University of London Institute in Paris

9-11 rue de Constantine
75007 Paris


Bringing Britain's now established Black History Month to Paris, this event is part of a series developed with Professor Martin Evans (University of Sussex) who is currently the lead British expert in the French Migration Museum’s major exhibition Music Migrations (1962-1989) at the Palais de la Porte Dorée and Dr Mélanie Torrent (Amiens University) who is a member of the LARCA research network. Focusing on London and Paris, this exhibition charts the contributions of successive waves of migrants to the national capitals of the gradually decolonizing Empires of Great Britain and France and has been heralded as one of the best exhibitions on popular music. The film screening and discussion on Friday 4th October 2019 will offer students, researchers and fans the opportunity to see Mykaell Riley's Bass Culture Documentary and to learn about the hugely important Rock against Racism Carnival of 1978 through his first hand account. We will also welcome Gary Crosby and Janine Irons, founders of Tomorrow's Warriors, whose impact on the London music scene cannot be overestimated. This event follows on the post-graduate student training event co-organized with the School of Languages, Literatures and Film (QMUL) on 19th June 2019.


Gary Crosby, co-founder of the music education organisation Tomorrow’s Warriors

Martin Evans, co-curator of Paris-Londres. Music Migrations. 1962-1989, University of Sussex

Janine Irons, founder of Dune Records and co-founder of the music education organisation Tomorrow’s Warriors

Mykaell Riley, producer of the documentary Bass Culture and former singer with Steel Pulse, University of Westminster


3pm – 5pm: Screening of the documentary Bass Culture (2018) followed by Mykaell Riley in conversation with Martin Evans and Q&A.

Bass Culture was commissioned by Mykaell Riley, as part of his Arts and Humanities Research Council research project mapping the impact of Jamaican music over the last half century. Central to this documentary are the voices of four generations of African-Caribbean and black British cultural producers - musicians and songwriters, DJs, sound system crews, and industry professionals. Through key voices central to five decades of new British genres - such as UK Roots reggae, UK Dub, Pop reggae, Brit Ska, Jungle, Drum And Bass, Trip-Hop, UK Garage, 2 Step, Dub Step Grime, and a host of other UK subgenres – the documentary explores the impact of Jamaican music on popular British culture, which continues to influence global popular culture.

5pm – 5.30pm: Tea and coffee

5.30pm  – 7pm: Tomorrow’s Warriors: Gary Crosby and Janine Irons in conversation with Martin Evans followed by Q&A.

Using documentary clips and music footage, this conversations will explore Janine Irons and Gary Croby’s own histories of music and multicultural London and their pioneering role in jazz music education, in particular through the establishment of Tomorrow’s Warriors in 1991, the educational jazz organisation which has been pivotal in increasing diversity across the arts through jazz.   

Significantly, Tomorrow’s Warriors has been crucial in nurturing so much of the talent at the forefront of the contemporary London jazz scene including Soweto Kinch, Zara McFarlane and Nubya Garcia - a scene which is a crucial legacy of the period 1962-1989 explored in Paris-Londres.

7pm– 8pm Reception 


Supported by 

University of Sussex

Leverhulme Trust

University of Westminster 

LARCA (Université Paris Diderot)