British Black Music Month Kicks Off june 1 With Music & Activism Debate

British Black Music Month Kicks Off june 1 With Music & Activism Debate

British Black Music Month 2011 kicks off with Get Up, Stand Up: Socio/Political Activism & British Black Music? debate on June 1, and continues into mid-July with different events

British Black Music Month 2011 (BBMM20111) underscores 30 years of British inner-city uprisings and the UN declaration of the year of people of African descent, by adding activism and Africa sub-themes to this year’s events.

The BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress (BBM/BMC) initiative, which started in 2006, is to celebrate domestic black music, discuss issues, promote better understanding of the music industry, and to network, kicks off with a discussion at Westminster City Hall on June 1 entitled ‘Get Up, Stand Up: Socio/Political Activism & British Black Music?’. Panelists include former organisers of Rock Against Racism and Anti-Racist Alliance, two organisations that used music in its campaigning activities.

The month, which stretches into mid-July, includes seminars: Managing Song Rights & Income Streams on June 8, Niche Genres: Surviving As An Indie Record Company on June 24 and Talking Copyright: What’s All The Fuss? on June 24; courses: Music Biz Empowerment Monday Half-Day Courses and Making Sense Of How The Music Industry Works & Preparing A Music Business Plan Workshop; and discussions: Liz Mitchell: From Brent To The Top Of The Music World With Boney M on June 30 and Where Is Africa In Words, Music & Politics? on July 8.

In addition to African music competitions, there will be the BBMM Mondays weekly show on east London’s Voice Of Africa Radio 94 FM station, consisting of a wide range of global African musical styles, plus chat and interviews. The overnight service of June 20 will feature Six Corners Of African Music, with BBM/BMC founder Kwaku playing a live set featuring tracks from Stern’s ‘Africa: 50 Years Of Music’ 18-CD box set!

Other activities include film shows, a fair, radio specials, give-aways, highlights of BBMM supported events, and a New Music Entrepreneur Grant’s 11:11:11:11:11:11 Challenge, open to a young, budding music entrepreneur who submits a business proposal showing how to run a specific business or activity with a maximum budget of £1,111.11 ready to be launched on November 11 2011.

The Back 2 Da Future Music Presents June Is Black British Month Showcase & Party @ Moonlighting Nightclub on July 19 provides the official close to BBMM2011.

All events are free except courses and club night. For more information: editor@britishblackmusic.com, www.britishblackmusic.com

ENDS

Kwaku
BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress founder
editor@britishblackmusic.com
www.britishblackmusic.com
020 8450 5987

Selected BBMM2011 events:
DEBATE
WHAT: Get Up, Stand Up: Socio/Political Activism & British Black Music?
This debate focuses on what’s happened in Britain – what part have our artists and their music played in socio/political activism in Britain?

Panel: Marc Wadsworth (former Anti-Racist Alliance national secretary), John Dennis (former Rock Against Racism national organiser), Raymond Stevenson (Urban Concepts), Paradise (57th Dynasty). Chair: Kwaku (BBM/BMC founder). In association with Westminster Staff Diversity Group, and highlighting The Prostate Cancer Charity.

Songs Of Activists Or For Activism: Email us your list of artists and tracks from the British black music scene that have a link with activism: editor@britishblackmusic.com. Closing date Monday May 30 2011. Prizes for randomly selected respondents.

WHEN: Wednesday June 1 2011, 6.30-9pm

WHERE: Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP (Victoria)

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

SEMINAR
WHAT: Managing Song Rights & Income Streams
A seminar that highlights the rights and income streams available to songwriters. It also tackles the issue of whether songwriters need managers, and producers being credited as songwriters.

Panel: David Stopps (MMF), Kennedy ‘Prezedent’ Mensah (Back 2 Da Future), more tbc. Chair: Kwaku (BBM/BMC founder). In association with MMF and PRS.

WHEN: Tuesday June 8 2011, 6.30-9pm

WHERE: PRS, 29-33 Berners Street, London W1T 3AB (Goodge Street/ Tottenham Court Road)

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

SEMINAR
WHAT: Talking Copyright: What’s All The Fuss?
With the recent prevalence of online activity having moved the subject of copyright from the lofty confines of academic and legal circles into the mainstream consciousness, this seminar is an opportunity for panellists and participants to voice their opinions. What’s copyright? Why should we care about copyright? Where are consumers’ rights? Would the world be a better place without having all rights reserved? What’s all the fuss about?

“Economic evidence is not, of course, the sole driver of IP policy. Legitimate questions of culture, fairness and “just reward” for creators also arise, and have tended to dominate the debate on copyright issues.” Hargreaves Review Of IP, May 2011

Panel: Kienda Hoji (University Of Westminster Commercial Music BA programme director), Saskia Walzel (Consumer Focus policy advocate), Dr Catherine M Lee (IP Kat contributor), Dr Enrico Bonadio (City University London law lecturer), Emmanuel Legrand (World Copyright Summit conference coordinator), Chair: Kwaku (BBM/BMC founder). In association with University Of Westminster Commercial Music and CultureTalkClub.

