); Saturday Main Industry Day (9am - 4.30pm) and KnowShowcase Concert (7.30pm -10.30pm). £8-£25. For more info or to register: http://www.the-drum.org.uk/single-event/?id=GSKS

 

The Drum Arts Centre

144 Potters Lane

Birmingham

West Midlands

B6 4UU

Saturday 28.06.14

3.00-7.00pm

Reggae Film, Music & Fun. A family-friendly event consisting of the screening of ‘Britain's Contribution To The Development Of Reggae’, a guerilla documentary started by Kwaku in 2012 to mark JA@50 and Gus Berger’s ‘Duke Vin And The Birth Of Ska’, followed by a Q&A, quiz and a selection of purely British reggae! Bring the family, expect to learn and have fun! £5 adults, £2 under 16s, Profits go to charity

Flash Musicals Theatre
Methuen Road
Edgware
Middlesex HA8 6EZ

Monday 07.07.17
6.30-8.30pm

'How The Recording Industry Will Cope & Prosper'. With the recording industry in turmoil, this seminar’s supposed to look at the challenges facing label owners and offer some advice/strategies to overcome. Panel includes Ian Moss (BPI), Michael Fuller (AIM: Association Of Independent Music)

BPI (British Phonographic lndustry)
Riverside Building
Westminster Bridge Road
County Hall
London SE1 7JA

Thursday 17 .07.14 & Thursday 24.07.14
10.30am-4.30pm

Music Biz Empowerment Half-Day Courses. July 17, 10.30-1pm Copyright & Contracts; 2-4.30pm Music Publishing; July 24, 10.30-1pm Record Label Management; 2-4.30pm Marketing. Accessible, affordable, short courses to empower and drive your music industry plans. Small classes, where you can get answers to your questions, improve your knowledge base and confidence. Led by seasoned music industry tutor Kwaku. Elements culled from BTWSC's ONC level 2 accredited Music Industry Overview course. In association with BTWSC and Akoben Awards. £20 each; £25 each from July 1 2014

Voluntary Action Westminster (VAW)
37 Chapel Street
London NW1 5DP
2 minutes walk from Edgware Road (Hammersmith & City)

Tuesday 22.07.14 7.00-8.30pm

City Showcase: Sessions. Organised by City Showcase in association with BBM/BMC, this is a free songwriting masterclass which will include live performances with live critiques. Panellists to be announced Even if you're not performing, do come down and enjoy the evening, hear some fantastic advice and take up an opportunity to network. No need to book. For more details: http://cityshowcase.co.uk/event/city-showcase-sessions-22-july-2014

Apple Store

235 Regent Street

London W1B 2ET

Friday 25.07.14

Saturday 26.07.14

12-10.30pm

Leicester Music Festival. BBM/BMC is supporting the inuagural LMF. Join the thousands who will be enjoying some of the best live black music sounds this summer! Acts include on Friday: Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Katy B, Billy Ocean, Aswad, Soul II Soul feat. Jazzie B, Diversity, and Heatwave; and on Saturday: Labrinth, Union J, Kool and the Gang, The Saturdays, Diversity, Sam Bailey, The Real Thing, Stereo Nation, UB40 ft Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue. We’ve even got a pair of tickets to give away in our COMPETITION. £49-£154. For more info or to book:
www.leicestermusicfestival.co.uk

Welford Road Stadium

Aylestone Road
Leicester
LE2 7TR

EVENTS TO BE CONFIRMED include:

‘Talking Copyright: Are The Changes Good For Business & Innovation?'

Marcus Garvey And Reggae

‘Diversity & Attracting New & Young Entrants Into The Music Industry’ (provisional title)
My Boy Lollipop: From JA To UK, A Musical History





 



Join us this Saturday June 7, 7-10.30pm at the Mayor's Social, a free event for the community and friends of outgoing Mayor Nana Asante in Harrow Civic Centre. DJs Prezedent and KMT on the ones and two. For more info or to book, click here.

British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2014 launched Saturday May 31 at Harrow Civic Centre, ending with a live Top 20 Favourite British Black Music Tracks rundown by Fusion Sound Radio presenters DJ Gloss and TS (see below for Top 20). 

BBMM2014 ends July 26 at the Leicester Music Festival, followed by the last BBMM Radio Special on BrentCommunityRadio.org.uk on Monday July 28, 2-7pm. In between, there will be various activities, such as the Mayor's Social on Saturday June 7, 7-10.30pm at Harrow Civic Centre, through to music industry half day courses on Wednesday July 9 and 16. More details to follow.

To be kept up to date, check out www.BBM.eventbrite.com or join the mailing list: editor@BritishBlackMusic.com.

Favourite British Black Music Tracks (2014)

Top 20 BBM charts, from poll of BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress community.
a) Rundown revealed on May 31 2014 at the launch of British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2014, and b) at the close of BBMM2013 on July 20

(c) 2013/14 BBM/BMC                                                       BritishBlackMusic.com

Favourite British Black Music Tracks (2014)a

Favourite British Black Music Videos (2013)b

Comments

1. 'Fairplay' by Soul II Soul

1. ‘Keep On Movin’’ by Soul II Soul

 

2. 'Warrior Charge' by Aswad

2. ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ by Omar

 

3. 'Back to life' by Soul II Soul

3. ‘Back To Life’ by Soul II Soul

 

4. 'Music' by Omar

4. ‘Secret (Of Success)’ by Cookie Crew

 

5.'Fizzy Lemonade' by Debra Debs

5. ‘Forgive Me’ by Lynden David Hall

 

6. 'Dubplate’ by Carvalho

6. ‘Are You Free’ by Kasiri

 

7. 'Killing Me Inside' by CBlock Muzic

7. ‘Mama Used To Say’ Junior

 

8. 'Empress' by Selah Collins

8. ‘I.O.U.’ by Freeeze

 

9. ‘Holding Back The Years by Simply Red

9. ’21 Seconds’ by So Solid Crew

 

10. ‘Should I’ by Maxi Priest

10. ‘Malcolm Said It’ by Akala

 

11. ‘Ku Klux Klan’ by Steel Pulse

11. ‘In And Out Of Love’ Imagination

 

12. ‘Can You Feel The Force’ by The Real Thing

12. ‘Midnight’ by D’Influence

 

13. ‘Next To Me’ by Emeli Sande

13. ‘Earthquake’ by Labrinth ft. Tinie Tempah

 

14. ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ Labrinth ft Emeli Sande

14. ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ by Massive Attack

 

15. ‘Apparently Nothing’ by Young Disciples

15. ‘Stay A Little While, Child’ by Loose Ends

 

16. ‘Nelson Mandela’ by The Specials

16. ‘Flavour Of The Old School’ by Beverley Knight

 

17. ‘King’ by UB40

17. ‘Pass Out’ by Tinie Tempah

 

18. 'Number 1' by Tinchy Stryder ft N-Dubz

18. ‘Life’ by Des’ree

 

19. ‘Like A Star’ by Corinne Bailey Rae

19. ‘So Rotten’ by Black Twang

 

20. ‘Broken’ by McLean

20. ‘We Can Make It Thumpin’ by ChantiMan

 


BBMM2014 Harrow Mayor’s Social Report By Kwaku

June 14, 2014

As part of outgoing Harrow Mayor Nana Asante’s activities, there was the Mayor’s Social on Saturday June 7, which was an opportunity for the Mayor and Mayoress Awula Serwah to bid farewell to friends and well-wishers within a relaxed atmosphere.

So a week after launching British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2014, we were back at Harrow Civic Centre. BBM Soundsystem DJs Prezedent and KMT were on hand to spin a purely British black music set. The former taking care of reggae and lovers rock, and the latter, R&B, hip-hop, and eclectica.

Whilst I knew they could deliver the goods, music-wise, what I did not bargain for was the laughter and fun that they engendered. It didn’t help that one of the guests, Nirvana egged them on by asking anything but British black music!

Anyway, after it seemed like the DJs were enjoying themselves far too much with their musical battle, I got the audience to challenge them by requesting a particular track or genre. KMT surprisingly obliged Nirvana by acceding to his Jimi Hendrix request. Prezedent showed that DJs can’t rely totally on their digital toys, as a Tradition track would not play on the laptop, nor a track by an act from Birmingham (not UB40) on the tablet.

And Monica’s score keeping of the DJs’ efforts was a bit suspect. One moment she had a 5 out of 10 score, the next minute it was 3 out of 10. One could not put it down to booze, as no alcohol was served!

