NewsListen to dub reggae at the Museum of London

October 8, 20200
London’s nightclubs may be closed but the Museum of London’s new dub reggae exhibition is open

 

Whether you’re a fan of dub reggae or you don’t even know what it is, now’s the time to learn more about it.

Dub London: Bassline of a City has opened at the Museum of London (to 31 Jan 2021).

Dub is a type of electronic music: one its main characteristics is instrumental remixes of existing recordings. However, its roots are in ’60s Jamaican reggae.

Through historic and contemporary audio and video displays, the exhibition explores dub reggae’s influence on other music genres. These include punk, pop, garage, hip hop and drum and bass.

The exhibition also looks at the genre’s social impact on London, such as how it has influenced fashion trends and spirituality.

Exhibition highlights

Techie types can get up close to Channel One Sound System speakers which have been used at Notting Hill Carnival every year since 1983.

Channel One Sound System at Notting Hill Carnival 2019 © Eddie Otchere / Museum of London

You can also see a record shop which has been created in collaboration with the artist Papa Face from Dub Vendor.

Dub Vendor was originally a market stall specialising in Jamaican music in Clapham Junction in the ’70s. Later, it became a recording studio, before morphing into a website.

Meanwhile, owners from independent record shops across London have helped curate a display of records.

If you want to listen to them, take headphones with a standard 3.5mm or 6.35mm jacks – Bluetooth headphones won’t work.

Most visits take around 30 minutes.

Safety measures

As mentioned, headphones are not supplied to protect visitors against Covid-19.

In addition to the above measure, you must book a timed ticket in advance so the museum can manage capacity.

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