talks & debates
talks & debates

From Grime to Classical: Men and Music

Part of Being A Man

From hip-hop to classical, we ask what role music plays in shaping male identity, and how particular genres can transform who we are and the expectations we set for ourselves.

Celebrate the joys of music, and look at the ways that music reflects contemporary masculinity.


- Jeffrey Boayke, author of Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of Grime, and Nils Rune Utsi aka Slincraze, a Sami-Norwegian rapper who was the subject of award-winning documentary, Arctic Superstar.

- Gary Crosby OBE, a leading jazz double bassist, music arranger and educator in the UK. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Tomorrow’s Warriors.

- Michael ‘Mikey’ J Asante, Artistic Director of award-winning hip-hop dance company Boy Blue Entertainment.

- John Lunn, award-winning Scottish composer, known for his soundtrack work for television, notably Downton Abbey, The Last Kingdom, Grantchester, Shetland, The White Queen, Bleak House and more. John has also written several operas and was formerly a member of the band Man Jumping.

Chaired by Gabriel Ebulue, writer and stand-up comedian, who created and hosts The Three Track Podcast.

Part of Nordic Matters

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2


Included in Pass
£20, £50

need to know

Need to know
This event is included in both the Friday Being A Man Pass and the Being A Man Weekend Pass.