Working with the community around Tate Modern is always interesting and this week is no different, with the opening of a new exhibition celebrating and exploring the history, influence and evolution of black music south of the river.  Over the last year artist Barby Asante has been investigating south Londoners' personal stories and connections to black music history, and now, following on from its presentation at Peckham Space earlier in the year, the South London Black Music Archive (SLBMA) opens its doors in the McAulay Gallery, Tate Modern. 

  • The South London Black Music Archive
    Items from The South London Black Music Archive

This open archive celebrates and preserves these fascinating stories and objects. Each weekend in November you’ll be able to see a wide variety of items including books, magazines, concert tickets, posters, stories, records and CDs gathered together and displayed with the reverence of museum pieces.

It’s not just seeing other people’s memories though , we’d like you to get involved too:


to music from the exhibition archive on record players, tape players, iPods or online.


your stories and memories of black music in South London. Text your messages live in the gallery and add to our wall map of black music landmarks.


to the archive by bringing us your memorabilia connected to black music in South London.

Come and see the archive Friday - Sundays only 10.00 - 6.00pm, 3 November - 25 November 2012