R. Kelly is a free man because we’re “disgusted” yet complicit

With the recent documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly, many are asking why the self-styled “Pied piper of R&B” has got away with it for so long. Angelo Irving asks if our disgust really translates into action. Content Note: This article contains explicit reference to acts of child sexual abuse, please read on with caution. Editor’s… Read More

Opinion: Why Ms Dynamite should have said Thank U, No to the MBE | DIASPORA TALES

MOBO and Brit award-winning musician Ms. Dynamite was at Buckingham Palace yesterday to accept her MBE. She defended her decision as honouring her Windrush generation grandparents, but with the Windrush scandal still ongoing, author Vanessa Walters asks whether now is the time for nostalgia. The decision to accept or reject an MBE is personal and… Read More

Is Drill Music Killing Teenagers In London?

The recent moral panic about the deaths of teenagers in London being blamed on Drill music has led to groups being banned from making music, and appearing in a video can lead to a listing in the Metropolitan police’s notorious gangs matrix. Angelo Irving asks where the blame really lies. At the start of the… Read More

How we study music: navigating the whitewash

Dr Hannah Marie Robbins discusses how the teaching of music can be white-washed, and how teachers and researchers can disrupt the all too familiar narratives I was raised in North-West London in the 1990s, not so far from Wembley Stadium and minutes from the Notting Hill Carnival, which meant that “music” was part of the… Read More