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New short film series is showcasing Black music history in Manchester

The first episode features Ethan Hill and Mad Rush MC

  • Aneesa Ahmed
  • 2 November 2021
New short film series is showcasing Black music history in Manchester

A new series of short films celebrating Black contributions to music in Manchester is being released by Rhythm Lab Records.

The Manchester-based record label is launching a short series that will explore and celebrate the contribution of Black creatives and practitioners in the city's rich music scene, all to mark Black History Month.

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The first installment features Ethan Hill, a rising producer in the scene, and Madrush MC, a long-standing drum 'n' bass local icon. They're interviewed and cover "the history of shebeens, scared jungle promoters, and Home Office violence."

In addition to the interview, they are challenged to create music together and created 'Corrupt Clarity' EP, which is now available on all streaming platforms.

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In a caption on Instagram posted by the organisation, they said: "As we discover the futures of the black genres and art we hold so dear, it is equally important we pay the right people to explore and preserve their pasts."

The project is supported by Youth Music and Arts Council England.

"This should only be the first step", says the organisation.

Rhythm Lab Records are an initiative who aim to pair up artists who wouldn't conventionally be found in the same space to see what unique projects they can create. The group are interested in collaboration in music and experimentation.

You can hear 'Corrupt Clarity' EP and watch the first installment of short films below and on YouTube.

For more information about the group's project- follow them on Instagram here.

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Aneesa Ahmed is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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