All in all, a thoroughly entertaining evening was provided, and the DJs amply demonstrated the breadth of British black music, and as many of the tracks were unknown by the audience, that underscored the need for BBMM, where our domestic black music can be highlighted.

Click here to watch the Mayor’s Social on Youtube, or here for details of the family-friendly Reggae: Films, Music & Fun day, including a mini records & books fair on Saturday June 28, 3-7pm with Prezedent spinning another purely British reggae and lovers rock set and dropping some history of the tracks and acts!

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Reggae Today: What Would Marcus Garvey Say? Report Kwaku

June 7 2014

We thank talent quest promoter John Downie, CEO of UK UNSIGNED and reggae record producer, broadcaster and journalist Mandingo for leading the intimate discussion at Queen Mary. Unfortunately, our facilitator Dr Robbie Shilliam, could not be with us due to family commitments.

This report is a summary of points highlighted by the panellists.



Growing up in Jamaica, John talked about how reggae music was propagated in the 1970s. Radio played a lighter shade of reggae, a sort of “uptown” reggae, whereas the dancehalls played the harder reggae, dubplates and reggae that was like the news for the people.

In the 1970s/80s there was cultural music by the likes of Bob Marley and Mighty Diamonds. But by the 1990s, the dancehall had moved somewhere else with the likes of Yellowman. However presently, roots reggae is what’s in demand internationally.

Recalling the 1990s, when reggae music, particularly the strand that fused hop-hop sensibilities, created crossover hits internationally, John thought reggae music could learn more of the business side from the hip-hop fraternity. Whereas hip-hop has its message side in the likes of Public Enemy, it also has a strong business side, as epitomised by Dr Dre, recently described as the Billion Dollar Man, on account of Apple buying his Beats audio business.

Marcus Garvey was not just about preaching race pride, he and his UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) were about self-empowerment, entrepreneurship, and doing for self. Marcus Garvey therefore opined John would like to see the Jamaican reggae creators setting up institutions to control and receive a greater proportion of the revenues generated globally by reggae music. Garvey would naturally applaud the conscious roots artists trying to uplift the people, whilst decrying the materialistic, self-centred strand within dancehall.

Mandingo concurred with this view, but he was also of the view that there was no such genre as dancehall, and that dancehall is simply the place where most people congregated to listen to and dance to music. However, although MCs (known as DJs in Jamaican reggae parlance) now have preeminence, the initial records made for the dancehall featured singers, such as Alton Ellis (see END PIECE below for story of the influence of Alton Ellis early rocksteady classic ‘Girl I’ve Got A Date’, from the mid-‘60s rocksteady through to its late 1960s transformation into reggae. Indeed, when radio wouldn’t support Sugar Minott because he wouldn’t pay payola, he went into the dancehalls, where he sang live over backing tracks!

What we tend to forget, pointed out Mandingo, that the full name of Garvey’s organisation was not just the UNIA, but also included ACL (African Communities League). Underscoring the point of his people being African, whether on the continent or in the diaspora. And that’s why we must be described as African, he said, referencing Peter Tosh’s ‘African’ song.

Garvey, continued Mandingo, was a poet, who had some of his poetry set to music. Also, lines from either his poetry and speeches, have found their way into reggae lyrics. For example, Bob Marley used lines from Garvey’s ‘Man To Man’ poem in the ‘Who The Cap Fits’ song, whilst ‘Redemption Song’ contains bits from Garvey’s speech given in Nova Scotia during October 1937, in which he said: “We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind.”

Conscious performers, whose songs spoke of African history and pride, would have been approved by Garvey. One such person highlighted by Mandingo was an artist from St Ann, the same parish as Garvey, who’s done more than most reggae artists to bring Garvey’s name to the masses through song: Winston Rodney, better known as Burning Spear.

Although we were reflecting on where reggae music was today, it was important to have a historical background. Whilst the roots of the music can be traced back to Africa, in terms of its recent history, Mandingo pointed to possibly the first recorded ska record:

Due to the phasing out of 78 rpm records, the US R&B records enjoyed in the Jamaican dancehalls, were getting short in supply. So in 1956, sound system operator Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd got the Cluett Johnson studio band, Clue J and the Blues Blasters, with guitarist Ernest Ranglin, to record some tracks at Federal Studios. From those sessions came Theophilus Beckford ‘Easy Snapping’, released in 1959, which was a big hit into the early 1960.

This was part of the start of the indigenous Jamaican music industry narrative. But as we have seen, Jamaican music has gone on to influence studio techniques, dub, bass culture music such a drum & bass, bassline, jungle, electronic dance music, etc, plus the songs and records have generated millions of pounds. But if Garvey were alive, he’d ask, why haven’t the Jamaicans, particularly the singers and songwriters, had their fair share?

Part of the answer may lie in the fact that they relied on others to take care of their business for them.

Join us for Reggae Films, Music & Fun on Saturday June 28, 3-7pm at Flash Musicals Theatre in Edgware. The event consists of the screening of  ‘Britain's Contribution To The Development Of Reggae’, a guerilla documentary started by Kwaku in 2012 to mark JA@50 and Gus Berger’s ‘Duke Vin And The Birth Of Ska’, followed by a Q&A, quiz and a selection of purely British reggae! Bring the family, expect to learn and have fun! £5 adults, £2 under 16s, Profits go to charity. For more information or to book: www.BBM.eventbrite.com.

END PIECE:
A bassline of Alton Ellis’ early rocksteady song ‘Girl I’ve Got A Date’ forms the basis of Harry J Allstars’ UK top 10 instrumental hit ‘Liquidator’. The bassline of the Liquidator, was used almost like a sample, in the introduction of the Staples Singers’ US no. single ‘I’ll Take You There’!

Judge for yourselves:
Alton Ellis ‘Girl I’ve Got A Date’ (1966/67)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvzthjJI9Xg&list=RDCvzthjJI9Xg#t=46

Harry J Allstars ‘Liquidator’ (1969)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEt7PtNz6_o

Staple Singers 'I’ll Take You There’ (1972)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY3vgBzgYn4



Join us for Reggae Films, Music & Fun on Saturday June 28, 3-7pm at Flash Musicals Theatre in Edgware. The event consists of the screening of  ‘Britain's Contribution To The Development Of Reggae’, a guerilla documentary started by Kwaku in 2012 to mark JA@50 and Gus Berger’s ‘Duke Vin And The Birth Of Ska’, followed by a Q&A, quiz and a selection of purely British reggae! Bring the family, expect to learn and have fun! £5 adults, £2 under 16s, Profits go to charity. For more information or to book: www.BBM.eventbrite.com.



British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2014 launches on May 31 with the ’Should British Black Music Be Concerned About Issues? debate at Harrow Civic Centre 1. It ends July 25-26 at the Leicester Music Festival. BBMM offers a range of activities, from seminars, courses, performances, competitions, radio specials, quizzes, film shows, fairs, etc. This year, the sub-theme in highlighting Marcus Garvey/UNIA @ 100 is about struggle, empowerment and justice. There will be a purely-British pre-clubbing club night on June 7, and music industry half-day courses on Wednesday July 9 and 16. Full BBMM listings will be posted on www.BBM.eventbrite.com and www.BritishBlackMusic.com

Nominate Your Favourite BBM Track Now!
The BBMM2014 launch will close with an hour live set featuring a Top 20 Most Favourite British Black Music Tracks set. So click here get a head start by nominating your favourite British black music track (must be a commercially released as single or album track from any period)


The BBMM2014 sub-themes in highlighting Marcus Garvey/UNIA @ 100 are struggle, empowerment and justice.

 

 

 

STOP PRESS: We kick off 2014 with 2 workshops set for 1.00-4.30pm in Central London (by Edgware Road tube station) on Wednesday January 15 and 22 2014 covering Licensing, and Music Industry Overview & Music Business Plan. The cost is £50 each. However the following discounted prices apply: £30 each until December 9 2013, £40 each until December 31, and £50 from January 1 2014, subject to availability. For more details or to book:  www.BBMnewyear2014.eventbrite.com.

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Remember, British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2013 takes place June into mid-July. To be kept in the loop: editor@BritishBlackMusic.com.
British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2013 events can be found and booked at  www.bbm.eventbrite.com.

