Friday November 16th marks the third Bass Culture Expo Late Series In Conversation session and a first in the reappraisal - academic or hagiographic - of reggae music: a live peer-to-peer interview on the relationship between British reggae and Punk by those involved in the making of the music and their respective movements.
Punks & Lovers explores the seemingly dichotomous relationship between two resolutely British forms of music - Punk and Lovers Rock - via the man who sonically wedded them together and two female musicians pivotal to their respective genres.
From 6:30pm on November 16th, musician, singer, songwriter, producer and musical visionary Dennis Bovell, Viv Albertine (singer, songwriter, author & formerly of The Slits) and, via pre-recorded contribution, Janet Kay (the Queen of Lovers Rock and the first black British-born artist to achieve a Top 2 hit with her immortal - and Bovell-produced - hit, Silly Games), will be in conversation about their interlinked but distinct professional relationships and, of course, reggae.
Steering this interview will be Bass Cultures Prinicpal Investigator, Mykaell Riley.
Riley inhabits a unique position as Bass Cultures Principal Investigator and a performer during the period under discussion. As a member of Steel Pulse he knew, worked or toured with the interviewees.
But by seeking to address Bass Cultures objectives - exploring the impact of reggae in the UK from 1976-1981 - he will discursively push past reminiscences and romanticism to explore the reality of music as a means of escapism, social and political activism; a racial & cultural identifier and an orchestrator of pleasure. 6:30 PM until 10pm PM FREE.