Bass in the Attic (Being Human Festival)-November 2017

On Sunday 19th November 2017, I will be participating in ‘Bass in the Attic’- a discussion panel on Black British Music Heritage. I am delighted to announce that Janet Kay (the Queen of Lover’s Rock), Mykaell Riley (record producer and PI of the Black Music Research Unit/Bass Culture Research Project), and Dr. Joy White (Grime expert and ethnomusicologist) are also part of the panel. This is an open event where the public can also bring and share their music heritage and memories. Details on Bass in the Attic and the Being Human Festival are below.

Event details:

Venue: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Ritzy Cinema, 469 Brixton Road, London, SW2 1JQ United Kingdom
Time: 12pm-2pm
Tickets (free):

Event is hosted by the Black Music Research Unit (University of Westminster) and is part of the  Being Human Festival.

Bass in the attic – The Details:

‘Join Janet Kay, vocalist on classic lover’s rock hit ‘Silly Games’, Mike Darby of Bristol Archive Records and Shara Rambarran, popular musicologist, and Dr. Joy White, leading expert in grime, for an afternoon of sharing and conversation around black British music heritage. Each will bring a piece of personal music history – perhaps an old photograph, flyer, piece of vinyl – and these will be the springboard for a conversation around heritage: What is it? Why is it important? What are the challenges for black British music heritage in particular? How can we all be part of tracing and preserving it?

This is a conversation for all ages and music tastes. Those old music magazines in your loft, cassettes in shoeboxes, that photo you and your friends at a gig? This is heritage in danger of being lost as generations pass. Let’s find it, value it and talk about it. If you’d like to contribute to the community archive come along early with images you’d like to share on your phone.’ (

About the Being Human Festival:

‘Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is a national forum for public engagement with humanities research. The festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.’