Sounds of the underground

Sounds of the underground

UntoldLondon celebrates 15 years of Asian underground music at Museum in Docklands on Thursday 3 April

The 90s saw the explosion of Asian underground music in East London. It’s now been fifteen years since East London rappers, Asian Dub Foundation, first formed. Join us for a night of live performance, DJs and chat in celebration of the ‘conscious clubbing scene’. Everyone knows about the infamous nights at the Blue Note with Talvin Singh but there’s much more to the story than that…we bring together the key performers, music historians and DJs to reminisce about the local roots and politics of this global music phenomenon.

Sonia Kumari Mehta, of ADFED (the education wing of ADF) and an outstanding hindi vocalist in her own right, will perform an acoustic set accompanied by a tabla player. Then hear classic 90s tunes courtesy of DJ Tabula Rasa. Performers will be joined by Julie Begum (of Bengali community group – Swadhinata Trust) and Ash Sharma (cultural critic and author of Disorienting Rhythms) for a conversation with the editor of UntoldLondon about the highs and lows of the Asian underground.

Alongside taking a look at the past we’ll also be looking at the future of local music. The City Gateway music programme at Limehouse Youth Club reaches out to young people throughout Tower Hamlets, providing them with music training and mentoring, from DJing to MCing. They will be showcasing their own music for the first time at Museum in Docklands.

As always, the rest of the Museum is staying up late, giving you time to take in the 2000 years of docklands history and tales of the river, port and people – including the new London, Sugar & Slavery gallery. And if you want your Docklands evening to continue, why not go next door to 1802, the Museum’s bar, for some Soul Food Tunes and speciality cocktails until 11pm.

The Museum will be staying open late from 6pm to 9pm; entry to the Museum is FREE from 4.30pm on Thursday 3 April.

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Region: All
Start Date: 03/04/2008
End Date: 03/04/2008
Start Time: 18:00 to 21:00
Venue: Museum in Docklands
Venue Address: West India Quay
Press Tickets: Not Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
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Name: Stacey Witter
Phone: 020 7814 5511