Ginger Williams at the Hackney Reggae Archives, London

Posted 26/03/2019 17:16:33

Ginger Williams at the Hackney Reggae Archives, London

From as early as 1873 Black musicians have been influencing the cultural scene in Hackney. By the 1970s the borough was leading the way in genres such as rocksteady and reggae and producing its own internationally renowned stars. A new exhibition opening at Hackney Museum next month explores this and the important history and legacy of African and Caribbean music in the borough.

The exhibition, ‘Roots, Rhythms & Records: The Sounds and Stories of African & Caribbean Music in Hackney’, launches on Thursday 4 October at the Museum, and runs until March. The launch will be followed by a free live music gig at 8pm, in the Hackney Empire bar, which includes performances from African and Caribbean musicians in the borough today, such as the Grand Union Orchestra.

Hackney’s well established African and Caribbean communities have used music as an opportunity for personal expression, and to challenge issues of discrimination and racism. Over the years, nightclubs, radio stations, sound systems and record shops have been established in the borough to meet the cultural, social and economic needs of the community.

The display uncovers the history behind music in Hackney, including photographs, oral histories and stories from some of Hackney’s most loved venues.