From The Talking Drums To Rap & Grime concert, which took place at Tavistock Hall in Harlesden, North-West London was perhaps the most on-point and edu-entertaining event to mark the 200th anniversary of the Abolition Of The Slave Trade Act.
Last summer the prime ministerial hopeful David Cameron singled out BBC Radio 1's hip-hop show presented by Tim Westwood, accusing the content of encouraging knife and gun crime. He highlights the role of responsibility in his recent missive, "Artists, radio stations and the music industry have a responsibility and a great opportunity to act as positive role models for young people".
17 years after the release of Soul II Soul's ground-breaking 'Club Classics Vol. 1' album, group leader Jazzie B regaled an audience of music industry personnel and fans with stories about his career and the making of the chart-topping album. 'Club Classics Vol. 1' was the subject of the Black Music Congress (BMC) organised Trailblazing British Black Music Album Anatomy, which took place on Thursday at the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) office in London.
Kwaku of the Black Music Congress provokatively points out that the British Black Music Industry is on the verge of collapse and could soon be in terminal decline. What can be done to rectify the situation? Check out Kwaku's thoughts on the topic...