Music

Brent 2020 celebrates International Reggae Day – Today 1st July

Today Wednesday 6pm 1st July, Brent 2020 will host a special webinar exploring how Brent 2020 has worked with local people to compile its reggae archive and map, as well as discussing how to build a heritage project with the community and the importance of celebrating and preserving Black cultural heritage.

The panel includes Mykaell Riley, director of the Black Music Research Unit, Selina Papa, Head of Engagement for the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and Zerritha Brown, Senior Producer for Brent 2020.

More information about the event and how to join can be found here.

The Reggae Archive is part of Brent 2020’s No Bass Like Home programme – exploring how Harlesden, reggae and Trojan Records changed music in Britain forever. During the 1970s reggae music came to Britain through Brent: the first festival of Caribbean music took place at Wembley, Bob Marley lived in Neasden, Janet Kay became the first British-born black female artist to score a UK number one, and the legendary reggae music label Trojan Records started in Willesden.

International Reggae Day is an annual global festival, launched by Andrea Davis in Jamaica in 1994, celebrating the best of Jamaica’s music and creativity and its influence around the world. It is the first annual calendar event to be officially dedicated to reggae music.

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