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Black music cultures in London

Black music cultures in the UK - Laurie Taylor explores their evolution and special relationship with London.

Black music culture: Laurie talks to Caspar Melville, Lecturer in Global Creative and Cultural Industries at SOAS, about his study of the musical life which emerged in post-colonial London at the end of the twentieth century – from reggae and soul in the 1970s, to rare groove and rave in the 1980s and jungle in the 1990s. They're joined by Kim-Marie Spence, Post Doctoral Student at Solent University, Southampton, who explores the mixed fortunes of reggae and dancehall within Jamaica and beyond.

Producer: Jayne Egerton

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29 minutes


Caspar Melville - Convenor MA in Global Creative & Cultural Industries at  SOAS, University of London
Kim-Marie Spence - Post Doctoral Researcher at Solent University, Southampton

Further Reading

- 'It’s a London Thing: How Rare Groove, Acid House and Jungle Re-Mapped the City' by Caspar Mellville
- 'Global Cultural Economy' (Key Ideas in Media & Cultural Studies) by Kim-Marie Spence and  Christiaan De Beukelaer


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