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Rodney Presents: The Black Sound Rap Party


Calling all music lovers!

Join us for a special celebration of the rich heritage behind Black British music. Through a series of intimate live performances, insightful talks, archives and interactive activities, we explore the powerful musical journey that has contributed towards the “Black Sound” in the UK.  Curated by Rodney P, this day is a full take-over of BCA, bringing musical history to life as our café, courtyard and upstairs learning centre transform into different chapters of the Black Sound. 

Since the formation of London Posse in 1987 and the release of his subsequent solo work which established him as a genre defying emcee, Rodney P has come to be regarded as the Godfather of UK Hip Hop. He has collaborated with fellow UK Hip Hop giant, RootzManuva, R&B and funk artists Omar and The Brand New Heavies and toured across the world. Through his production company Riddim Killers, Rodney is now engrossed in a new passion project entitled Under The Influence, a documentary that tells the story of reggae music and UK hip hop.

Come along for this special day and experience this unique celebration of Black Sound.

£7, £5 concessions (+bkg fee)

*BCA Friends benefit from priority booking, tickets go on sale 17 January. General tickets on sale 22 January. 

National Call-Out For Music Archives
*In the BCA Library, free entry – bring down your archives

Black British artists have been trailblazing and leading the music artistry and industry for centuries, but where are our archives and who is documenting and preserving these historical moments?

BCA is the UK’s leading repository for Black British history and culture and we are dedicated to the preservation of History. Bring your archives down and meet our specialist archivists to understand how to identify and preserve your personal archive, and even make a deposit on the day and add the legacy of Black British history. Find out more:

Debate Room
*In the Learning Room, all talks are ticketed.

1.00pm – 2.30pm Importance of archiving and controlling the narrative
Hosted by Rodney P. Panel includes Ty, Swiss, Jasmine Dotiwala, Jay Davidson, Clint Dyer, Jaimie D'Cruz and BCA archivist.

3.30pm – 5.00pm Coxsone Sounds
Hosted by Mandingo

Kids Room
*On level 1, workshops are free for children accompanying adult ticket holders.

Blingwear Arts create a world of graffiti art for children from 4 years upwards. Renowned for creating bold and unique artwork and inspiring young people in creative workshops, you can debate whilst the kids are entertained.

1.00pm – 2.30pm Workshop Session 1
3.30pm – 5.00pm Workshop Session 2

Courtyard Music & Performances

DJ SNUFF live day set in the courtyard.
5.00pm-6.00pm live performances from Rodney P, Logic, Ty and more.
6.00pm-7.00pm live set from Sir Lloyd Coxsone


Artists and Panellists