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Music, Movement, Power: Blackness and Sonic Resistance

Articles 3947 Idg5 JPf25 G UD Evan Ifekoya a Score a Groove a Phantom Performance Whitstable Biennale 2016 Photo by Bernard G Mills

Thu 19th April, 2018, 6pm to 8pm

Thursday April 19, 6pm - 8pm

Venue: Martin Hall Theatre, Loughborough University

Free / Just turn up

There are a myriad of forces at work that prevent, enable and force movement. Borders prevent freedom of movement between states. Police and private security regulate movement through social space. Social housing tenants are forcibly relocated as areas are gentrified. Such issues disproportionately affect black people. Yet being made to move is not always a negative phenomenon; and a number of black musicians and artists have explored the role that music can play in creating times and spaces of collective empowerment to subvert, resist and overcome these power structures.

Through performance and discussion, this event will explore the relationships between blackness, music, and the (in)ability to move. What is the relationship between grime and social housing? What does it mean when songs can cross borders but people can’t? How might music work within, against, and beyond a world in which free movement is denied to so many?

With Evan Ifekoya, Xana, Majd Alsaif, Richard Bramwell and James Esson.

This event is presented by Radar and the Ethnic Minorities Network.

Image: Evan Ifekoya, A Score, A Groove, a Phantom, Performance Whitstable Biennale 2016, photo by Bernard G Mills

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