Word Sound Power
27 July - 22 October 2012
Launching in line with Jamaica Summer
at The O2, this exhibition, produced by Chaser Productions, will celebrate the impact of Jamaican music and culture on our lives in Britain. We’ve all been touched by Jamaican culture and, throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, the Jamaican community has consistently left its mark on the nation’s musical output and tastes. Jamaican music has been at the heart of many musical and cultural movements and still resides at the core of what is nowadays called Bass Culture.
This exhibition has been curated by Paul Bradshaw, former editor and publisher of Straight No Chaser magazine, and art directed by Ian ‘Swifty’ Swift. It will shine a spotlight onto this very unique aspect of home-grown British culture and pays tribute to all those who have been involved in it from sound system operators and MCs to the singers, bands record producers and labels and many more.
Word Sound & Power: Reggae Changed My Life is a work in progress. It delves into the fantastic photographic archives of Anna Arnone, Jean Bernard Sohiez, Liz Johnson-Artur, Stephen Mosco, Syd Shelton, David Corio, and Dick Jewell and unites these images with Swifty’s original artworks which are inspired by fanzines, flyers, posters and, of course, the original bass bins and speaker boxes of sound systems like Count Shelley and Jah Shaka. This will be a fascinating addition to the Jamaica Summer at The O2.
Word Sound & Power: Reggae Changed My Life is supported by Arts Council England
Viewing Reggae Changed My Life
Sir Coxsone Outernational image by Jean Bernard Sohiez.
is included in regular admission price for the British Music Experience.