National touring exhibition Let’s Play Vinyl launches with public event celebrating UK sound systems

Posted by ew205 at Oct 05, 2017 10:08 AM |
‘Talking Sound Systems’ will blend interactive exhibition, music appreciation and public discussion on Saturday 14 October

Music experts are to gather at the University of Leicester to discuss the pioneering role that sound systems play in black music.

A free public event entitled ‘Talking Sound Systems’ will be held at Attenborough Arts Centre to launch national touring exhibition Let’s Play Vinyl on Saturday 14 October from 1.00- 2.30 pm in the Princess Diana Hall.

The event will open with a roundtable discussion, featuring industry experts examining the past, present and future of UK sound systems.

Topics up for discussion will include the championing role that sound systems have played in black music, and the impact that sound systems continue to make on the industry as a whole.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Mykaell Riley (Chair), from the University of Westminster’s Black Music Research Unit and AHRC Bass Culture project.
  • Helene Henry, creator of the the Mousai Sound System.
  • Paul Huxtable, creator of the  Axis Valv-a-tron Sound System.
  • Vijay Mistry, Director of the 2Funky Music Café and producer of Spectrum: The History of Black Music in Leicester.

Immediately after the roundtable, from 3:00pm until 6:00pm, attendees and guests will have the chance to bring and spin their own reggae vinyl on the Heritage Hifi interactive sound system.

Professor Mark Banks, Director of the CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, said:  “The history of sound systems is a fascinating story of the ways in which black music helped to shape UK cities, their communities and patterns of cultural production, and the fact that they continue to thrive and move in new directions is testament to their enduring value and influence.

“As partners on the AHRC Bass Culture project and in support of Let's Play Vinyl we wanted to organise a public event that showcases the sound systems of today and considers their creative and commercial future.”

All event information can be found here:

The Let’s Play Vinyl exhibition runs at Attenborough Arts Centre from 14 October to 24 November.

There are also a number of free workshops for adults and families taking place in association with Let’s Play Vinyl at Attenborough Arts Centre.

Information on tickets and other events is available here:


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