Britain’s favourite domestic black music videos revealed on Saturday at last British Black Music Month event

July 23 2013

Note: The tracks of the top 20 videos will feature at the end of a special 8 hour all-British black music programme by Kwaku BBM on Wednesday July 24, 12noon-8pm on BrentCommunityRadio.org

  1. Soul II Soul ‘Keep On Movin'’
  2. Omar ‘There’s Nothing Like This’
  3. Soul II Soul ‘Back To Life’
  4. Cookie Crew ‘Secret (Of Success)’
  5. Lynden David Hall ‘Forgive Me’
  6. Kasiri ‘Are You Free’
  7. Junior ‘Mama Used To Say’
  8. Freeez ‘I.O.U’
  9. So Solid Crew ‘21 Seconds’
  10. Akala ‘Malcolm Said It’
  11. Imagination ‘In And Out Of Love’
  12. D’Influence ‘Midnight’
  13. Labrinth ft. Tinie Tempah –‘Earthquake’
  14. Massive Attack ‘Unfinished Sympathy’
  15. Loose Ends ‘Stay A Little While, Child’
  16. Beverley Knight ‘Flavour Of The Old School’
  17. Tinie Tempah ‘Pass Out’
  18. Des’ree ‘Life’
  19. Blak Twang ‘So Rotten’
  20. ChantiMan ‘We Can Make It Thumpin’

Soul II Soul’s classic ‘Keep On Movin’’ topped the Fave British Black Music Video Top 20 poll, which was revealed last Saturday (July 20) at a club night at The Ritzy in Brixton, south London, which marked the end of this year’s British Black Music Month. Also at no. 3 was ‘Back To Life’, making the group the only act to have more than one entry in the poll, which was compiled from nominations by BritishBlackMusic.com subscribers.

The top 5 was dominated by R&B and soul by Omar and Lynden David Hall, with Cookie Crew representing rap music.

Tinie Tenpah, whose chart-topping ‘Pass Out’ was placed at no. 17, also received another nod as featured artist on Labrinth’s ‘Earthquake’, which was placed at no. 13. Those two videos represented the most recent hit records.

The rundown of the top 20 was presented by BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress founder Kwaku. It preceded an all-British black music set of reggae, soul, R&B, rap, trip-hop and rave music played by Lindsay Wesker, Pressure Drop and Prezedent.

Akala’s no. 10 entry with ‘Malcolm Said It’ must have particularly pleased a number of fans in the club who pointed to Akala as their favourite British black music artist. Two surprising entries were by little known acts – reggae singer Kasiri, whose socio-political ‘Are You Free’ was placed at no. 6, and rapper ChantiMan, whose video of party track ‘We Can Make It Thumpin’ made it to no. 20

Massive Attack’s classic one-shot ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ video surprisingly only made it to no. 14. The track by the Bristolian trip-hop group was however the last to heard at midnight, when Wesker wound down his DJ set.

“I ended my set with Massive Attack's 'Unfinished Sympathy' because it is a distinctively British record,” explained Wesker, who is also a programmer at MTV. “It doesn't attempt to sound American in any way.  And it was created in Bristol, which is not where most British black music is created, so it has a slightly rural sound.

“The video is not only one of the best British black music videos, it is one of the best pop promos ever made.  A very simple but effective idea, which probably didn't cost that much to make, proving that you don't need a big budget to make a great video.”

Majority of the videos were from the 1980s-90s, and featured R&B, soul and hip-hop by acts such as Junior, Lynden David Hall, Omar, Beverley Knight, and Freeez. Surprisingly reggae and lovers rock, a staple of British black music, were not well represented.

BritishBlackMusic.com editor and the event organiser Kwaku said: “Considering reggae and particularly lovers rock are stapes of the British black music scene, I was surprised that apart from 'Are You Free' by the relatively unknown south London singer-songwriter Kasiri, none other made the top 20. The likes of Janet Kay's ‘Silly Games’ and Linton Kwesi Johnson’s ‘Sonny’s Lettah’ were nominated, but just did not make the top 20.”

However, reggae and lovers rock dominated the DJ sets of Pressure Drop and Prezedent. “As we were in Brixton I had to start my set by celebrating Brixton’s best known if unsung reggae export Coxsone Sound Outernational by way of placing Tenor Fly and Top Cat on the decks,” said reggae music publisher and Colourful Radio presenter Prezedent.

“Some of the other South London voices we danced to included The Reggae Regulars, Michael Gordon, Black Steel, Papa Levi, and Matumbi. I look forward to a longer set next year!!!!!”

R&B acts such as Pasadenas, Misteeq, Billy Ocean and Leona Lewis, and rapper Bashy, also missed out on the top 20.

“A bigger surprise for me was Massive Attack’s classic one-shot video for ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ only getting to no. 14,” added Kwaku. “I expected it to easily reach the top 5. Anyway, it was good that Lindsay Wesker ended his DJ set at midnight with that track.”

The Fave British Black Music Video Top 20 is published at www.BritishBlackMusic.com.

ENDS

Kwaku

BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress founder

editor@BritishBlackMusic.com

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BBMM2013 starts on Saturday June 1 with the ‘What Is Black Music? debate at the Marylebone campus of University of Westminster and ends with Your Fave BBMM Videos, a one-off, free party night at Upstairs at the Ritzy on Saturday July 20, 6.30pm to midnight. Also, we can confirm the topic for this year's Talking Copyright seminar on June 21: 'Should Copyright Be Owned By Creators Rather Than Corporations?'
Just to clear any confusion, we are not short on ideas of what events to organise. However, if you wish to organise an event under BBMM2013 for June into July, then do get in touch. We'd be happy to cross-publicise it, if it fits with the BBMM aims. BBMM aims to highlight domestic black music and music industry issues, provide networking opportunities, improve music industry knowledge and contacts.

To be kept in the loop, either make sure you are on our mailing list, or else join by emailing: editor@britishblackmusic.com.







Most of the BBMM2012 events can be accessed via: www.BBM.eventbrite.com.

ALL COMPETITIONS ARE ANNOUNCED BY MAILOUTS TO MAILING LIST - LOTS OF COMPOS FOR BBMM2012....

STOP PRESS: British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2012 kicks off May 31 2012, 6.00pm in central London with a presentation and debate entitled British Black Music: How Far Have We Come? The debate will be preceded by the screening of a presentation taking into acciount this year's sub-themes - the 10th anniversary of BBM/BMC, Jamaica & Trinidad @ 50, Marcus Garvey @ 100 and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor @ 100.






Also look out for:
Friday 1 June, 7pm. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: the life of the African British musician (1875-1912). Talk by Jeffrey Green. Free. No need to book. For more info: sean.creighton1947@btinternet.com. Part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival. Sponsored by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network.



Fela! Showing at Sadler's Wells until Aug. 28 2011. Click to read Fela! review.
London African Music Festival 9-18 September 2011. Click for LAMF2011 competition tickets!
British Black Music Month June/July 2012 (more details to follow; editor@britishblackmusic.com).
HAVE YOU GOT THE SKILLS TO HELP THE NEW BBM?

As we edge towards the re-launch of the revamped BBM website (we're going social, and it should be easier to post your information, etc - see draft image above) and an improved emailing system (easy unsubscribe, and subscription to newsletters and info of interest to you), we need volunteers with the following skills to help take the BBM website and organisation (our offline activities include events such as debates, courses, seminars, conferences, film shows, concerts, etc) to the next level (email Kwaku, BBM editor on editor@britishblackmusic.com stating your skills, experience and how you can help BBM, and what you'd like in exchange):
Journalists (reviews, interviews, music industry, IP/copyright & education features)
Webmaster
SOTU editor (hard edged, underground, emerging music)
Social media wiz kid
Online/email marketing/communication wiz kid
Events assistants
Advertising/sponsorship handler
For selected British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2011 events, please scroll down.

If you want to get involved,

more information or to programme a BBMM event: editor@britishblackmusic.com.


