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Is anti-racism an outdated concept in society today - what role does music play in building cohesive communities?

As part of our Insight series and Black History Month, we will be exploring how Southampton’s cultural scene has evolved in reflection to today’s society and how the role of music can play in the future of building a more culturally cohesive city.

Join us as Don John, Black History Month South’s Founder, chairs this exciting lecture with a discussion on how popular music has played a crucial role in building Southampton to be a culturally cohesive city. We will also reflect on how society’s response to racism is affected by its interpretation of anti-racism and how popular music sometimes reflects our emotions. Solent University’s Martin James, Professor of Creative and Cultural Industries will also explore what the role of music can play in the future building a culturally cohesive community, whilst exploring current trends and suggesting new ideas.

Ivan from the Ebony Rockers – one of Southampton’s most influential reggae groups, known for their 1979 smash hit Human Jungle, will provide an insight into their story and experience of growing up in Southampton during the panel discussion. Recently reunited at Solent University to re-record their hit, Ivan will be providing us with a solo version of the Sam Cooke classic A Change is Gonna Come.

To conclude, this evening will explore stories and experiences from living and growing up in Southampton, while exploring the future with a Q&A panel discussion with Don, Martin and Ivan. Please submit your topic themes when you register to attend.

Event programme

Registration and light refreshments

Welcome and opening

Don John

Professor Martin James, School of Media Arts and Technology

Ivan - Ebony Rockers performance

Q&A panel



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