Playlist: Grace Jones

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 08:50

Grace Jones has stood apart as one of the most distinctive and recognisable figures in contemporary culture for more than three decades. One of the first black supermodels, she was a star of New York’s disco scene, before making her mark as a recording artist in her own right.

In summer 2021 Jones descends on the Southbank Centre for a much anticipated, and arguably overdue, turn as curator of our annual Meltdown festival. For ten days Jones, whose own musical carer has seen her work with superstar producers Trevor Horn and Nile Rodgers, will take over musical programming across our venues to put her own distinct stamp on our corner of London. 

And to give you a flavour of what we might be able to expect from this inimitable star, we’ve corralled together a special selection of some of her most memorable work. From the disco dance vibe of her debut 1970s track ‘I Need A Man’, via the unmistakable 1980s sound of tracks such as ‘Pull Up to the Bumper’, and ‘Slave to the Rhythm’, to her more recent recording for the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, enjoy all things Grace Jones in this Spotify playlist.



Grace Jones’ Meltdown festival, originally planned for June 2020, has now been rescheduled to take place at Southbank Centre in June 2021.

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