Hood Musics, 2018

mixtape, 179 min 29 sec

 

Where does memory travel?

How much does it cost?

Who participates?

Who curates?

What is art?

These questions are starting points for research and reflection resulting in an experiential taxi ride and ‘drive by listening tour’ through the neighbourhood directly around Open School East, Margate.

This mixtape of music representing the many sociocultural groups living and working in close proximity is playing on loop.

Hood Musics was compiled using material collated through street discussions and also inspired Let The Record show, a live performance of Outspoken Word + Subliminal Bass by Swan Nemesis. Excerpts of which were disseminated in various locations throughout the area in the form of text based posters, signs and interactions.

"Music should be viewed as an act instead of a thing. Who is doing it? where? and who is listening? then become the primary questions. By looking at music this way, we begin to understand the relationship between music, people, history and the larger culture."

quote by Christopher Small from Sonic Bodies by Julian Henriques


Thanks to all those from the neighbourhood with who I had intimate and heart warming discussions with on the streets, in cars and in their homes while researching for this project - There Goes The Neighbourhood, Hood Musics, Streets is Watching, Let The Record Show

A series of works that started to form in the back of my mind from when I first moved to Margate in summer 2017

supported by Open School East

listen here

Tun' up the volume! - Enjoy!


Thanks + Respect to:

Bernie - 64, Irish + Welsh = British

Andrej - 21, Slovakia / Roma

Aslan - 37, Kurdish

Pradeep - 32, Sri Lankan / Tamil

Thamba - 35, Sri Lankan / Tamil

Kajar - 24, Sri Lankan / Tamil

Maureen - 50, German + Scottish = British

Neel - 33, Sri Lankan / Tamil

Jamie - 24, Irish + Portuguese = British

Abdul - 41, Iraqi

Ivan - 17, Slovak - Gypsy

Richard - 29, Czech Republic

Tamara - 28, British

Phillip - 48, British

Jade - 23, English

Joe - 93, British

David - 80, British

Arthur - 98, British

Joyce - 91, Londoner / English

Eileen - 91, English

Peggy - 80, English

’Paul’ Singh - 58, Asian / Sikh = Indian

Mikaela - 26, Swedish

Lado - 31, Lithuanian

Ali - 27, Romania

Halil - 46, Turkish

Heidi - 34, Estonian

Alice, 38, Malay

Samula - 18, Afghanistan

Dezider - 33. Slovak

Cas - 41, Libyan

Hairi, 57 - Turkish

Barry, 49, Welsh

Yanko - 31, Bulgarian / Gypsy

Mirek - 26, Czech Republic / Romani = Roma Gypsy

Georgetta - 36, Lithuanian

Yasmine - 11, Bulgarian

Alex - 8, Slovak

Patrick - 11, Slovak

Andy - 55, English

Ben - 38, Nigerian

Knight - 5 England

Ayaan - 44, Somali / Swedish

Hossein - 35, Bangladeshi

Matthew - 41, London / Christian if anything

Clarissa - 43, Caribbean

Jimmy - 27, German + Irish - Never really identified with a nationality

Ade - 48, West Indian with an English background

Roshan - 43, Nepali

Valentin - 35, Romanian - Roma

Egge- 9, Slovak

Summer - 26, English

Andy - 38, English

Georgi - 19, Bulgarian / Roma Gypsy

Dimitri - 27 Lithuanian / Russian

Marsal, 18, Slovak / Roma

Nick - 62, Greek

Johnny - 31, German / Jewish = British

Kef - 35, British Asian

Adnan - 38, Albanian

Shane - 19, English

Naami - 35, Ghanaian

Nina Radio Tapes - 46, Indian

Ice Cream Mafia - 46, Tanzanian

+ Big Ups to Andy Doody at Thanet Cars,
Matthew Smith, Antonia Luxem,
Emily Whitebread, Korallia Stergides
and Alex & Sara Ratcliffe @ The Tom Thumb Theatre