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Scenes, Soundsystems and Shebeens of Bristol

The Trinity Centre will next month host a day of music, talks and food centred on 1970s/80s African Caribbean scenes in Bristol.

As part of Black History Month, and the Know Your Bristol project, the big event takes place on 11 October from 4pm through to 9pm and is free to attend.

The organisers have brought together a panel of speakers including musicians and clubbers from venues like the Bamboo Club as well as the more underground house parties of the time, featuring Dehvan Othieno of roots reggae band TALISMAN, Richard Davis [ex-EKOME], Clive Smith, Norman ‘Rubba’ Stephenson and Nia Bimkubwa, with host Lorna Easy.

Audience participation will be encouraged, inviting people to bring their own stories and artefacts (like ticket stubs, flyers and posters) to spark off memories. 

The afternoon will draw to a close with a dance reminiscent of the vibe of this era complete with trusted Bristol sound systems JAH LOKKO and ROOTS INJECTION, top MCs and performers.

There will be free Caribbean food courtesy of Plantation and a well-stocked cash bar to keep the crowd refreshed.

Know Your Bristol is a collaboration between the University of Bristol, Bristol Records Office (BRO), Calling the Shots and several Bristol community groups.

The project aims to enable people to explore and co-create history, heritage and culture through the lens of local community. 

To do this they are working with two digital mapping sites which enable groups to upload content (text, images, audio and video) and in-so-doing to create a 'community history layer' for their group.

To gather content for the music layer on the map they are holding a series of events involving talks, music and dance, and asking people to bring along artefacts like flyers, posters and ticket-stubs which they hope to digitize on site.

Check out the Facebook event page for more information.