Black History in Popular Music

This week we started our exploration of Black history in and through music.

Did you know that our favourite music from rock and pop to hip hop all have their origins in the call and response singing, dancing and drum beats of Africa? These musics came to the Western world through the horrors of trans-atlantic slavery – but the music also offered a way for enslaved Africans to resist slavery and racism.

Today hip hop, rap and grime continue the legacy of music that stands up for racial equality, as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. In Year 6 we will be exploring the origins of hip hop, learning to mix our own beats and compose and record our own raps.

We hope you enjoy some of our samples of Fleur East’s rap ‘Black Lives Matter’.