Stratford: V&A to hold Black music exhibition 2025

She said the exhibition also aimed to emphasise the social importance of music and its ability to be an “extension of an individual”.

Contemporary Black artists, including Kano and Jorja Smith also feature.

The show will also delve into the historical, social and cultural context that gave rise to British music genres, from Drum & Bass to Grime, and beyond.

It will also include the international impact of Black British music and the creative influence of East London on this genre.

As part of the project, V&A East has also commissioned a new film that aims to be a dynamic portrayal of Black British musical styles.

V&A East’s director, Gus Casely-Hayford, said the event would be “a landmark show foregrounding multiple perspectives to tell a long-overdue story about the creation of our national sound”.

“V&A East is dedicated to opening up new creative opportunities for all,” he added.

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