Sounds of Black Britain is a new podcast hosted by broadcaster Julie Adenuga that aims to make Black British history accessible to everyone.
Sounds of Black Britain podcast is the result of an exciting partnership with Spotify Studios, Unedited (Black-owned, award-winning producers of podcasts, documentaries and TV shows and The Black Curriculum a social enterprise tasked with helping to redress the lack of Black British history in the UK Curriculum.
Hosting the Sounds of Black Britain podcast is British broadcaster, host and cultural curator Julie Adenuga.
New episodes of the podcast, which launched on 26 August, land every Friday. One of the key aims of the podcast is to help challenge the Eurocentricity of the school curriculum at a nationwide level, with the hope of making Black British history accessible to everyone at all ages. It also seeks to empower young people in the UK with a sense of belonging and identity.
The first season features 10 episodes and will dive deep into the musical history of Black Britain, looking at how music has been an instrumental resource in educating and bringing Black music into the mainstream. The first episode sees host Julie explore the Sounds of Carnival: Notting Hill and beyond, exploring the fusions of sounds and cultures which painted the Caribbean street parties and parades of the 60s and 70s.
Upcoming episodes will cover a plethora of different musical genres including the Soul, Funk and Jazz movement, how Afro-swing made waves in the UK, the art of storytelling through Rap music, and will also spotlight several women who have contributed to Black British music throughout history. The episode finale will cover off racial politics: from the estate to the dancefloor, and how Black music nights are policed in a UK backdrop compared to how other genres of music nights were policed.
“I’ve learned so much on this journey and I’m so proud of the legacy that Black British music holds.”
Sharing her thoughts on the Sounds of Black Britain podcast, Julie Adenuga, said: “Working with the team on this podcast has been such an incredible experience. The work that The Black Curriculum is doing for the British education system is incredibly important, and this podcast is another step toward raising awareness about our history. I’ve learned so much on this journey and I’m so proud of the legacy that Black British music holds.”
The Sounds of Black Britain podcast is brought to you by The Black Curriculum and produced by Unedited. The Black Curriculum’s Editorial Lead is Addie Tadesse. The executive producer is Andrew Spence, the series producer is Sefa Nkyi, assistant producers are Akeem Maull-Nicol and Bukky Fadipe. The series is written by Drew Christie and the Sound Designer is Tony Onuchukwu and the episodes are filmed and edited by JJ Jemiyo with assistance from Afia Kufour.