Black Sound Series: Dance, Debate & Create at Contact Theatre

Contact is celebrating music of black origin with an unprecedented line up of guests; Mic Righteous, Children of Zeus and the Level UP Collective: No Space, with Leanin’ orchestrating musical madness at the after-party.

By Steven Pankhurst | 2 October 2017

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Nathan Joseph championed Rap artist, hosts a Rap Workshop for all ages, in which attendees will gain invaluable skills in writing prowess, master insider know how on taking the stage and open up their word play ingenuity.

Following themes from previous Black Sound Series events Contact has also commissioned Thirty Pound Gentleman to explore the question ‘What is the Future of Black Music?’ in a special chat show-style event. The format will include music, performances, special guests and interviews where the audience will get chance to take to the hot seat and become a part of the discussion.

The question will be explored by talking broadly about ideas of aesthetic, identity, gender, sexuality, homogenisation, and looking at some of the more recent innovations in black music in the UK and globally; such as the constancy of hip hop, the prolificacy of trap, emergence of drill, and the robustness of grime, as well as the unexpected emergence of soulful sounds from Manchester.

During The Day, Saturday 7th October

Rap Workshop, 1pm, FREE
Take part in this one time only workshop opportunity. Here you will gain invaluable skills in writing prowess, open up your word play ingenuity and learn inside tips and tricks on how to get your performance down to a fine art. Led by Nathan Joseph, an established and championed rap artist with a number of albums.

Music Production Master Class, 1pm, FREE
Delivered by a reputable music producer, explore how to compile, compose and produce Grime beats using Logic Pro X in the format of a studio session. If you’re ready to step up your game and hone your music production wit then this master class is for you.

The Future of UK Black Music Seminar, 4pm
Thirty Pound Gentleman brings his acclaimed seminar on The Future of Black Music to the Contact hub. Ruby-Ann Patterson, Dean Bryce (Boiler Room), Yaw Owusu (Liverpool International Music Festival) plus various innovative Manchester bred music industry professionals, make up this impressive panel. This is an exciting opportunity for the live audience to debate and disseminate with industry professionals on where the black music industry is heading.

To book a ticket for a workshop Click here

Main Event

From 8pm – 11pm, £10 (£6 conc.)
With exhilarating performances from Mic Righteous, Children of Zeus, Level Up’s No Space Collective (Blakk Ice, C-Prophecy, Tobija, Poochie, TrueAubz, Shaquille Rayes, Tomonomous, Zoe, Joy and Blue). Expect a night of raucous music, elevated energy, and positive vibes

The After Party

11pm ’til Late, £5
The After-Party follows a day and night of events and activities celebrating UK music of Black origin. Hosted by Leanin’ who will be orchestrating musical madness throughout the night! Expect to dance the night away to exclusive tracks, beat by beat wizardry and the latest hits of all genres. Accompanied with the liveliest Manchester crowd and speciality drink offers

Sam Malik, Producer of Black Sound Series said: “Black Sound Series is extremely exciting as it brings music industry professionals and grass roots musicians together, whilst furthering Contacts philosophy of speaking directly to its local communities.”

Contact Theatre, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6JA
0161 274 0600