The ON RECORD PANEL brings together a group of people from across the music sector to look at the past, present and future of black music in the city. A wide range of topics will be covered including questions around whether the city does enough to celebrate its black music heritage. If not, what needs to be done to address this to ensure that the history of black music features in the city’s music narrative going forward. Why isn’t there a greater recognition of the influence of black music on The Beatles?
Moving on to the present day the panel will also look at the strength of black music in the city at the moment, what support is available and what are the challenges artists have to overcome to further their career.
Finally looking to the future, what needs to be done to ensure that local black music talent has the appropriate infrastructure in Liverpool to ensure that artists have confidence that they can build a sustainable career from the city.
Hosting the panel is award-winning broadcaster and DJ, Spykatcha. There is no end to his talents which have taken him across the world.
Having been involved in the music industry for more than 30 year, Kevin McManus has lots to offer the music sector and was instrumental in securing Liverpool’s UNESCO City of Music status in 2015.
Paul Duhaney is the Artistic Director of Africa Oyé, the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture.
Barbara Phillips brings a wealth of experience to this debate. Helping young people get into the music industry, one of her proudest achievements is kick starting the career of local band MiC Lowry who are performing as part of ON RECORD: UNTOLD & RETOLD.
Here’s a man who needs no introduction. Chair of The Beatles Legacy group, Peter Hooton joins the panel, where he delves into the narrative of African and American songwriters and performers and how they influenced The Beatles early music in Hamburg and Liverpool.
Artistic Director of Liverpool’s Bluecoat Bryan Biggs has extensive knowledge of the contemporary arts and his love of writing about popular culture including pop music means he definitely has one or two words of wisdom to share.
TAKE NOTE focuses on the struggle, despite the success of The Real Thing and The Christians in the 70s and 80s, to positively profile black music and black music creatives within the city and the cities music narrative.
Produced By: Jernice Easthope | Audio & Visuals By: Go Play Studio | Edited By: Kofi Owusu