Black Sound at BCA


(From BCA website)

To 4 November. Black Sound Exhibition

100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity of Black British music

Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton


Friday 19 May. 6.30-9pm. Instrumental Sounds of Jazz:
A Tribute to Carl Kirton

Interactive talks and performances that celebrate the contribution jazz has made to the evolution of Black British music. This night pays homage to Carl Kirton. Bassist Gary Crosby, singer Kianja Elliot-Harvey, and saxophonist and former Jazz Warrior Steve Williams.

£10, £7 concession. Book here:

Thursday 8 June. 7pm-9pm. Vinyl Rhythms 

Bring your favourite reggae and rocksteady vinyl record to BCA and take part in a listening party celebrating the most iconic and classic vibes of this era.  An evening hosted by Sugar Dread, local Brixtonite, Vibes FM radio presenter, and Director of Rastafari Movement UK, and Gaffa Blue DJ/selector for First Class Sound and Killer Watt Sound, and Dubvendor.

£5. Book here:

Black Cultural Archives Carl Kirton Collection

In 2014  BCA received a donation of material that had been owned by Carl Kirton. Carl Kirton was a Guyanese music and recording enthusiast who came to Britain in 1960. With his own home recording studio, he developed a personal collection over many years, comprising of a vast amount of vinyl records, audio cassettes, VHS tapes, and even Betamax and reel-to-reel tape. BCA has been working with the Kirton family to preserve this invaluable collection that covers musical genres reggae, blues, jazz, steel pan, and calypso.  A selection of seminal vinyl records from the  collection is on display as part of the current Black Sound exhibition.

BCA’s Darcus Howe Event

Details of the 1 April event to commemorate Darcus Howe at the Black Cultural Archives can be seen at, including videos of the speeches.

For other 

Black British Music history events see


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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