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British Black Music Month Round Table Discussions: Is There Still A Place F...
Wed 14 December 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 GMT
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British Black Music Month @ 10 continues... The music industry of the 21st century is not the same as it was in the 1970s, 1980s or the 1990s.
Does today's music industry need a new sensibility of making and selling music, whilst keeping some of the core 1990s old school sensibilities to move it forward?
Do British R&B/soul music and the values of the late 20th century still have a place in today's music industry of instant fame and instant delivery via streaming, downloading etc?
This is the over-arching theme to be discussed, with:
Errol Henry - composer, producer, remixer, founder of the Intimate record label and studio (Anthony Drakes, Chris Ballin, The Affair, Richard Anthony Davis)
Lance Williamson - music marketing veteran (Kongo Music)
After a prolific career particularly in the 1990s, Errol and Lance took time out of the music industry. They've however returned as part of i2 Music Marketing^
Gregg Kofi Brown - composer, producer, vocals/guitar (Osibisa)
Phil Ramocon - composer, keyboards/vocals (Keb Mo, Jimmy Cliff, Talk Talk)
After a varied career as composers and musicians, Gregg and Phil have formed a new gigging band Together As One (TAO)*
Michael Adams - music marketing, and co-founder of British Soul Renaissance^^
^ i2 Music Marketing was founded by Errol Michael Henry and designed specifically to meet the current and challenges: head-on. I2 Music Marketing facilitates seamless collaborations between artists, managers, promotions experts and distributors. i2 Music Marketing is not a one-man band: a number of highly experienced industry veterans have joined forces with Errol Michael Henry in order to provide a wide range of specialised services that would otherwise be beyond the fiscal reach of most small independent labels.
^^ Also, recently we've had the likes of Leee John, Noel McKoy, Omar, Don-e and Junior Giscombe, artists who've had fantastic creative and commecial success stretching from the 1970s, through the 1980s, and 1990s, come together as The British Collective. They're promoted by British Soul Renaissance (BSR), which aims to "raise the profile of authentic British Soul Music globally". Click here to read BSR's 'The Middle-Class Executive Syndrome Stifles Authentic Black British Soul Artists. (Pt. 1)' article.
* From the 1970s pioneering African/world music act Osibisa and jazz & funk act Cymande, comes a new world music blending act called Together As One (TAO) featuring Gregg Kofi Brown on vocals/guitar (Osibisa), Sam Kelly on drums (Cymande), Grammy-award winner Phil Ramocon on keys/vocals (Keb Mo, Jimmy Cliff, Talk Talk), with vocal harmonies of blues lady Kyla Brox, Clare Hirst on sax, Tony Qunta on guitar/bvs, Danny Blomeley on bass, and Jerome Marcus on percussion/bvs. Click here to watch TAO promo
Philip Ramacon, London, England. Ramacon started playing piano while at school in Hackney, east London. Following constant practising and performances at local youth clubs, his playing skills won him a scholarship and the chance to perform on BBC Television’s Full House. His appearance on the programme led to him being asked to chronicle life as a black youth for the documentary series Man Alive, which in turn led to a plea from the That’s Life television programme to support his tuition at a music school in Devon. Following his training, he was enrolled to play in Rico’s band, promoting Man From Warieka, which included appearances alongside Bob Marley And The Wailers on the group’s 1977 European tour. He then played piano for a punk duo, followed by work with Lene Lovich and the Automatics. By the early 80s he was enrolled to play for Jimmy Cliff, both on tour and in session for I Am The Living. Although in demand as a session musician, Ramacon’s aspirations as a recording artist led to the unsuccessful release of his debut, ‘Take A Trip’. He continued in session work, playing with Talk Talk, and appeared as the resident pianist on the television show Club Mix. His minor celebrity status and renowned session work have earned him prestige and a reputation as an innovator. Phil has also received two Grammy Awards, one for his co-writing of "Standing At the Station" with Keb Mo.
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