Reggae Archive Launched at Jamaican High Commission
Posted On 13 February 2020
On Wednesday 12 February, Bass Rewind showcased the newly created Brent 2020 Reggae Archive at the Jamaican High Commission in Kensington.
The No Bass Like Home reggae map captures iconic people and places which have shaped the borough's reggae history. Looking at themes of pioneering artists, fandom, women in reggae and sound system culture, the digital archive brings this to life through people’s memories and personal thoughts about Brent's contribution to reggae, its impact and legacy.
In collaboration with the Jamaican High Commission and JAMPRO Trade and Investment, attendees heard from lovers rock legend Carroll Thompson and DJ/ Producer Shy One.
Carroll discussed her connections to Brent, leaving her family home to move to Wembley and starting her music career in Rucklidge Avenue, Harlesden. She explained how she took the photo for the now iconic ‘Hopelessly in Love’ album cover at the back of Stonebridge estate, and regularly visited the Apollo Club in Harlesden to hear reggae music. After which, Shy One discussed her family connections to Kensal Green, Harlesden and Wembley and explained the connections between more modern forms of music such as grime and the influences of reggae.
Carroll Thompson ended the night by serenading the packed venue with her hit song ‘Simply in Love’.
"It makes me incredibly proud that music which has such strong roots in Brent, has spread so far and wide across so many different communities. I want everyone to remember this great history, which is why this reggae archive is so important."
03 October 2020 - 04 October 2020
HARLESDEN BASS WEEKENDER
A weekend-long take-over of Harlesden’s high street, bars, community centres and churches showcasing performances from some of Brent’s finest reggae and bass pioneers.
03 September 2020 - 23 October 2020
THE NO BASS LIKE HOME FILM PROJECT
The contribution of black British filmmakers, from Horace Ove to Menelik Shabazz onwards, is a vital part of British film history and a proud cultural legacy of the borough. Bass culture plays a huge role in every film in this season, presented at The Lexi Cinema in partnership with We Are Parable and Black History Studies.