We asked, you answered.
As part of our partnership with Musician’s Union (MU), and with your help, we’ve put together a playlist of our favourite Black Scottish Artists to close out the end of Black History Month.
We received dozens of recommendations for tracks and artists to put on our radar, including some of our faves, such as Bemz and Brooke Combes. We were also introduced to new artists such as Jeremy Mbiba and Conscious Route.
To have a listen to who’s hottest on the scene right now and who’s up and coming, click the Spotify link here and add to your favourites.
Our partnership with Musician’s Union didn’t stop there. If you didn’t catch it, MU teamed up with one of our IYS blog contributors, Ash Harper, to bring to discuss music as an act of resilience and activism for BPoC communities - music not only being a form of resistance to oppression, but a powerful form of self-expression and identity.
From Windrush influences of calypso, ska, to afro-beats and grime, read about the enduring legacy of Black British unity in Ash Harper’s article on the MU site.
Above the original members of British reggae band Steel Pulse – David Hinds, Ronald “Stepper” McQueen, Basil Gabbidon and Selwyn Brown – all hailed from the Birmingham Ghettoes of Handsworth, England. Their families were immigrants from the West Indies.
The Music Union is a community of over 33,000 musicians working to protect members' rights and campaign for a fairer music industry. They represent and advise musicians working across the music industry in Scotland and Northern Ireland – everyone from individuals within the music sector to touring abroad and advice for music users, they’ve got you covered.