WHEN: Friday June 24 2011, 6.30-9pm

WHERE: University Of Westminster (The Old Cinema), 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW (Oxford Circus)

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

COURSE
WHAT: Music Biz Empowerment Monday Half-Day Courses
Accessible, affordable, short courses to empower and drive your music industry plans. Small classes, where you can get answers to your questions, improve your knowledge base and confidence. Led by seasoned music industry tutor Kwaku. In association with BTWSC and Akoben Awards.

WHEN: Monday June 20 2011
10.30-1.30pm: Music Publishing. Guest speaker Kennedy ‘Prezedent’ Mensah (Back2DaFuture Music)
2.30-5.30pm: Record Label Management. Guest speaker Michael Fuller (Association Of Independent Music)

Monday June 27 2011
10.30-1.30pm: Understanding Copyright & Contracts
2.30-5.30pm: Music Marketing

WHERE: CHC, 60 Ashford Road, Cricklewood Broadway, London NW2 6TU (Cricklewood, Willesden Green, Kilburn; buses 16, 32, 226, 245, 260, 266, 316, 332, 460)

COST/BOOKING: £25 (for 1 course), £45 (for 2), £65 (for 3), £80 (for 4), £100 (5 courses including Making Sense Of How The Music Industry Works & Preparing A Music Business Plan Workshop on Saturday July 2 2011, 1-6pm at Mission Dine Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ. Book before Friday June 17 2011, and pay no processing charges! www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

SEMINAR
WHAT: Niche Genres: Surviving As An Indie Record Company
Tap into guys whose industry experience include founding and running reggae-specialist Ariwa (1981), African/world music-specialist Stern’s (1983), R&B/soul-specialist (tbc), and dance music-specialist Funktastique (2000), to find out advice and strategies for surviving as an indie within a presently turbulent industry. Find out what Association Of Independent Music (AIM) can do for you, whether you’re an experienced or novice record label owner.

Panel: Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser (Ariwa Sounds), Robert Urbanus (Stern’s Music), Faron McKenzie (RepMe), Michael Fuller (Association Of Independent Music). Chair: Kwaku (BBM/BMC). In association with AIM.

WHEN: Wednesday June 22 2011, 6.30-9pm

WHERE: PRS, 29-33 Berners Street, London W1T 3AB (Goodge Street/ Tottenham Court Road)

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

COURSE
WHAT: Making Sense Of How The Music Industry Works & Preparing A Music Business Plan Workshop
Begins by explaining how the music industry works, in order to join the dots by understanding the various careers within the music industry, the functions of the key industry organisations, income streams, and rights. Led by music industry tutor Kwaku.

This is followed by a music business plan workshop led by music business adviser Boomy Tokan (The Music Business Coach). Participants are encouraged to bring their business ideas, and laptops, in order to start the process of writing their business plan or proposal during the workshop. In association with BTWSC and Akoben Awards.

For any budding entrepreneur, and those applying for the New Music Entrepreneur Grant’s 11:11:11:11:11:11 Challenge.

WHEN: Saturday July 2 2011, 1-6pm

WHERE: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ (by John Buck House & back of Newfield Primary School. Willesden Junction or Dollis Hill. Buses 18, 206, 226, 260, 266, 487)

COST/BOOKING: £25 (See deal with Music Biz Empowerment Monday Half-Day Courses on Monday June 20 & 27). Book before Friday June 17 2011, and pay no processing charges! www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

DISCUSSION/QUIZ
WHAT: Liz Mitchell: From Brent To The Top Of The Music World With Boney M
With three no. 1 albums, and two no. 1 singles which are in the UK Top 10 all-time best-selling singles list, Boney M were not only successful in UK, also massive across Europe, Asia, and even had the odd hit in the US! Singer and now also a reverend Liz Mitchell returns on home ground to recall her life changing experience as a Harlesden, Brent girl who in 1976 joined disco record producer Frank Farian’s Germany-based Boney M group.

This is a rare opportunity to hear behind the scenes stories of one of the biggest and enduring pop groups ever. It’s a family-friendly event, where the audience will have an opportunity to ask Liz questions. In association with Brent Libraries.

The event’s preceded by the Brent Black Music History (BBMHP) Quiz, and ends with the BBM Sound System’s ‘Brent Mix’ session. Remember: you can borrow the BBMHP DVDs or books from Brent, and selected outside borough, libraries.

WHEN: Thursday June 30 2011, 6-9.30pm

WHERE: The Space, Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, London NW10 2SF (Willesden Green. Buses 52, 98, 206, 260, 266, 302, 460).

