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Look how far we’ve come – Community Talk – African History+

November 22, 2014.12:30 pm-9:30 pm


Following on from last July’s Look… Community Talk event, co-organised with Croydon Radical History Network, this is a Look How Far We’ve Come Community Talk Xtra event, which adds extra films, presentations, and live music aimed at young people, adults and families!

This event does offers an opportunity to engage with societal and local issues, and also history through presentations, music and discussions. All are welcome!

The Agenda

12.30-2.00pm Britain’s Contribution To The Development Of Reggae Music . Film & Q&A

A vox pops documentary featuring musicians, DJs, producers, journalists and fans, sets the scene for discussion on Britain’s contribution to the development of reggae music.
2.00-3.15pm Talking Heads: London & Black Music. Film & Q&A
Where in London hold fond memories of black music history for you? A chance to reminisce after screening of a vox pops documentary. Contributors include 1Xtra DJ Semtex, Island-Universal UK president Darcus Beese, Mercury promotions executive Rob Pascoe, saxophonist Yolanda Brown, Westbury Music publisher Paulette Long, DJ Errol D, Playvybz Radio owner Andrea, musician-promoter Spoonface, ring-tone pioneer Alexander Amosu, culturalist Ekow Eshun. Click here to see preview.

3.15-4.30pm 1974: That Carib Club Story. Film & Q&A
A documentary featuring Dennis Bovell and Count Nicks, owners of two of the three sound systems playing at the Carib Club, also known as Burton’s, when a fracas between the revellers and police shut down the night’s entertainment. The soundsystem operators talk about that night and the court case, heard at the Old Bailey.
4.30-5.00pm British Black Music: Gaveyite-inspired Songs . Records
BBM Soundsystem ploughs through a number of conscious records from the British black music canon that have Garveyite themes, but are by no means all roots reggae tracks. Sing-a-long is encouraged!!

5.00-6.30pm Do You Know Croydonites Samuel Coleridge-Taylor & Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser + John Archer? Film, Presentations & Q&A
History consultant Kwaku leads on these mini biographies which highlight African British classical composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor‘s Croydon connections; reveal the work of record producer Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser, who’s run a successful music business in Croydon for over 30 years; and focus on the life of John Archer as a race-man and pan-Africanist, whilst historian Sean Creighton focuses on the politics, and how he dealt with the outbreak of World War I as the 1913/1914 Battersea Mayor.

6.30-8.30pm Look How Far We’ve Come Community Talk (with panel of Croydon stakeholders t.b.c)
The Look… Community Talk event consists of the screening of the ‘Look How Far We’ve Come: Commentaries On British Society And Racism’ vox pops documentary
with contributions by people with diverse backgrounds, ranging from academics, politicians, lawyers, nurses, to equality and community activists, including the likes of Prof Paul Gilroy, Prof Gus John, Lord Herman Ouseley, Lord Anthony Lester,Lord Taylor, David Lammy MP, Diane Abbott MP, Tony Benn, Ken Livingstone, Dawn Butler, Marc Wadsworth, Waveney Bushell,Eulett Roberts, Henry Bonsu, Lee JasperToyin Agbetu and Zita Holbourne opine on how far Britain has come in dealing with racism and race equality issues. Followed by a discussion on issues raised in the DVD, and other societal and local community issues. click here to watch Look… launch, and here  for Look… conference; or here for details or to purchase ‘Look How Far We’ve Come: The Race/Racism Primer’.

8.30-9.30pm Bob Marley Songs Of Love, Sufferation, Redemption & Emancipation. Llive Music
The evening rounds off with Pauline Thomas & Band performing songs from the Bob Marley songbook which speak to themes dealt with by pan-African icon Marcus Garvey as a way of marking the centenary of the founding of Garvey’s UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association).


November 22, 2014
12:30 pm-9:30 pm
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