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Windrush 75: Jamaican Sound System Culture

Windrush Sound System Musical History
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Sound system culture emerged in Jamaica in the 1950s and was brought to the UK by the Windrush generation, who used music as a means of connecting with their roots and creating a sense of community in a new country. Sound systems, which consist of a team of DJs, MCs, and engineers, played a vital role in shaping British music and popular culture, influencing genres such as ska, reggae, and dub. They were also instrumental in promoting social and political messages, empowering the black community, and challenging racial injustice.

The special day curated by Linett Kamala in partnership with the British Museum aims to celebrate the gift of sound system culture from the Windrush generation and highlight its significance as an integral part of British history. Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of sound system culture through DJ and dance workshops, talks, film screenings, and much more to discover its enduring impact on British society and beyond.

Drop in 
Advance sign-up for DJ skills educator session and DJ workshop 
Suitable for all ages

Some activities may have limited capacity. Book your space now!

British Museum, Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG


Sunday 4 June

11am to 4pm


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