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

DISCUSSION
WHAT: Where Is Africa In Words, Music & Politics?
A free and open discussion on where Africa and Africans are within British society, arts, media and politics. It will be recorded for later transmission on Voice Of Africa Radio 94 FM.

Panel: Space Clottey (Voice Of Africa Radio station manager), Biyi Adepegba (Joyful Noise promoter), Baffour Ankomah (New African editor tbc), Toyin Agbetu (Ligali.org founder), Ms Serwah (BTWSC co-ordinator/NewAfricanPerspective.blogspot blogger), Yemisi Mokuolu (Hatch Events promoter), Niles ‘Asheber’ Hailstones (Afrikan Revolution Collective band leader), Chair: Kwaku (BBM/BMC founder). In association with Voice Of Africa Radio 94 FM.

WHEN: Friday July 8 2011, 6.30-9pm

WHERE: Voice Of Africa Radio 94 FM, 24 Swete Street. Plaistow, London E13 0BS (Plaistow. Buses 262 and 473 from Stratford).

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com
editor@britishblackmusic.com

RADIO SPECIALS
WHAT: Celebrating British Black Music Month On Voice Of Africa Radio 94 FM
Britain’s only legal African interest radio station Voice Of Africa Radio (VOAR) is supporting BBMM2011 by giving BBM/BMC founder Kwaku a weekly spot to broadcast BBMM related sessions in June/July 2011. Catch it live if you can on 94 FM or on VoiceOfAfricaRadio.com. In association with VOAR 94 FM.

You can feedback to the live shows (except June 20/27 morning) on studio@voiceofafricaradio.com, Skype VoiceOfAfricaRadio or on 020 8471 9111, 07939 509 086.
To volunteer as a BBMM radio production assistant: editor@britishblackmusic.bom.

BBMM Monday 11am-1.30pm Specials: These 90 minute shows will generally focus on the musical output of a particular label or artist, interspersed with some chat, including interviews with artists and music industryites. June 6 2011 (rmixed selection), June 13 2011 (Ariwa, reggae), June 20 2011 (Stern’s, African), June 27 2011 (Maya/Tunde, African classical), July 4 2011 (Akoben Awards/Music4Causes, conscious hip-hop), July 11 2011 (Wrasse, African), July 18 2011 (Hip-life), July 25 2011 (Ilka Media, African).

Six Corners Of African Music: Monday June 20
2011, Midnight-5am: Kwaku’s live selections from
Stern’s ‘Africa: 50 Years Of Music’ 18-CD box set!

FAIR/SHOWCASE
WHAT: Black Music Records & African Crafts Fair X/
Community Fun Day
Come and have an enjoyable day at the 10th incarnation of this fair. All are welcome – it’s family friendly atmosphere for fun, buying and selling, plugging something, trying something different, having a say or showing off your talent on the mic!

The place for African crafts, clothes, food, posters, books, live music, karaoke, free African drumming lessons by Brother Kofi, open mic for artists, organisations and vendors, face painting, bouncy castle, clown, oware games, and an opportunity to find out your Ghanaian day name. Artists and label owners, do business on a community tip – just get a stall and sell your CDs or old vinyl, etc! In association with BTWSC and Voice Of African Radio 94 FM.

WHEN: Saturday July 16, 1-6pm 2011

WHERE: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ (by John Buck House & back of Newfield Primary School. Willesden Junction or Dollis Hill. Buses 18, 206, 226, 260, 266, 487)

COST/BOOKING: Free entry.
A stall costs £15 plus processing fee before July 13
2011 (afterwards £20 plus processing fee). For more
info or to book: www.britishblackmusic.com
editor@britishblackmusic.com

RADIO SPECIALS
WHAT: Celebrating British Black Music Month With Radio Specials
The following programmes are devoted to British black music:
Friday June 3 2011, 9-11pm. Good Groove Guide: Two hours of vintage Britfunk and soul with Larry Vidal on 91.8 Hayes FM or www.hayesfm.org.

Sunday June 5 2011, 4-6pm. Black Connections: Two hours of conversation interspersed with homegrown reggae and soul on 91.8 Hayes FM or www.hayesfm.org. BBM’s Kwaku will be a guest on this show.

Sunday June 12 2011, 9-11pm. Sugar Radio: Two hours of upfront British R&B and hip-hop music helmed by Wayne C McDonald on NE1FM 102.5 or www.ne1fm.net.