British Black Music Month (BBMM) is a BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress (BBM/BMC) initiative started in 2006. It takes place throughout June into mid-July. BBMM offers an opportunity to celebrate domestic black music, discuss issues, better understand the music industry, and network. It’s not aimed exclusively at Africans nor at just those in the music industry. BBMM2011 sub-themes are activism and Africa. BBM/BMC works with partners to deliver its programmes.
For more information:
Kwaku
BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress founder
editor@britishblackmusic.com
020 8450 5987

BBMM2011 FINAL WEEK UPDATES - Radio shows, competitions, and the club night wrapup...
RADIO SPECIALS
WHAT: Celebrating British Black Music Month On Voice Of Africa Radio 94 FM
Britain’s only legal African interest radio station Voice Of Africa Radio (VOAR) is supporting BBMM2011 by giving BBM/BMC founder Kwaku a weekly spot to broadcast BBMM related sessions in June/Aug 2011. Catch it live if you can on 94 FM or on VoiceOfAfricaRadio.com. In association with VOAR 94 FM.
You can feedback to the live shows on editor@britishblackmusic.bom, or Skype Kwakukskype.
To volunteer as a BBMM radio production assistant: editor@britishblackmusic.bom.
BBMM Monday 11am-2pm Specials: These shows will generally focus on the musical output of a particular label or artist or genre, interspersed with some chat, including possibly interviews with artists and music industryites. July 4 2011 (Akoben Awards/Music4Causes, conscious hip-hop), July 11 2011 (Wrasse, African), July 18 2011 (Hip-life), July 25 2011 (Ilka Media, African), Aug 1 2011 (Dome, R&B/soul), Aug 8 2011 (Ariwa, Reggae/lovers rock), Aug. 15 2011 (Girls Rule, female artists).

July 18 2011 Update: A power cut in Plaistow this morning meant Kwaku could not present his VOAR show, hence the hip-life special and the Tinny CD competition mentioned below is being postponed to Monday July 25 (possibly 2-4pm - tbc).
We wrap up British Black Music Month 2011 with a club-night on Tuesday July 19, 10pm (see below).
We're also offering a prize each day of this last BBMM week (see our Competitions section each day for a new compo) for UK residents only.
Monday offer was a couple of tickets to AIM's Women In Music & Entertainment Networking given during the 'Niche Genres' seminar at PRS For Music on June 11, however we're offering for today - a pair of tickets to see The South African Gospel Singers' London Queen Elizabeth Hall concert tonight (click to see rest of their UK tour), plus also, a copy of Ghanaian hip-life star Tinny's debut album 'Kaa Bu Ame' - you may have seen him on Cadbury's TV ad for its Ghanaian Fairtrade chocolate.
Tuesday offer is a chance to grab a copy of 'High Life Time 2: Nigerian & Ghanaian Classics From The Golden Years' (Vampi Soul) double-CD; Wednesday offer is a chance to grab one of two copies of Zion Train's 'Dub Revolutionaries: The Very Best Of' double-CD and also a copy of the 'BPI Yearbook 2011'.
Thursday's offer is a chance to win one of two copies of Beverley Knight's newie 'Soul UK' (Hurricane); Friday's offer is a chance to discover the jazzy sounds of Andy Gayle & The Descendants of Jubal's 'The Healing Process' (I For Integrity). There's two copies up for grabs.
Saturday's offer is a chance to grab one of two copies of Charles Elford's fictionalised biography 'Black Mahler: The Samuel Colridge-Taylor Story' (Grosvenor House). Also, we may have some surprise offers during the upcoming weeks, so keep checking the Competitions section. on this last It's our way of sating "thank YOU" for engaging with BBMM2011!

BBMM2011 EVENTS
DEBATE
WHAT: Get Up, Stand Up: Socio/Political Activism & British Black Music?
This debate focuses on what’s happened in Britain - what part have our artists and their music played in socio/political activism in Britain?

Panel: Marc Wadsworth (former Anti-Racist Alliance national secretary), John Dennis (former Rock Against Racism national organiser), Raymond Stevenson (Urban Concepts), Paradise (57th Dynasty). Chair: Kwaku (BBM/BMC founder). In association with Westminster Staff Diversity Group, and highlighting The Prostate Cancer Charity.

Songs Of Activists Or For Activism: Email us your list of artists and tracks from the British black music scene that have a link with activism: editor@britishblackmusic.com. Closing date Monday May 30 2011. Prizes for randomly selected respondents.

WHEN: Wednesday June 1 2011, 6.30-9pm

WHERE: Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP (Victoria)

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

SEMINAR
WHAT: Managing Song Rights & Income Streams
A seminar that highlights the rights and income streams available to songwriters. It also tackles the issue of whether songwriters need managers, and producers being credited as songwriters.

Panel: Malcolm Buckland (PRS For Music), David Stopps (MMF), Kennedy ‘Prezedent’ Mensah (Back 2 Da Future), more tbc. Chair: Kwaku (BBM/BMC founder). In association with MMF and PRS.

WHEN: Wednesday June 8 2011, 6.30-9pm

WHERE: PRS, 29-33 Berners Street, London W1T 3AB (Goodge Street/ Tottenham Court Road)

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com   PS: If you book after 3pm on the day (June 8), you may not receive confirmation, but do turn up, as seats would be made available.

SEMINAR
WHAT: Talking Copyright: What’s All The Fuss?
With the recent prevalence of online activity having moved the subject of copyright from the lofty confines of academic and legal circles into the mainstream consciousness, this seminar is an opportunity for panellists and participants to voice their opinions. What’s copyright? Why should we care about copyright? Where are consumers’ rights? Would the world be a better place without having all rights reserved? What’s all the fuss about?

“Economic evidence is not, of course, the sole driver of IP policy. Legitimate questions of culture, fairness and “just reward” for creators also arise, and have tended to dominate the debate on copyright issues.” Hargreaves Review Of IP, May 2011

Panel: Kienda Hoji (University Of Westminster Commercial Music BA programme director), Saskia Walzel (Consumer Focus policy advocate), Dr Catherine M Lee (IP Kat contributor), Dr Enrico Bonadio (City University London law lecturer), Emmanuel Legrand (World Copyright Summit conference coordinator), Prof Martin Kretschmer (Centre For Intellectual Property Policy & Management director), Danilo Mandic (University Of Westminster Law School doctoral researcher), Chris Cooke (CMU co-publisher & business editor). Chair: Kwaku (BBM/BMC founder). In association with University Of Westminster Commercial Music and CultureTalkClub.

WHEN: Friday June 24 2011, 6.30-9pm

WHERE: University Of Westminster (The Old Cinema), 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW (Oxford Circus)

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

COURSE
WHAT: Music Biz Empowerment Monday Half-Day Courses
Accessible, affordable, short courses to empower and drive your music industry plans. Small classes, where you can get answers to your questions, improve your knowledge base and confidence. Led by seasoned music industry tutor Kwaku. In association with BTWSC and Akoben Awards.

WHEN: Monday June 20 2011
10.30-1.30pm: Music Publishing. Guest speaker Kennedy ‘Prezedent’ Mensah (Back2DaFuture Music)
2.30-5.30pm: Record Label Management. Guest speaker Michael Fuller (Association Of Independent Music)

Monday June 27 2011
10.30-1.30pm: Understanding Copyright & Contracts
2.30-5.30pm: Music Marketing

WHERE: CHC, 60 Ashford Road, Cricklewood Broadway, London NW2 6TU (Cricklewood, Willesden Green, Kilburn; buses 16, 32, 226, 245, 260, 266, 316, 332, 460)

COST/BOOKING: £25 (for 1 course), £45 (for 2), £65 (for 3), £80 (for 4), £100 (5 courses including Making Sense Of How The Music Industry Works & Preparing A Music Business Plan Workshop on Saturday July 2 2011, 1-6pm at Mission Dine Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ. Book before Friday June 17 2011, and pay no processing charges! www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

SEMINAR
WHAT: Niche Genres: Surviving As An Indie Record Company
Tap into guys whose industry experience include founding and running reggae-specialist Ariwa (1981), African/world music-specialist Stern’s (1983), R&B/soul-specialist (tbc), and dance music-specialist Funktastique (2000), to find out advice and strategies for surviving as an indie within a presently turbulent industry. Find out what Association Of Independent Music (AIM) can do for you, whether you’re an experienced or novice record label owner.

Panel: Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser (Ariwa Sounds), Robert Urbanus (Stern’s Music), Faron McKenzie (RepMe), Michael Fuller (Association Of Independent Music). Chair: Kwaku (BBM/BMC). In association with AIM.

UPDATE: We're offering 2 tickets each worth more than £30 to AIM's Women In Music & Entertainment networking evening on July 18 to attendees of this event - see competition for more details.

