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Sound System Symposium

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The Reginald Centre

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LS7 3HA

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Turning the volume up on Caribbean culture in the UK, poet Khadijah Ibrahiim invites you to a Sound System symposium retracing the roots of Sound System Culture in Leeds. Featuring an exciting panel of Leeds Sound System pioneers, we’ll be breaking sound systems down to their core components to archive their history in the city and social role in the UK.

Ever wanted to know exactly what the roles of the Selector, Operator and Deejay are? We’ll be rifling through the archives for early audio and video footage of sound systems in the UK, to see how they evolved and operated, taking us through everything from white labels to sound clashes.

As one of three locally commissioned poets for Collections in Verse, Khadijah Ibrahiim was inspired by footage of dub poet Mikey Smith featured in the Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land exhibition to explore the role of the Griot – the person in West African tradition responsible for maintaining an oral record of civic history through music, poetry and storytelling – and how Caribbean folklore and culture has been used to pass on the stories of the Windrush generation and their children today.

Celebrating by the role of culture as a form of social commentary, the Symposium will seek to archive the history of sound systems in Leeds and discuss how the aesthetics and poetics of sound system culture have affected us today.

This event has been created as part of Poet in the City and the British Library’s project Collections in Verse working with Leeds Libraries, poets and communities to bring the British Library’s exhibition Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land to life in Leeds.

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