Bass Culture: This AHRC-funded project began in May 2016, and is due to continue until April 2019. It is a response  to the disengagement and lack of education surrounding the heritage of Jamaican and Jamaican-influenced music in Britain over the last six decades.This project will locate, capture and preserve memories, experiences and ephemera from three generations of musicians, music industry participants, and audience members. The term ‘Bass Culture’ has been adopted to identify the British experience, as separate to the Jamaican. Bass Culture will be the first in-depth retrospective of Jamaican music in the UK. The University of Westminster’s Black Music Research Unit (BMRU) will operate as a central hub for research and link to the community, working with School of Oriental and African Studies, and Black Cultural Archives (BCA).

Sound System Culture: In 2013, Let’s Go Yorkshire developed an innovative project named Sound System Culture in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, where for many years a thriving reggae sound system scene existed, out of all proportion to the size of the town. The project captured the stories of Huddersfield’s Caribbean community’s past and present and brought them to life through a photographic exhibition, book, film and interactive sound installation.


Positive Vibration: A Festival of Reggae

Notting Hill Carnival

Reggae Fraternity UK

Institute for Black Atlantic Research


A carnival history by Caspar Melville in Open Democracy (2002)

From Glyndebourne to Glastonbury:The Impact of British Music Festivals by George McKay and Emma Webster


Made in Birmingham: Reggae Punk Bhangra. Directed by Deborah Aston, 2010.

Routes Jukebox: The Documentary. Directed by Jernice Easthope, 2016.

Legacy in the Dust: The Four Aces Story. Directed by Winstan Whitter, 2008.


Connected Communities

Translating Cultures

George McKay

Image Credit: Dub Vendor, Ladbroke Grove 2007 by Tach_RedGold&Green. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.