Black Lives In Music is a new organisation established to address racial inequality in the music industry and create opportunities for Black musicians and professionals. The company offers a weekly five-part video series on YouTube hosted by presenter Zeze Millz who has just interviewed Sons Of Kemet’s leader Shabaka Hutchings about his group’s new album (Black To The Future, released on May 14th) and aspects of his art and life.
“My whole career has been a battle to come to terms with my own style,” explains Shabaka. “Only when I encountered the music in an environment that made me feel welcome, that I could see that this was a viable option for someone like me.”
Watch the interview with Shabaka here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2AXa8_ZWX0
Black Lives in Music is also urging Black musicians and music creators in Britain to take part in ground-breaking research, which will be used to bring about representation and participation for a diverse and inclusive industry. Musicians and those in the music sector are invited to take part in the survey which closes on 16th May: https://blim.org.uk/change (A report of the results is due to follow in June.
Subscribe to their channel here – Black Lives in Music https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5aVhoqd4aEP_ShkpDjv4dA
Shabaka Hutchings and Sons of Kemet will be appearing at the All Points East festival on Friday 27 August.