The Black Sound Series
Celebrating Black music and culture.
The Black Sound Series is a celebration of Black music and culture and its influence on the UK, produced by Contact - with events taking place throughout the year, and festival activity taking place to coincide with Black History Month in October each year.
The inaugural festival in October 2010 featured a whole host of artists from different art forms (Dance, Music, Spoken Word) including the likes of Marcus Intalex, Zed Bias, Fallacy, MC DRS, Broke n £nglish, The Murkage Cartel, Spoken Word All Stars (Kate Tempest & El Crisis), Young Identity's Inna Voice, PYMCA, Mixed Movement Digital Duets and much more.
The first series was supported by PRS for Music Foundation's New Music Plus...an initiative developed in association with the hub, with funding by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England, and Sound and Music.
The Black Sound Series has since become an integral part of Contact's programme allowing for non-conventional audiences to access urban theatre and art. This audience has grown over the last 3 years calling out for more works of art which embody a sense of community, culture and history.
In October 2013, The Black Sound Series and BPM (a Manchester Music collective) hosted a sell-out event as part of the Afrovibes Festival, exploring how the sounds and rhythms of Africa have transcended genres and have become central to music culture here in the UK. Creating a unique collaboration between the kaleidoscope orchestra (young classical UK Orchestra influenced by bass music), Sibikwa Orchestra (indigenous African music) and established UK underground artists which included the likes of Elizabeth Troy, Flow Dan, OG Mr Fox, and Chunky.
Into The Beats, an event curated by Contact and key partners BPM in May 2013 as a branch of The Black Sound Series was the first event of its kind in Manchester which brought well known and established producers such as Zed Bias and Silkie into a shared safe space where they could deliver an interactive workshop based on music production for an engaged and interested audience.
For Black History Month 2013, Contact has commissioned a series of short videos showcasing artists from the Manchester music scene called The Black Sound Series Cyphers.
If you like find out more about The Black Sound Series/Into The Beats, and our other projects and how you can get involved as well as support, please get in contact with Tunde Adekoya, Project Manager on 07968 327 474 or Tundeadekoya@contactmcr.com
Club photography by Al Baker.