Saturday June 25 2011, 7-9pm. Back 2 Da Future Show: The Prezedent commemorates the twenty-first anniversary of his Ragazine column with a purely British lovers and reggae show on www.playvybz.com. Don’t forget to catch Prezedent & co. at the Back 2 Da Future Music Presents June Is Black British Month Showcase & Party @ Moonlighting Nightclub official BBMM2011 wrap-up on Tuesday July 19 2011, 10pm-3am at Moonlighting Nightclub, 16 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DR (Tottenham Court Road). Advance payment of BBM Special Guest List price £3 (£10 on the day): To pre-book:
www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

DISCUSSION/SHOWCASE
WHAT: Akoben Awards/Music4Causes Presents 4 The Hard Way: Hip-Hop On A Conscious Tip
A chance to hear some conscious rap, including tracks made for BTWSC & Akoben Awards’ Music4Causes edu-tainment stand, and for artists and the inter-generational audience to explore issues around hip-hop music as used to educate, entertain, empower through videos, discussions, performance and special freestyle by conscious rappers, including Paradise and Silas Zephania.

If you wish to flex your lyrical skills to the theme that will be given during the event, you are welcome to join the freestyling session. In association with BTWSC, Akoben Awards/Music4Causes.

Calling all conscious artists and fans of positive music: You’ve got until Saturday July 9 2011 to complete Akoben Awards’ simple two question Do We Need A Focus On Conscious, Black Music? survey. Complete online at www.Bstop.net: http://alturl.com/6dmbm.

WHEN: Saturday July 10 2011, 3-6pm

WHERE: Moyo Solidarity Centre, 365 Brixton Road, Brixton (by Police Station), London SW9 7DA (Brixton. Buses: P5, 2, 3, 35, 45, 59, 133, 159, 196, 322, 333, 345 415).

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

GRANT/ENTERPRISE
WHAT: New Music Entrepreneur Grant’s 11:11:11:11:11:11 Challenge.
Akoben Awards is offering an NME grant of £1,111.11 plus free music industry mentoring, to a new music industry entrepreneur aged 18-25 of African descent. Selection is based on submission of a short plan/proposal of on how you’d find, sign, market and release a record or launch a music industry product or service with a maximum budget of £1.111.11.

That’s the 11:11:11:11:11:11 Challenge – you must be ready to launch on Friday November 11 2011 at 11:11:11. It’s a grant, which means you do not have pay back if the project does not make a profit, but if it makes a profit, a minority share goes to Akoben Awards. In assocition with The Music Business Coach.

For more info, application form: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com. Closing date is July 30 2011.

NME applicants may wish to attend the Making Sense Of How The Music Industry Works & Preparing A Music Business Plan Workshop on Saturday July 2 2011, 1-6pm. It’s run by seasoned music industry tutors Kwaku and Boomy Tokan, and you’re helped to start drafting your plan/proposal during the workshop. Mission Dine Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ. Cost: £25 (See deal with Music Biz Empowerment Monday Half-Day Courses on Monday June 20 & 27). Book before Friday June 17 2011, and pay no processing charges! www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

FILM/DISCUSION/MUSIC
WHAT: Talking Films & Celebrating South Africa!
It’s an opportunity to look at and talk about the role of films in education, and activism, particularly in South Africa.

Q&As with invited special guests follow the screening of excepts from ‘Amandla! A Revolution In 4 Part Harmony’, BBM/BMC and BTWSC films, and African-American actor, singer and political activist Paul Robeson’s films.

There will also be a celebration of South Africa through displays, BBM Sound System’s ‘SA Mix’, and give away prizes at this inter-generational event. Food on sale. In association with BTWSC.

WHEN: Friday July 15 2011, 6-9.30pm

WHERE: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road,
Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ (by John Buck
House & back of Newfield Primary School.
Willesden Junction or Dollis Hill. Buses 18, 206,
226, 260, 266, 487)

COST/BOOKING: Free but must pre-book: www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

CLUB/SHOWCASE
WHAT: Back 2 Da Future Music Presents June Is Black British Month Showcase & Party @ Moonlighting Nightclub
The official BBMM2011 wrap-up club session with DJ Prezedent and co. on the ones and twos playing a special set devoted to British black music, and nice vibes. Includes surprise guest artist performances!

Come and party with us, as we commemorate the twenty-first anniversary of Prezedent’s Ragazine column and see off the end of BBMM2011. Pre-bookers get a massive discount to this historic West End club. In association with Back 2 Da Future Music.

WHEN: Tuesday July 19 2011, 10pm-3am

WHERE: Moonlighting Nightclub, 16 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DR (Tottenham Court Road)

COST/BOOKING: Special BBM guest list pre-booked price £3 (plus processing fee. £10 at the door)
www.britishblackmusic.com editor@britishblackmusic.com

Region: All
Start Date: 01/06/2011
End Date: 01/06/2011
Start Time: 18:30
Venue: Westminster City Hall
Venue Address: 64 Victoria Street, London
Celebs Attending: Liz Mitchell (Boney M), Marc Wadsworth, Paradise, The Prezedent
Website: http://www.britishblackmusic.com
Press Tickets: Not Available
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