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Bristol Caribbean music events revealed

Bristol will feature two African Caribbean music scene events in the coming weeks, as part of Black History Month.

The first is a screening of two films at The Cube cinema next week, as well as SOUNDS OF CONROY (ROOTS INJECTION) and BIG D (JAH LOKKO) performing in the bar.

The screening takes place on 27 October with tickets priced at £4/5 in advance.

The first film, ‘From Past to Present’ was directed by Clive Smith in 2009 and celebrates the African Caribbean music scene in Bristol from the 1960s until now. There will be Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening

It will then be followed by ‘Babylon’, directed by Francis Rosso in 1981, featuring music by DENNIS BOVELL. The film depicts the struggle by David, a young mechanic by day, to get half-way across London to a show where he is MC for a reggae sound system. 

The following month a 'Know Your Bristol' archiving event - a collaboration between the University of Bristol, Bristol Records Office, Calling the Shots and several Bristol community groups - will take place at the Malcolm X Centre in St Pauls.

At this 20 November event the organisers will have a high quality scanner and audio recorders to document the African Caribbean music scenes in Bristol during the 1970s and 1980s.

If you have old posters, flyers, photos or a story to tell bring them along. The organisers can record or scan them in and put the music and culture of this era on a map. You keep your originals and you get a digital copy of them after the event. 

Earlier this month, to kick off the Music Communities strand of Know Your Bristol on the Move and as part of Black History Month, an event was held at the Trinity Centre called Scenes, Soundsystems and Shebeens.

Check out this video to find out what happened at the event: