Those of you who know me, or read my blog, will know all about my love of museums, galleries, anything with a bit of history or culture. So it was with real pleasure that I took in this evening with a difference. This was a particularly warm and balmy evening, so it was even better.
First of all, there was a stage setup outside, with numerous acts taking to the stage. We hung around for a bit, then decided to go in and have a wander around the museum itself, to see if we could find where the guys from Blackmale Beats were DJ’ing. A warm summer’s evening is a lovely time to visit an art gallery. We ambled around some of the installations and sculptures, took in a couple of poetry readings and marvelled at a building of such great stature. We we’re dreaming some big dreams.
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Eventually we found the room where Shem Lawrence and Lukman Shoge, otherwise known as Blackmale Beats (@Blackmale_Beats) were controlling the decks. Shem is an old friend of Kofi, and Kofi was like a proud uncle reflecting on Shem’s journey and achievements, and it was nice for them to connect and touch base. The accompanying displays of art and the various installations touched on themes of evolving identity, technology, music and fashion. It was a real eclectic collection of pieces with some great thought provoking concepts. The music was live too. It was such a great event. Classy. Cultured. Infused with Black maleness. Well done guys. I’m impressed. To hear more about Blackmale Beats from the horse’s mouth…watch the Youtube at the end of this post.
There was also an installation by a young designer called James Peith called Black Thunder Sound System. It was a futuristic looking speaker box, sound system setup thingy made from a composite of assembled parts. It was on wheels and had moveable amplification attachments. It was really cool and creative. Kofi noted an air of Lee Scratch Perry-esque inspiration in both James and his work. Interesting.
It was nice of them to invite us to the after party. An exclusive affair. So later on that night…in deepest Mayfair, we continued our wonderful evening dancing the night away.