WHEN: Monday July 11, 6.30-9pm

WHERE: PRS, 29-33 Berners Street, London W1T 3AB (Goodge Street/ Tottenham Court Road)

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: editor@britishblackmusic.com

COURSE
WHAT: Making Sense Of How The Music Industry Works & Preparing A Music Business Plan Workshop
Begins by explaining how the music industry works, in order to join the dots by understanding the various careers within the music industry, the functions of the key industry organisations, income streams, and rights. Led by music industry tutor Kwaku.

This is followed by a music business plan workshop led by music business adviser Boomy Tokan (The Music Business Coach). Participants are encouraged to bring their business ideas, and laptops, in order to start the process of writing their business plan or proposal during the workshop. In association with BTWSC and Akoben Awards.
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For any budding entrepreneur, and those applying for the New Music Entrepreneur Grant’s 11:11:11:11:11:11 Challenge.

WHEN: Saturday July 2 2011, 1-6pm

WHERE: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ (by John Buck House & back of Newfield Primary School. Willesden Junction or Dollis Hill. Buses 18, 206, 226, 260, 266, 487)

COST/BOOKING: £25 (See deal with Music Biz Empowerment Monday Half-Day Courses on Monday June 20 & 27). Book before Friday June 17 2011, and pay no processing charges! www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

DISCUSSION/QUIZ
WHAT: Liz Mitchell: From Brent To The Top Of The Music World With Boney M
With three no. 1 albums, and two no. 1 singles which are in the UK Top 10 all-time best-selling singles list, Boney M were not only successful in UK, but also massive across Europe, Asia, and even had the odd hit in the US! Singer and now also a reverend Liz Mitchell returns on home ground to recall her life changing experience as a Harlesden, Brent girl who in 1976 joined disco record producer Frank Farian’s Germany-based Boney M group.

This is a rare opportunity to hear behind the scenes stories of one of the biggest and enduring pop groups ever. It’s a family-friendly event, where the audience will have an opportunity to ask Liz questions. In association with Brent Libraries.

The event’s preceded by the Brent Black Music History (BBMHP) Quiz, and ends with the BBM Sound System’s ‘Brent Mix’ session. Remember: you can borrow the BBMHP DVDs or books from Brent, and selected outside borough, libraries.

WHEN: Thursday June 30 2011, 6-9.30pm

WHERE: The Space, Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, London NW10 2SF (Willesden Green. Buses 52, 98, 206, 260, 266, 302, 460).

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

FILM/DISCUSSION
What: 'Dream Girls' screening, followed by Q&A with the big question: What can we learn from this American story?
Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top! Sounds familiar? A Film Club presentation in association with BBM/BMC
When: Friday July 1, 6.30-9.30pm
Where: Flash Musicals, Methuen Road, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 6EZ (8 minutes walk from Edgware station: Station Rd, Whitchurch Ln, Buckingham Rd, Chandos Crescent, Methuen Rd)
Cost: £5 (£2 children) pay at the door. Refreshments including popcorn provided.
To book and for more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com

RADIO SPECIALS
WHAT: Celebrating British Black Music Month On Voice Of Africa Radio 94 FM
Britain’s only legal African interest radio station Voice Of Africa Radio (VOAR) is supporting BBMM2011 by giving BBM/BMC founder Kwaku a weekly spot to broadcast BBMM related sessions in June/Aug 2011. Catch it live if you can on 94 FM or on VoiceOfAfricaRadio.com. In association with VOAR 94 FM.

You can feedback to the live shows on editor@britishblackmusic.bom, or Skype Kwakukskype.
To volunteer as a BBMM radio production assistant: editor@britishblackmusic.bom.

BBMM Monday 11am-2pm Specials: These  shows will generally focus on the musical output of a particular label or artist, interspersed with some chat, including possibly interviews with artists and music industryites. June 6 2011 (rmixed selection), June 13 2011 (Ariwa, reggae), June 20 2011 (Stern’s, African), June 27 2011 (Maya/Tunde, African classical), July 4 2011 (Akoben Awards/Music4Causes, conscious hip-hop), July 11 2011 (Wrasse, African), July 18 2011 (Hip-life), July 25 2011 (Ilka Media, African), Aug 1 2011 (Dome, R&B/soul), Aug 8 2011 (Ariwa, Reggae/lovers rock).

Six Corners Of African Music: Monday June 20
2011, Midnight-5am: Kwaku’s live selections from
Stern’s ‘Africa: 50 Years Of Music’ 18-CD box set!

DISCUSSION
WHAT: Where Is Africa In Words, Music & Politics?
A free and open discussion on where Africa and Africans are within British society, arts, media and politics. It will be recorded for later transmission on Voice Of Africa Radio 94 FM.
Families welcome.
Panel: Space Clottey (Voice Of Africa Radio CEO), Biyi Adepegba (Joyful Noise promoter), Baffour Ankomah (New African editor tbc), Toyin Agbetu (Ligali.org founder), Yemisi Mokuolu (Hatch Events promoter), Ms Serwah (BTWSC co-ordinator/NewAfricanPerspective.blogspot.com blogger), Niles 'Asheber' Hailstones (Afrikan Revolution Collective band leader), Rita Ray (The Shrine DJ/promoter). Chair: Kwaku (BBM/BMC founder). Kicks off with Silas Zephania performing ‘Nationality’.  In association with Voice Of Africa Radio 94 FM.
WHEN: Friday July 8 2011, 6.30-9pm
WHERE: Voice Of Africa Radio 94 FM, 24 Swete Street. Plaistow, London E13 0BS (Plaistow. Buses 241, 262 and 473 from Stratford).
COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: editor@britishblackmusic.com
www.britishblackmusic.com

DISCUSSION/SHOWCASE
WHAT: Akoben Awards/Music4Causes Presents 4 The Hard Way: Hip-Hop On A Conscious Tip
A chance to hear some conscious rap, including tracks made for BTWSC & Akoben Awards’ Music4Causes edu-tainment strand, and for artists and the inter-generational audience to explore issues around hip-hop music as used to educate, entertain, empower through videos, discussions, performance and special freestyle by conscious rappers, including Paradise, Silas Zephania, and Kimba.

If you wish to flex your lyrical skills to the theme that will be given during the event, you are welcome to join the freestyling session. In association with BTWSC, Akoben Awards/Music4Causes. Suitable for adults and young people.

Calling all conscious artists and fans of positive music: You’ve got until Saturday July 9 2011 to complete Akoben Awards’ simple two question Do We Need A Focus On Conscious, Black Music? survey. Complete online at www.Bstop.net: http://alturl.com/6dmbm.

WHEN: SUNDAY July 10 2011, 3-6pm

WHERE: Moyo Solidarity Centre, 365 Brixton Road, Brixton (by Police Station), London SW9 7DA (Brixton. Buses: P5, 2, 3, 35, 45, 59, 133, 159, 196, 322, 333, 345 415).

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.comeditor@britishblackmusic.com


FILM/DISCUSSION/MUSIC
WHAT: Talking Films & Celebrating South Africa!
It’s an opportunity to look at and talk about the role of films in education, and activism, particularly in South Africa.

Q&As with invited special guests follow the screening of excepts from ‘Amandla! A Revolution In 4 Part Harmony’, BBM/BMC and BTWSC films, and African-American actor, singer and political activist Paul Robeson’s films.

There will also be a celebration of South Africa through displays, BBM Sound System’s ‘SA Mix’, and give away prizes at this inter-generational event. Food on sale. In association with BTWSC.

WHEN: Friday July 15 2011, 6-9.30pm
WHERE: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ (by John Buck House & back of Newfield Primary School. Willesden Junction or Dollis Hill. Buses 18, 206, 226, 260, 266, 487)

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.comeditor@britishblackmusic.com


FAIR/SHOWCASE
WHAT: Black Music Records & African Crafts Fair X/Community Fun Day
Come and have an enjoyable day at the 10th incarnation of this fair. All are welcome - it’s family friendly atm osphere for fun, buying and selling, plugging something, trying something different, having a say or showing off your talent on the mic!

The place for African crafts, clothes, food, posters, books, live music, karaoke, free African drumming lessons by Brother Kofi, open mic for artists, organisations and vendors, face painting, bouncy castle, clown, oware games, and an opportunity to find out your Ghanaian day name. Artists and label owners, do business on a community tip - just get a stall and sell your CDs or old vinyl, etc! In association with BTWSC and Voice Of African Radio 94 FM.

