Traverse through centuries of classical music as we unpack 500 years of dismissal, challenge and triumph within opera. Join Onyeka Nubia, writer, law lecturer and historian as he discusses the 'Black Classics: People of African Descent that Shaped Classical Music'. Then immerse yourself in modern classics, as Shirley J Thompson OBE, Reader in Composition and Performance at the University of Westminster presents (live) works from her contemporary operas, telling the lives of black women past and their fight for dignity and equality.'
Black Classics: People of African Descent that Shaped Classical Music - Lecture delivered by Onyeka Nubia
Rock and Roll and the melodies in Blues and Soul are international, as are the Pop and strut in Funk, the spoken word 'spitting' of Hip Hop/Rap and Grime. Reggae and Raga offer an apologia for the world to 'wine' and wail. They have been absorbed into the maelstrom of world consciousness but for people of African descent these forms of music are interwoven with joy and pain, aspirations and fears. Even entertainment is catharsis. But when we think of classical music however, we are sometimes offered a 'sacred' white male space: where the African drum, the African voice or the African composer does not fear to tread. Dr Onyeka Nubia unpicks this fallacy and reveals the African composition and the African composers that throughout history helped to shape 'western' classical music.
ABOUT NARRATIVE EYE
Narrative Eye is an organisation dedicated to promoting equality and social change through education. We are dedicated to the production and promotion of creative works that document and challenge the inequalities and injustices faced by African and African Caribbean people in the UK.
We promote the rich cultural and historical contribution made by people of African origin in the UK, through publishing literary works and research, producing plays and films. Our work also includes delivering courses, workshops and seminars on topics such as history, literature, and cultural and social issues.
We are committed to creating new and creative ways that enables African and African Caribbean people to participate fully in society and increase their social mobility, prosperity and employability. We are committed to raising the level of cultural awareness amongst Black Britons to enable them to overcome their social exclusion.
PAST PUBLICATIONS AND PLAYS
We have produced three novels including, Waiting to Explode, The Black Prince, and The Phoenix (which won the 2009 African Achievers award for Communication and Media). Our writer in residence is the historian and international researcher Onyeka. He has also produced The Whirlwind and the Storm, a West End theatre production about the life and times of Marcus Garvey. In 2013, Onyeka released his latest work, Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins.
▪ The Freedom Project (2007)
▪ Mother Tongue (2008)
▪ The Black Poppy Project (2009-present)
▪ Beyond Black History Month (2010)
▪ UNIA Blue Plaque (2011)
▪ Born British (2012 - present)
▪ African Tudors in England (2013- present)
▪ African Tudors in the Curriculum campaign (2013 - present)
▪ The Empire Needs Men (2014 - present)
We provide tailor-made workshops to the specific needs of beneficiaries. We have presented work to a wide and diverse range of audiences. The majority of our educational work has been with participants from socially deprived communities across the UK with a high proportion of Black residents.
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