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How well do you know your Black British music?

The story of Black British music is a five-hundred-year journey from the court of King Henry VIII to the 'Ends' of South London. Take our quiz inspired by the British Library exhibition and book, Beyond the Bassline: 500 Years of Black British Music, to see how much you know. 

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Beyond the Bassline: 500 Years of Black British Music

Published alongside the major British Library exhibition, Beyond the Bassline is a landmark volume of essays, features and interviews which traces a new timeline underpinned by the Black artists and musicians who, over centuries, have shaped Britain’s unique and globally significant musical culture. Illustrating this vibrant history which traverses musical genres from classical, gospel and jazz through to reggae, jungle and Afrobeats are more than three hundred images including contemporary and classic photographs, paintings, posters and record sleeves.

Introduced by the exhibition’s curators, Dr. Aleema Gray and Mykaell Riley, and edited by Paul Bradshaw, music journalist and publisher of Straight No Chaser magazine, Beyond the Bassline tells its essential story through specially commissioned pieces from musicians, composers, DJs, writers and photographers, as well as important voices in politics and history.



1 x winner will receive a £50 Record Tokens gift card and a copy of Beyond the Bassline: 500 Years of Black British Music
10 x runners-up will each receive a copy of Beyond the Bassline: 500 Years of Black British Music

This competition has now ended but you can still play the quiz for fun.

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