WHEN: Saturday July 16, 1-6pm 2011

WHERE: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ (by John Buck House & back of Newfield Primary School. Willesden Junction or Dollis Hill. Buses 18, 206, 226, 260, 266, 487)

COST/BOOKING: Free entry.
A stall costs £15 plus processing fee before July 13 2011 (afterwards £20 plus processing fee). For more info or to book: www.britishblackmusic.com   editor@britishblackmusic.com

RADIO SPECIALS
WHAT: Celebrating British Black Music Month With Radio Specials
The following programmes are devoted to British black music:
Friday June 3 2011, 9-11pm. Good Groove Guide: Two hours of vintage Britfunk and soul with Larry Vidal on 91.8 Hayes FM or www.hayesfm.org.

Sunday June 5 2011, 4-6pm. Black Connections: Two hours of conversation interspersed with homegrown reggae and soul on 91.8 Hayes FM or www.hayesfm.org. BBM’s Kwaku will be a guest on this show.

Sunday June 12 2011, 9-11pm. Sugar Radio: Two hours of upfront British R&B and hip-hop music helmed by Wayne C McDonald on NE1FM 102.5 or www.ne1fm.net.

Saturday June 25 2011, 7-9pm. Back 2 Da Future Show: The Prezedent commemorates the twenty-first anniversary of his Ragazine column with a purely British lovers and reggae show on www.playvybz.com. Don’t forget to catch Prezedent & co. at the Back 2 Da Future Music Presents June Is Black British Month Showcase & Party @ Moonlighting Nightclub official BBMM2011 wrap-up on Tuesday July 19 2011, 10pm-3am at Moonlighting Nightclub, 16 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DR (Tottenham Court Road). Advance payment of BBM Special Guest List price £3 (£10 on the day): To pre-book:
www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

DISCUSSION/SHOWCASE
WHAT: Akoben Awards/Music4Causes Presents 4 The Hard Way: Hip-Hop On A Conscious Tip
A chance to hear some conscious rap, including tracks made for BTWSC & Akoben Awards’ Music4Causes edu-tainment strand, and for artists and the inter-generational audience to explore issues around hip-hop music as used to educate, entertain, empower through videos, discussions, performance and special freestyle by conscious rappers, including Paradise, Silas Zephania, and Kimba.

If you wish to flex your lyrical skills to the theme that will be given during the event, you are welcome to join the freestyling session. In association with BTWSC, Akoben Awards/Music4Causes. Suitable for adults and young people.

Calling all conscious artists and fans of positive music: You’ve got until Saturday July 9 2011 to complete Akoben Awards’ simple two question Do We Need A Focus On Conscious, Black Music? survey. Complete online at www.Bstop.net: http://alturl.com/6dmbm.

WHEN: SUNDAY July 10 2011, 3-6pm

WHERE: Moyo Solidarity Centre, 365 Brixton Road, Brixton (by Police Station), London SW9 7DA (Brixton. Buses: P5, 2, 3, 35, 45, 59, 133, 159, 196, 322, 333, 345 415).

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

GRANT/ENTERPRISE
WHAT: New Music Entrepreneur Grant’s 11:11:11:11:11:11 Challenge.
Akoben Awards is offering an NME grant of £1,111.11 plus free music industry mentoring, to a new music industry entrepreneur aged 18-25 of African descent. Selection is based on submission of a short plan/proposal of on how you’d find, sign, market and release a record or launch a music industry product or service with a maximum budget of £1.111.11.

That’s the 11:11:11:11:11:11 Challenge - you must be ready to launch on Friday November 11 2011 at 11:11:11. It’s a grant, which means you do not have pay back if the project does not make a profit, but if it makes a profit, a minority share goes to Akoben Awards. In assocition with The Music Business Coach.

For more info, application form: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com. Closing date is July 30 2011.

NME applicants may wish to attend the Making Sense Of How The Music Industry Works & Preparing A Music Business Plan Workshop on Saturday July 2 2011, 1-6pm. It’s run by seasoned music industry tutors Kwaku and Boomy Tokan, and you’re helped to start drafting your plan/proposal during the workshop. Mission Dine Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ. Cost: £25 (See deal with Music Biz Empowerment Monday Half-Day Courses on Monday June 20 & 27). Book before Friday June 17 2011, and pay no processing charges! www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

FILM/DISCUSSION/MUSIC
WHAT: Talking Films & Celebrating South Africa!
It’s an opportunity to look at and talk about the role of films in education, and activism, particularly in South Africa.

Q&As with invited special guests follow the screening of excepts from ‘Amandla! A Revolution In 4 Part Harmony’, BBM/BMC and BTWSC films, and African-American actor, singer and political activist Paul Robeson’s films.

There will also be a celebration of South Africa through displays, BBM Sound System’s ‘SA Mix’, and give away prizes at this inter-generational event. Food on sale. In association with BTWSC.

WHEN: Friday July 15 2011, 6-9.30pm
WHERE: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ (by John Buck House & back of Newfield Primary School. Willesden Junction or Dollis Hill. Buses 18, 206, 226, 260, 266, 487)

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

CLUB/SHOWCASE
WHAT: Back 2 Da Future Music Presents June Is Black British Month Showcase & Party @ Moonlighting Nightclub
Back 2 Da Future Music Presents June Is Black British Month Showcase & Party @ Moonlighting Nightclub is the official BBMM2011 wrap-up club session with DJ Prezedent, KMT, Seani B and co. on the ones and twos playing a special set devoted to British black music, and nice vibes.

Includes guest artist performances by Glamma Kid, Chardel, Blak Twang, Lloyd Brown, Babyboom, Mr Williams, Juxci-D, and Rodney P.

Come and party, as we also commemorate the twenty-first anniversary of Prezedent’s Ragazine column and see off the end of BBMM2011. Pre-bookers get a massive discount to this historic West End club, which is £3, instead of £10 at the door. It takes place Tuesday July 19 2011, 10pm-3 at Moonlighting Nightclub, 16 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DR.
WHEN: Tuesday July 19 2011, 10pm-3am

WHERE: Moonlighting Nightclub, 16 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DR (Tottenham Court Road)

COST/BOOKING: Special BBM guest list pre-booked price £3 (£10 at the door)
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You can find out about previous BBMM events from this homepage - just scroll down to view the selection of activities, etc. We'll also be posting our updates of reports and photos at www.bstop.net, the free arts and community listings site.

Although most of the offline events are free, it's important to pre-book by simply emailing and indicating which particular event you wish to attend.
TYLER PERRY NOTICE: If you're tired of stereotypical, ghetto-centric African-American films, and hunger for a family-friendly film, then you need to a) grab one of the 3 Tyler Perry movies released on DVD for the first time in the UK, and if you want a cinematic experience, Why Did I Get Married Too, starring Janet Jackson and Jill Scott, is currently showing in the UK.


WORLD CUP CLASH? We've tried not to programme on important match days, but if there's a clash - tape the footie for later viewing, and attend a BBMM event to power-boost your industry knowledge and contacts!

British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2010 will be kicking off May 28, 7-9pm with a Launch incorporating a Quiz, Networking & Performances, right up to the close on July 17 with the African Crafts & Records Fair, which will include an open mic session outdoors, on indoors if rain threatens!

Click to preview some of the BBMM2010 events.
If you want to be in the loop, make sure you join the mailing list: editor@britishblackmusic.com. To find out about previous BBMMs or if you'd like your event included in BBMM2010, see background at: British Black Music Month (BMMM)

What: Launch of British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2010, Networking, The Great British Black Music QUIZ, plus performances by up & coming artists Brie Boateng and Tayshan! Come and find out more on what’s in store such, as the British Black Music List 2010, the £10k New Music Entrepreneur Grant’s 10x6 Challenge, African music competitions, plus show off your knowledge of domestic black music during the quiz – loads of prizes to be won! Caribbean food on sale. Not to mention an opportunity to publicise your activities and make contacts!
When: Friday 28 May, 7-9pm
Where: The Space, Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, Willesden Green NW10 2SF
Cost: Free, but food will be on sale
To book and for more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com

What: Is Popular Black Music Empowering Us? Panellists including Asst. Min. Brother Polymin Muhammad (Nation Of Islam), Dennis Gyamfi (Strength In Numbers youth rep), Kwaku (Black Music Congress), plus guest artist lead on an important debate before an inter-generational audience during the mid-term break
When: Tuesday 1 June, 8-10pm
Where: Bridge Park Complex, Brentfield (Harrow Road), Stonebridge NW10 0RG
Cost: Free, but pre-booking necessary
To book and for more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com

