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Topic being debated by two opposing teams for and against. 


Just how much has our music changed over the years and what is the impact on our community? 

one team says yes it is and one team says no its not! Some top djs on debating teams. 

The Mella Centre 
73 Oxford Street, 
London, W1D 2EP.


Doors open at 6:00pm Debate starts at 6:30pm  


Nearest Tube Station: Tottenham Court Road. Exit Tottenham Court Road towards Oxford Circus and a 5 minute walk. Oxford Circus 7min walk. It's right opposite the Halifax Bank.

Buses: Any bus between Oxford circus and Tottenham Court Road. 
Alternative No[masked] for further info. 
PLEASE NOTE drinks and food can ONLY be purchased from premises.

Contact: [masked] or[masked]

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  • Marie-Lyne

    Very enjoyable.

    January 20, 2014

  • Jide

    Hi Folks

    Those of you definately coming to the meetup today it'll be great if you could get there on time in order to secure yourself a seat. I think it's going to be another busy one. I'll be there from 5ish to help set up so anyone that pitches up a similar time, we can grab a drink or two. Look forward to seeing you. Jide [masked]

    January 19, 2014

  • Francis O.

    Let's not let some misplaced nostalgia for music of years gone by becloud one's perspective.

    January 18, 2014

    • Jide

      Francis Once……..Black music has its origins steeped in spirituality. It was built on traditions of African culture. The drum being one of the lasting symbols of our communication, has been replaced by a simulated instrument that struggle to recreate the natural sounds that resonate with our natural vibrations. Nostalgia is not misplaced as it clearly has its place in todays sounds. It's why a high percentage of songs and tunes are borrowed from yesterdays era. I think dependent on the generation of which ones ears are atuned will depend on whether or not one feels there is a crisis.

      1 · January 19, 2014

  • Francis O.

    Black music in crisis? What makes music black? Is it when a song is done by a black, produced by a black or the music itself regardless of the race of the singer has its roots in African/Caribbean sounds? Music cannot be in crisis, it is just like other art forms; fusion occurs, sounds and styles go in and out of fashion. Youssou N'dour rulez!

    January 18, 2014

  • Shay

    So sorry I can't make it.

    January 18, 2014

  • Jide

    So does anyone have a view on whether Black Music is in Crisis?

    January 15, 2014

    • Lenora J.

      I think, like Letitah alluded to, we need to shine a light on the positive music black people produce. Genres like jazz, soul and reggae have some beautiful music. We are not just about hip hop and rnb we are so much more than that. I'd be interested to know if this is about music sang by black artists or music of black origin like the mobos?

      1 · January 17, 2014

    • Jide

      As a music collector, DJ and radio presenter since the early 80's i've seen the highs and lows in the industry. I agree Lenora that we are better served focusing on the positive music and musicians out there but not loose sight of the mechanisms, individuals and organisations negatively impacting our music.

      January 17, 2014

  • Pam

    Sorry, I cannot make it after all as I have another engagement.

    January 17, 2014

  • Chukwudum E.

    I will be attending the debate regarding 'black music in crisis'
    my name is Chukwudum Ejikeme and I hold a bachelors degree in Buisness and It I am also a qualified English teacher.

    This 'black musis in crisis' is a topic that is close to my heart and I look forward to attending'. Yeah black music is in a crsis and I look forward to giving a healthy contribution.

    1 · January 10, 2014

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