The exhibition, which is accessible 7 days a week, 11am-9pm, has a number of open days set aside to refresh the photographs of the year-long exhibition: March 27, June 26, and Oct. 30 2008.
In addition, the day allows the curator and Brent Black Music History Project (BBMHP) leader Kwaku to make a number of local music history talks, networking, open mic, and performances by the likes of Noel McKoy (March 28), Visions Of Africa Communities posters display (June 26), plus freestyle.
The BBMHP contributors include Sonny Roberts, who set up the first black-owned recording studio and label, Planetone, in 1962, and Carl Parlmer, who along with two brothers set up Pama in 1967, which is the forerunner of Jet Star, Britain’s biggest reggae-specialist distributor.
The contributors include Phil Fearon, former recording artist and owner of the Production House label, Daddy Ernie and Robbo Ranx, reggae presenters on Choice FM and BBC 1Xtra, respectively.
Brent’s unique black music history include the fact that Aswad are the only British reggae band to top the singles charts (with ‘Don’t Turn Around’); Janet Kay’s the only female British reggae singer to make the Top 2 (with ‘Silly Games’); the internationally successful African-fusion band Osibisa; Trojan, once the world’s biggest reggae label, and Island Records, were Brent-based. The latter label signed its biggest star, Bob Marley, who was then living in the borough.
Drop in any time between 11am-9pm on the open days to catch the action.
No need to pre-book. For more information: Ms Serwah, BTWSC co-ordinator, 020 8450 5987, firstname.lastname@example.org.