What: Ruff Cutt Band 30th Anniversary Concert. One of Britain’s leading reggae bands celebrate its 30th anniversary with what should be one heck of a reggae fest, with the Dread Broadcasting Corp. crew on the decks. A WOM@ promotion
When: Friday June 4, 7pm
Where: The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY
Cost: £10/£15
To book and for more information: www.carnivalvillage.org.uk/2010/06/04, 0844 412 4641

What: Managing No. 1 Artists & Songwriters. Panellists include Billy Grant (Jay Sean manager), Clive Allick (Terence Trent D’Arby), Jon Webster (Music Managers Forum CEO), Kwaku (Black Music Congress founder) provide the low down on managing crossover talent
When: Monday, 7 June, 6-8pm
Where: PRS Basement, 29-33 Berners Street, London W1T 3AB
Cost: Free, but pre-booking necessary
To book and for more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com

What: Talking Copyright: Reflecting On A 300 Year History & The Music Industry. Panellists including Kienda Hoji (lawyer/director of Uni. Of Westminster commercial music), David Stopps (MMF UK & International copyright & related rights director), Pauline Henry (ex-Chimes singer/IP consultant), Dave Laing (researcher/lecturer), Ben Challis (lawyer/lecturer), and Kwaku (BMC) lead an irreverent yet factually-rich discussion covering various angles - history, landmark cases, causes célèbre, 'good' and 'bad' copyright stories/policies, etc in association with University Of Westminster’s Centre For Black Music Research
Aimed at music industry, media and law students and lecturers, and music industry and practitioners, who determine wrap-up vote: a) are today's copyright laws robust enough for an internet age? b) copyright awareness: have we lost the fight to win the hearts & minds of the youths – tomorrow’s consumers?
When: Tuesday June 15, 6.30-8.30pm
Where: University Of Westminster (The Old Cinema), 309 Regents Street, London W1B 2UW
Cost: Free, but pre-booking necessary
To book and for more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com

What: British Black Gospel: An Invisible Industry? Gospel/arts practitioner Andrea Encinas (British Gospel Arts director), music entrepreneur T Oyelola (Guvna B manager), gospel TV programmer Patrick Campbell, gospel TV presenter/producer Michael Owusu, and other panel members lead on an investigation as to whether Britain has a gospel industry, and what is needed to grow a domestic gospel industry. Chair: Kwaku (BMC).
When: Thursday June 17, 6.30-8.30pm
Where: 365 Brixton Road, Brixton (by Police Station), London SW9 7DA
Cost: Free, but pre-booking necessary
To book and for more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com

What: African Oyé. The biggest global African music and culture festival in Britain, and it’s free! Get to Liverpool to catch the good vibes and discover ‘new’ sounds on June 19: Boukman Eksperyans (Haiti), Les Espoires De Coronthie (Guinea Conakry), The Gangbe Brass Band (Benin), To Coca (Haiti), Victor Démé (Burkina Faso), and on June 20: Carlou D (Senegal), Les Freres Guissé (Senegal), Michael Rose (Jamaica), Rasites (UK), and Tomezclao (Cuba)
When: Saturday June 19-Sunday June 20, 12.30-9.30pm
Where: Sefton Park, Liverpool
Cost: Free
For more information: www.africaoye.com

What: Kissing History: Reminiscing Over 25 Years Of Kiss FM. Kiss FM co-founder Gordon Mac and some of people involved, especially in the early days of the iconic pirate, and post-pirate, radio station recall their memories of their time at influential station
When: Friday June 25, 6.30-9pm
Where: Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP (near Victoria station)
Cost: Free, but pre-booking necessary
To book and for more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com

What: Keeping It Legal: Live And On-Air. Whether you’re operating a community or web radio, promoting or playing live, find out about how to keep on the legal side with the right licenses, health & safety etc from PRS For Music, MU, etc.
When: Monday 28 June, 6.30-8.30pm
Where: PRS Boardroom 29-33 Berners Street, London W1T 3AB
Cost: Free, but pre-booking necessary
To book and for more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com

What: The Lovers Rock Story (rough cut version) screening, Q&A with director Menelik Shabazz, a fundraiser to complete this first theatrical film focused on the British created “romantic reggae” genre; BMC shorts
When: Friday 2nd July, 6.30-9.30pm
Where: Flash Musicals, Metheun Road, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 6EZ (8 minutes walk from Edgware station: Station Rd, Whitchurch Ln, Buckingham Rd, Chandos Crescent, Methuen Rd)
Cost: £5
To book and for more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com

What: Brent Black Music History Live Presents Ruff Cutt Band @ Brent Respect Festival. This will be a welcome return on home turf for the Ruff Cutt crew, who started their music project locally 30 years ago in 1980. So expect them to be on top form to show why they’ve been the no. 1 supporting band for many a visiting Jamaican reggae singer. Their set, which kicks off around
When: Sunday July 4, 1-8pm (Ruff Cutt set on main stage kicks off around 5.30pm)
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Cost: Free – everybody welcome!

What: Trailblazing British Black Music Album Anatomy: ‘Osibisa’ (MCA 1971). Panellists Teddy Osei (band leader), David Howells (head of marketing & A&R), Gerry Bron (management via video), Robin Denselow (journalist), Kwaku (chair, BBM/BMC), Julian Wall (facilitator, BPI) offer a rare opportunity to find out from some of the people who played a role in the success of ‘Osibisa’, which reached no. 11 in the album charts in 1971 at a time when prog rock ruled, and the ‘world music’ term had not yet been coined.
When: Monday July 5 2010, 6.30-8.30pm
Where: BPI, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JA
Cost: Free, but must pre-book
To book and for more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com

What: Black Music Records & African Crafts Fair. A fun day for all ages and races to check out for some hard to find records and bargains, handicrafts, Caribbean food on sale, networking, open mic plus live session by Black BritanYaa. It’s not Midem, but there’s nothing stopping selling your records here!
When: Saturday July 17, 3-6pm
Where: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ (Venue: 020 8965 5797)
Cost: Free, but pre-booking necessary
To book and for more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com

What: The £10k New Music Entrepreneur Grant’s 10X6 Challenge. Akoben Awards, which is focused on promoting conscious music by artists of African descent, is looking to set a challenge for budding music entrepreneurs! Entrants must independently or withy the help of our mentors a viable project, business or significant target milestone within 3 months on Oct. 10 2010.
Who: Aged 18-25 of African descent? Focused, determined and a go-getter, natural born sales-person or blagger? Can you think out of the box and create a successful music business or project or achieve a significant target milestone with just £1k? If so, why not enter the 10X6 Challenge?
When: STOP PRESS: Due to technical problems, the deadline has been postponed to July 27 2010, and the application fee reduced to £1.

Opens June 1 and closes July 8. Application fee is £10 (reduced to £1 for applications until closing date). Deadline for entering your 2-4 page max plan is July 8, 8pm. Winning entrants informed on Saturday July 10. Remember: This is a grant, not a loan! You can improve your business planning skills by entering the Learn How To Create & Deliver Your Music Industry Business Plan Workshop on Saturday July 3, 10.30am-4.30pm, which is open to anyone whether or not you’ve entered the Challenge.(Further workshops may follow depending on demand).
To apply: For more information: akobenawards@gmail.com, http://bstop.net/microsite.php?id=125&user=Akoben%20Awards

What: Music Biz Empowerment Monday Half-Day Masterclasses. Accessible music industry professional development masterclasses offered to new entrants, and industryites interested in increasing their knowledge of specific subjects. Very small classes & 1-2-1s. Power-boost your knowledge of specialist areas in informal, but intensive half-day classes, led by music industry tutor Kwaku. Some classes may have guest speakers.
Where: Dexion House, Empire Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0EF (4 minutes walk from Wembley Park tube station, 6 minutes walk from Wembley Stadium rail station; buses 83, 224, 182, 297)
Cost: £25 per class (£100 for 6 classes or workshop; £20 per class for AIM, PRS and MPA members)
To book or for more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com
When: Monday June 14, 10.30am-1.30pm, 2.30-5.30pm
Morning: Joining The Dots: Overview Of Understanding How Music Industry Works (guest speaker: Malcolm Buckland, PRS For Music Membership Development). Afternoon: ©, Contracts Music Publishing (guest speaker: Kennedy Mensah, Back 2 Da Future Publishing MD),
When: Monday June 21, 10.30am-1.30pm, 2.30-5.30pm
Morning: What You Need To Know About Running Your Own Record Label (guest speaker: Michael Fuller, AIM head of legal), Afternoon: Managing Your Legal & Business Affairs (guest speaker: Dean Marsh, Independent Label Scheme/music industry lawyer)
When: Monday June 28, 10.30am-1.30pm, 1.30-4.30pm
Morning: Jack Of All Trades: Understanding Artist Management. Afternoon: DIY Marketing & PR (guest speaker: Andy Lysandrou, Audio Music Star owner)
What: Learn How To Create & Deliver Your Music Industry Business Plan Workshop. An opportunity for anyone, including the £10k New Music Entrepreneur’s 10X6 Challenge entrants, to learn the practicalities of putting together a music business plan and build the confidence to deliver. It’s led by music business adviser Boomy Tokan (Sledge Media/Portobello Business Centre music business consultant) and Kwaku (Akoben Awards)
When: Saturday July 3, 5 10.30am-4.30pm
Where: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ (Venue: 020 8965 5797)
Cost: £10
To book and for more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com


