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BLACK HISTORY MONTH EDITION #1

RPM SPOTLIGHT: Kalimo


RPM Feature
 

Born & raised in Lesotho, Southern Africa; Kalimo’s love for the music he digs the most - Deep House, started early on when his Friday night ritual was spent sitting in front of the stereo home taping the sounds that were coming across the airwaves on the radio to cassette tapes.

Kalimo moved to Ireland for school first and then on to Leeds, UK to study Architectural Engineering at University. This time would go on to forge his connection to records, regularly frequenting clubs such as Wire and Mint and often promoting with longstanding Leeds crew Butter Side Up.


We caught up with Kalimo & he shared his connection to the records that are special to him with us...

 

 
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COMMUNITY: Black Artist Database
Worldwide

Formerly known as Black Bandcamp, the project kickstarted by DJ, Radio Presenter & activist NIKS, has been growing building a community that celebrates Black artists around the world.
 
The growing platform serves as the title suggests, foremost as a crowd-sourced database, that provides an easy way to search, filter and directly support the creative output of Black artists globally, via their online profiles. The database is a continuous work-in-progress maintained by volunteers and paid administrators.

its not just a database, however. The team behind B.A.D has also set up their " [pause] " initiative to support & encourage businesses in the music industry towards the goal of more equitable workspaces.

The Black Artists Database has also launched a workshops to provide year long free music production masterclasses and also serves as a hub for community events, news, interviews, articles, podcasts and guest mixes.


Support B.A.D's initiatives via Patreon -
here

Source: Black Artist Database
WATCH: Black Music In America - The 70's
Watch: Black Music In America - The 70's
This documentary presents a musical excursion through the world of Black music in the 1970's from the Motown sound of Diana Ross to the disco beat of Donna Summer. Includes film clips of over 75 groups showing the growth and influence of Black music and Black performers. Narrated by Issac Hayes and Dionne Warwick.
 
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READ: Sound Of The Underground
How Black Britain changed the face of radio
" If there is a space Black Britons have made their mark on over the last few years, it’s the audio space. From the podcasts started in the bedrooms of friends to the inventive audio content that reimagines the ways we share stories, audio has become a space of unfiltered creativity and authenticity led by a technological generation of cultural pioneers. In a time where new-wave audio content is flourishing,  it feels just to look back and give thanks to what was perhaps the birth of audio innovation – pirate radio."

Article by
Tobi Kyeremateng
Source: Independent
STREAM: 30 years of Drum & Bass
Online - Wednesday 6th October 7pm - 8.15 BST (Today)
£5 + booking fee

With a new wave of artists breathing life into this style 30 years after its heyday, what is the legacy of its founding artists, and how central is the genre to Black expression today? This Black History Month, Guardian arts and culture correspondent Lanre Bakare will be joined by original jungle, drum’n’bass pioneers Goldie and DJ Flight; Brian Belle-Fortune author of All Crews: Journeys Through Jungle/Drum & Bass Culture; and music historian Julia Toppin, for a closer look at this unique genre and its impact on Black British identity.

Source: The Guardian
 
LISTEN: Dappa Dusty Fingaz - Reggae Roots Rockers Dubs
Rinse FM veteran Dappa, gets his fingers dusty in the crates for this one.
On this day: 1999
Winners at The Mobo Awards included Kele Le Roc, for best newcomer and best single. Shanks & Bigfoot won best dance act. TLC won best video for 'No Scrubs'. Lauryn Hill, won best International act and Tina Turner won a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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