About Black Music History

Matthew Williams MA, PGCE, LLB is a PhD research student at the University of Bristol. He began this initiative in February 2017 in order to aid his studies. It has since blossomed with an online following on Instagram of over 15,000 followers. He continues to document on social media when he is not studying or working.


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Black Music History

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Black Music History celebrates the global influence of music of the African Diaspora.

February 17, 2019

Respect is often the reward of dignity. 

I’ve been thinking lately about the topical debate around the fashion label, Gucci. The fact that one of their items of clothing brought back the collective cultural memory of black face and the minstrel shows. 

It reminded me tha...

February 10, 2019

Donald Walbridge Shirley (29 January 1927 - 6 April 2013).⁣

I recently went to see the movie Green Book. If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry there aren’t any spoilers here - this isn’t a review of the film. Even though Dr Shirley’s family have slammed the film as a ‘...

February 3, 2019

Africans are unique in the contributions they have made to the history of music in the west. Although I think its an over simplification, we are told by music historians that where as Europeans have been responsible for harmony it is the African influence that has led...

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