BBMM Radio, TV & Video Specials
Colourful Radio is the BBMM2010 media partner. Get regular updates, and look out for BBMM specials by Lindsay Wesker and Dave VJ. Don’t forget to catch Colourful Radio head of music Gordon Mac talking about his old station at Kissing History: Reminiscing About 25 Years Of Kiss FM on Friday 25, 6.30-9pm @ Westminster City Hall by Victoria

WHAT: 100 Tunes That Put The Groove In Britain. Colourtelly, the world's first 24-hour black-interest news channel is looking for opinionated music buffs to take part in this new series, which kicks off on Sunday May 23, 12noon-2pm with BMC’s Kwaku as one of the panelists raving about their most favourite BBM track! If you know your black music, your black British history and your British black musical history, and you can hold your own in a discussion about music, then why not apply to join the panel for the live programme
When: Sundays, 12noon-2pm
Where: Colourtelly TV HQ in London N11
To apply: dotunadebayo@hotmail.com

What: Good Groove Guide. Larry Vidal will dig deeply into his crates to deliver classic British soul, jazz, disco and jazz-funk anthems
When: Friday June 4, 11pm-1am
Where: 91.8 FM, www.hayesfm.org.uk


What: Back 2 Da Future. Reggae journalist and DJ Da Prezedent will be rinsing classic British reggae and underground faves. Send him your reggae-tinged events to announce.
When: Saturday June 5, 7-9pm
Where: www.playvybz.com

What: Black Connections. Simon Akinwunmi and Maria Okenrende will focus their talks and music show on British black music and issues in and outside the sector
When: Sunday June 6, 4pm-6pm
Where: 91.8 FM, www.hayesfm.org.uk


What: The Truth. DJ Mr Jay (Soul Inc) has a quarter of DJing experience to rely on in selecting his choice BBM soul, R&B, disco, and funk classics and anthems. If you don’t catch him live you can listen again on podcast via iTunes, or www.djmrjay.podomatic.com
When: Wednesday June 9, 8-10pm
Where: http://funk.ssradiouk.com

What: Good Groove Guide. Repeat of June 4 show
When: Thursday June 10, 9-11pm
Where: 91.8 FM, www.hayesfm.org.uk


What: Sugar Sundays. Wayne C Macdonald & co will provide a special soundtrack to your Sunday night by concentrating on British R&B classics and anthems!
When: Sunday June 13, 9-11pm
Where: NE1FM, 102.5 FM, www.ne1fm.net

What: BBM/BMC Sponsored OvergroundOnline.com (OOC) Videos. Entertainment and culture online magazine OOC is undergoing a major upgrade. Hopefully it may re-launch in June, in which case the first BBM/BMC sponsored video will be our favourite track/video – McLean’s ‘Broken’. BBM subscribers can vote for their favourite British black music video from June 1 at www.britishblackmusic.com. The winning video will be revealed at the BBM/BMC film screening on July 2 at Flash Musicals in Edgware.



STOP PRESS: If you were wondering why the BMC had not convened its bi-annual debates since 2009, we felt after six years of organising debates at City University London, the next one should concentrate on upping our game by empowering those in the industry with up to date knowledge to best cope with an industry in a state of flux.

So from the end of 2008 we started working on an important conference, where the talking could move people really forward from a business point of view. That meant getting commitment from the Government minister whose remit underpinned the music industry's wheels, so the speak - Copyright.

Well, the Intellectual Property & Higher Education Minister the Rt Hon David Lammy MP was the guest of honour at the BMC convened Copyright + Music Industry + Music Industry Education: 2010, Where Are We At? Conference on Tuesday March 23 2010, 12noon-2pm at the House of Commons (a microsite with conference report and other resources should be ready by late April. In the meantime, we've posted a couple of conference photos below).

This conference was aimed at a wide audience, from key to marginalised stakeholders. This ranged from industry organisations such as UK Music, PRS, MU, PPL, to consumers, musicians, students, lecturers, and naturally, practitioners from the black music sector. Whilst keeping the quality of panellists high, we've kept the cost at a very accessible level - free!

It was, we believe the first music industry conference where a wide cross-section of stakeholders from legal, industry, education, rights users and consumers plus a government minister, had met in the same room to hear where each one was at and their views on current key issues.

We are also in the process of introducing a new mailing list management system via bstop.net, where you chose the lists you want, and can easily update or unsubscribe - 2010, is going to be the start of the 'new' for BMC.

Oh, we'll also be introducing the £10,000 New Music Entrepreneur Grant to kick start the careers of new ad young future music moguls - stay tuned and make sure you're on our mailing list - just email editor@britishblackmsic.com, subject: add me to your mailing list.







June Is British Black Music Month is not far off - it's you've got a partnership proposal - let's hear from you (see below for more on the BBMM initiative).



We have a new members registration system which should be quick and easy to use - sign up for free to submit content to the BBM site, enter our competitions and join in the BBM debate in our discussion boards.

Despite British Black Music Month (BMMM) being bigger in 2009, we had a relatively quiet year, and for good reason. BBM/BMC is in the middle of restructuring in order to best serve our constituents, and we'll be revealing some of our plans in the first quarter of 2010.

Thanks to those who supported BBMM, and the OCN Level 2 music industry overview course introduced by our sister organisation Akoben Awards (to be kept in the loop: akobenawards@gmail.com), and our BTWSC co-organised activities.

For some fun and hopefully a source of debate well into the new year, click to check out The 40 influential British Black Music DJs of the last 40 years! Or else if you want to reflect, you can check out a 1986 Billboard piece which covered an NME feature entitled 'Why British Black Music Does Not Stand A Chance', or check out which British artists I got pundits to tip across 6 different genres for a 2001 Billboard piece entitled 'Black Music In The U.K'.

We plan to post a review of 2009, but before that feature comes online, let's cast our minds two years back to Jan. 2008, when we had our last major forum at City University London. Click to read Rewinding 2 Years To Jan. 2008.

However, if you'd rather just have something to watch - here are some videos which represent British black music in 2009: 2009 UK Rap Up: Mystro's video wrap up, and 2009 Crossovers: The 1Xtra Video Selection.

All the best,

Kwaku
BBM editor
editor@britishblackmusic.com
020 8450 5987



IP & HE minister David Lammy MP and Kwaku (BBM/BMC)

L-R: Kwaku (BBM/BMC), Feargal Sharkey (UK MUSIC), John Kennedy (IFPI), Billy Grant (2Point9 Management), Horace Trubridge (MU)


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"This is the best time to be in the music business," says HKB Finn
"I think the music is in a interesting state right now.  Things are changing, some say for the good and some say for the bad.  But we’ve never had a system where we the people control our music and have direct contact with the audience.  Perhaps there has been too much reliance on corporate culture to define our reality and our success.  Maybe this is the time to make our own radio stations, online, whatever, make our own distribution and make our own profits.  This is the best time to be in the music business.  We define our future by shaping it ourselves or allowing others to shape it for us."

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"I think the music is in a interesting state right now.  Things are changing, some say for the good and some say for the bad.  But we’ve never had a system where we the people control our music and have direct contact with the audience.  Perhaps there has been too much reliance on corporate culture to define our reality and our success.  Maybe this is the time to make our own radio stations, online, whatever, make our own distribution and make our own profits.  This is the best time to be in the music business.  We define our future by shaping it ourselves or allowing others to shape it for us."

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