International Black Radicalism in International Music

13 February 2019, 12:00 - 14:00

Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Discussion of Selected Music: International Black Radicalism in International Music

This session will be focused around how black radical thought from the 1970s leaked into the cultural sphere, and particularly in music. We will select four songs, two from the 1970s and two from the present day, and discuss how they reflect on their similar messages and connections to black radical thought. For the two present-day songs, we will also be able to see how the black radicalism is signalled not only through the lyrics, but through the music video.


Beyoncé. (2016) Formation. New York, NY: Parkwood. Available at:
Lemar, Kendrick. (2015) The Blacker the Berry. Carson, CA: Top Dawg Entertainment. Available at:
Marley, Bob. (1973) Slave Driver. London: Island Studios. Available at:
Scott-Heron, G. (1970) The revolution will not be televised. New York, NY: Flying Dutchman. Available at:

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Open to all. No registration required
Part of International Black Radicalism Research Network series