How tone deaf police misunderstand music

As a musician and a policeman, I’ve watched as the police have consistently misunderstood and stigmatised black music and the people who make it. When I hear the complaints about Drill music, I hear echoes of the way things have always been. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, reggae music venues, from record shops and clubs to house parties, attracted disproportionate attention from the police ...
Leroy Logan has been both a senior policeman and a serious musician. For decades, he’s seen the police in London misunderstand and criminalise black music.
Full article theneweuropean.co.uk

Feluke has died

Master percussionist and songwriter Denver ‘Feluke‘ Smith is dead. The songwriter lost his battle to stage 4 colon cancer while in Mexico on Saturday. He had reportedly gone to the North American country to undergo another round of cancer treatments.

How music star Apache Indian is transforming young lives in Handsworth – with ‘no swearing’

The Handsworth born singer’s AIM Academy on Soho Road has been making a positive difference to the lives of young people.

For the past six years he has been touring and producing music, as well as inspiring youngsters through the AIM music Academy, based at South and City College Handsworth campus.

Although housed inside the college, it is separate to the college and managed and run by Apache every Wednesday from 12-9pm.