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Bass Culture 70/50 exhibition launches at Ambika P3

Free exhibition explores the work of major figures including Benjamin Zephaniah, Steel Pulse, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Sir Lloyd Coxsone and Don Letts

Ambika P3 will host a free exhibition between 25 October and 23 November. Called Bass Culture 70/50, the exhibition will explore the evolution of UK music during the 70 years since the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush, and 50 years since the advent of British reggae, with the likes of Trojan Records.

On display will be unseen artwork, films, reggae label pop-up showcases and live performances. There will also be over 70 hours of individual testimonies about the experiences of black British musicians, industry practitioners and academics. Contributions will come from Benjamin Zephaniah, Steel Pulse, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Sir Lloyd Coxsone, Don Letts, Blacker Dread, Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay.

The exhibition is in partnership with the AHRC, Black Cultural Archives, the British Library, SOAS, Goldsmiths University, Urbanimage, Camera Press and Fully Focused. Bass Culture Research is a AHRC-funded exploration into the impact of Jamaican and Jamaican-influenced music on British culture.

More information, and links to reserve tickets, can be found on Eventbrite.