Derby road Southampton once had an international reputation as a red-light district, but what is sometimes ignored is that it was the home of "West Indian" Sound Systems and illegal parties known as " Shebeens" or " Blues" that provided the best of Jamaican culture with great music , food an an opportunity for all to partake of a slice of grassroots Caribbean culture.
Rebel Music: Sound System Culture and the Story of Blues Parties in Southampton, an exhibition devised by Don John, will be showing at The Showcase Gallery, Solent University, Sir James Mathews Building from 19th October to 20th December 2019. This new exhibition that explores the extraordinary story of the 'Shebeens' or 'Blues' clubs that were a key part of Southampton's music scene in the 70s and 80s.
Bringing together new artwork, old images and found footage, the exhibition will creatively explore why these sound systems emerged in the city and the impact of Jamaican music on British culture.
The Launch will be on Friday 18th October from 6pm and will feature a screening of Mykaell Riley's 'Bass Culture' film that explores music from the 60s to the present day and the profound ways in which Jamaican music remade popular music in Britain. The evening will close with a "Blues Party" with Maka Foundation in the basement of "The Belgium & Blues" bar opposite the Showcase Gallery