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Groundbreaking exhibit charts history of black British music

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A MUSEUM dedicated to Caribbean culture is launching a groundbreaking exhibition charting the history of black British music.

SKN Heritage Museum, based in Nottingham, is the UK’s only museum dedicated to Caribbean social history, heritage and culture.

The museum's latest project will chart the history of black British music in the UK from 1947 to the present day – something that’s not been done before in this way. It will be launched at the Splendour 2016 this weekend (Jul 23).

The exhibition, 52 Genres & Counting... Charting the History of Black Music, explopres the 52 key genres of music have been identified in the UK music scene that can be said to have been created by, or modified to create sub-genres, by black artists or producers. The 52 genres of music include rock and roll, reggae, hip-hop, blues and jazz, although there are many more sub-genres of course.

The exhibition event will feature decade by decade the pivotal songs, artists and genres that reflect the musical history of African-Caribbean communities, showing how this music has filtered down over the years into other cultures and musical genres and its influence in the UK.

It will include a multimedia motion graphics art installation exploring these genres and charting the history of black music in the UK from 1947 to the present day, which will be shown on large screens at Splendour, Nottingham.

Catherine Ross, founder and director of SKN Heritage Museum said: “Music unifies us and builds bridges across ethnic groups and society as a whole so we thought 52 Genres and Counting... would be a great vehicle to engage everyone in African-Caribbean social history, heritage and culture, no matter what their age or ethnic background. It’s also a pivotal part of Caribbean culture of course."

She continued: "The exhibition event also has a very important part to play in discovering, preserving and celebrating the history of black music in the UK from 1947 onwards, as nobody has charted its history before. 52 Genres and Counting... will hopefully become a resource, helping to show that as a museum we have an innovative approach to safeguarding Caribbean culture too. If anyone would like to find out more about this, you're welcome to get in touch with us.”

52 Genres and Counting...Charting the History of Black Music, will be going on tour following Splendour, to the Bass Festival in Birmingham and Soul Fest Liverpool later in the year.

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