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Black and white image of a man standing in front of soundsystem

A man standing in front of a bank of loud speakers in All Saints Road, Notting Hill, during the Notting Hill Carnival, 21st August 1994

© Peter Marshall


From its roots in Jamaican reggae to shaping communities over the last 50 years, this new display will explore not only dub music, but also the cultural and social impact it has had on the identity of London and its people.

Dub has had a far-reaching impact across the music industry and the history of the capital. It has influenced multiple genres from drum and bass, garage and hip-hop to even mainstream pop, and played an important role in the early days of the city's punk scene with bands such as The Clash and The Slits drawing on its unique sound.

Exploring this musical influence alongside community, fashion and spirituality, Dub London will examine how dub is a varied thread that runs through an entire community. Highlights will include:

  • A speaker stack belonging to Channel One Sound System that has appeared yearly at Notting Hill Carnival since 1983
  • A bespoke record shop created in collaboration with Papa Face of Dub Vendor Reggae Specialist
  • A record selection curated in collaboration with representatives of various independent record shops around London
  • Historic and contemporary rolling imagery and audio selections

Through collecting objects, memories and personal stories from some of Dub's most iconic people and places from across London, including Hackney, Lambeth, Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, Harlesden and Lewisham, the museum will create a display through contemporary collecting that will plunge visitors into the heart of Dub Reggae and invite them to explore the cultural phenomenon.

Dub London is part of Curating London, a four-year contemporary collecting programme with funding from Arts Council England and part of the Museum of London's SoundClash season.

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