Rastafari in Motion Exhibition


The Black Cultural Archives and Rastafari Regal Livity are co-presenting an exhibition on the Rastafari movement and Haile Selassie’s stay in Britain, from the 14th of June until the 10th of September at the BCA in Windrush Square, Brixton.

Co-curated in partnership with the Rastafari  Regal Livity (RRL)Rastafari in Motion tells the rarely told story of the presence of Emperor Haile Selassie I and the emergence of the Rastafari movement in Britain. This exhibition introduces the mystic world of Rastafari and the guiding principles of this holistic way of life and takes a closer look at the contributions made to British society.  Celebrate the 80th anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie I’s appearance before the League of Nations, His four-year residency in Bath and His influence on the rising consciousness of Black youth from the 1960s onwards.

Find out about the exploits of Ras Seymour Maclean ‘The Book Liberator’, and explore the movement’s expression through music, art, spirituality, education, and the rise of political agency; and their lasting legacy here in Britain.

Black Cultural Archives will be the first to present Rastafari in Motion to UK audiences. First exhibited at the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa in 2014, as part of an international collection (Rastafari: The Majesty and the Movement), this celebrated exhibition has travelled to Jamaica in April 2016, and will arrive at Black Cultural Archives this summer.





Shoulder Move! The Art of Wilfred Limonious


Sound System Outernational is proud to invite you to an event celebrating the life and work of Jamaican graphic artist Wilfred Limonious (1949–99), with Christopher Bateman and Al ‘Fingers’ Newman presenting their new book, In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious, and words from guest speakers Paul Gilroy (Kings College) and William ‘Lez’ Henry (What the Deejay Said, A Critique From the Street).

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From Blues Parties to Soundsystem Dances

Soft Wax

Steve ‘Soft Wax’ McCarthy has been a Zelig-like figure in the sphere of roots rock rebel music for several decades. As the fulcrum of the Soft Wax project, he has been at the helm of London’s best Dub and Reggae nightclubs and live music nights, as well as performance art and installation events. Much of the diverse output of Soft Wax is music orientated and concerned with cultures of resistance (David Katz).
Deptford Dub Club is the name of the monthly fix of Reggae, Ska & Rocksteady, featuring a mixture of performance styles, that Soft Wax is running at The Duke. 

This is a summary of his presentation at the first Sound System Outernational Symposium, that took place at Goldsmiths, University of London, on January 16th.

Soft Wax

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Call for contributions!



Sound System Outernational 2
in association with Echoes magazine, One Love Books and Goldsmiths Topology Research Unit.

Call for Contributions

Sound System Outernational 2 is a special event with workshops, films, speakers and sound system sessions on Saturday 2nd July, 12 noon to 2am at Goldsmiths, University of London and the Amersham Arms. Located in SE London, a historic centre of the capital’s sound system culture, Outernational 2 brings together sound system men and women, younger and older, researchers and engineers, performers and industry professionals from across the UK and Brazil, Italy and Jamaica. This event follows the success of Outernational 1 in January this year, https://storify.com/skindeepmag/skin-deep-sound-system-outernational and http://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=9461

The unprecedented growth of sound system culture globally calls for debate and reflection if we are to make the most of its subversive and artistic potential. Sound System Outernational is a project committed to generating spaces where these discussions can take place.

We welcome participation from artists, deejays, engineers, musicians, selectors, academics, activists and anyone else who participates directly or indirectly in sound system culture.

Contributions can be creative, practical, or research-based. It may be in the form of a workshop, talk, film screening, display, or demonstration. We welcome all engaging with sound system music, culture, community, gender, technology, dance, oral histories, graphics, business, marketing etc, especially from global and intergenerational perspectives.

We especially encourage contributions around the following themes:

  1. Practical and professional issues building/ maintaining/ promoting sound systems
  2. Techniques in performance and technologies, analogue/ digital, mastering, dub plates
  3. Politics and style: culture, gentrification, black voices, dance, graphic art

The deadline for proposals is the 10th June. Get in touch with proposals (not more than half an A4 page at this stage) or questions on soundsystemouternational@gmail.com

***** Sound System line-up to be announced shortly *****