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Joy White (University of Bedfordshire): 'Crossing Borders: The Social, Cultural, and Economic Significance of Grime'

Wednesday 27 October 2021, 4.00PM to 5:30pm

Grime is a contemporary Black British musical genre with its roots in East London. From its early days as a niche practice articulating the experiences of young Black lives, it is now a genre with a worldwide audience. What are its influences and origins? How does it relate to Reggae, Hip Hop and UK Garage? How has Newham’s Grime foundation allowed for the emergence of other musical forms? In this talk, I reflect on the social, cultural and economic significance of Grime.

Dr Joy White is a Lecturer in Applied Social Studies at the University of Bedfordshire and the author of Urban Music and Entrepreneurship: Beats, Rhymes and Young People’s Enterprise (2018), one of the first books to foreground the socio-economic significance of grime music. Joy’s latest book, Terraformed (2020), contextualises the history of Newham and considers how young black lives are affected by racism, neoliberalism and austerity. Connecting the dots between music, politics and the built environment, it centres the lived experiences of Black youth in the inner city.

Read more about Joy's work on her webpage at the University of Bedfordshire.

Attend in-person, or on Zoom (Meeting ID: 998 9220 5308; Passcode: 390939)

Location: Music Department, Room D003, Sally Baldwin Buildings, Wentworth Way