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Scenes, Soundsystems and Shebeens

October 11, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Trinity 11th October Poster

To kick off the Music Communities strand of Know Your Bristol on the Move and as part of Black History Month we are holding an event at The Trinity Centre, Old Market on Saturday the 11th of October.

Join us to explore, remember and celebrate Bristol’s Afrikan Caribbean music heritage of the 1970s and ’80s through talks, discussion, archive material, great food and music to make you move.

In the 1970s and 80s small underground clubs and regular house parties provided a necessary avenue of expression for a bubbling African Caribbean music culture that was still not welcome in many mainstream venues. The sounds and spaces of this era would profoundly influence contemporary popular music and our understanding of Bristol today. But this important part of Bristol’s history is little documented in official archives and histories of the City.

Maybe you can help? At this event we don’t just want to hear from the experts – we invite you to bring your own stories, memories and memorabilia. Do you have photos, posters, tickets or flyers stored up somewhere? Maybe you have a memory, story or object of that takes you back to this era? If so, bring them along. Working with a group of young people we will have ability to record stories. We will also have ability to convert posters, photos etc. into high quality digital form and provide you with digital copies.

The aim, with your help. will be to begin to create a digital map of Bristol showcasing the sites and sounds of 70s and 80s Afrikan Caribbean music.

We will also be hearing from our guest speakers:

Richard Davis [ex-Ekome], Clive Smith, Kim Bimkubwa, Norman ‘Rubba’ Stephenson, Dehvan Othieno [Talisman] with your host/MC: Lorna Easy

And well round things off with a dance featuring sounds of the mighty Jah Lokko and Roots Injection Soundsystems.

Free food by Plantation and a cash bar to keep you refreshed.



October 11, 2014
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Justin Williams


The Trinity Centre
Trinity Road
Bristol, BS2 0NW United Kingdom
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