Throughout autumn 2018 Hackney Museum ran an exhibition Black British Music in Hackney. and our programme of workshops and performances reflected and explored this theme (see also Events page), culminating in...

Sunday December 2nd - Trading Roots
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
GUYO's traditional Winter Concert celebrates the legacy of Black music in East London, featuring the music or Africa and the Caribbean, explored in the Summer School and autumn workshops. Flyer here

Video clips from this event, and details of 2019 spring/summer performances, will be published in March; meanwhile, here is a reminder of GUYO in action at Rich Mix:

GUYO musicians celebrate the Yoruba orissa Eleggua with West African 12/8 drumming; and pay tribute to the late Hugh Masakela in Abdullah Ibrahim’s tune Nelson Mandela.


Saturday October 27th, Trading Roots
Poplar Union, 2 Cotall Street, Poplar, London E14 6TL
Young musicians join Grand Union musicians in an exhilarating evening celebrating Black History Month, with the music of Africa and the Caribbean. See also Workshops page.  

Tuesday May 29th, 4.15-5.00 - All Points East Festival
Victoria Park, East London E3 5TB     
Open air event celebrating music flourishing in East London

Sunday June 17th, 12.30-3.00 – Tower of London Festival
Tower of London, Wapping, London EC3 4AB

Open air performance in the Tower Moat, part of a day-long festival featuring the music of the best of young musicians and youth ensembles.

Saturday July 14th, 7.30 pm – What the River Brings
St John on Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA
Admission £8/£5 concessions
Spectacular new show with performers from across the whole of East London.

Thursday August 2nd, 4.30 pm - Summer School performance
Writtle University College, Lordship Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3RR
For details and regular updates, go to the Summer School page.

A summary of the GUYO programme for spring and summer 2018 can be found on this flyer. More details can also be found on the Workshops Page.


The GUYO programme for the autumn explored Rhythms and Revolution, and culminated in a public performance, the annual GUYO Winter Celebration, at Rich Mix on December 3rd - and what a memorable climax that was...

We chose the theme for the GUYO autumn programme partly as a contribution to Rich Mix’s programme throughout 2017 commemorating the Russian revolution, but also for musical reasons – and this extraordinary performance by the young musicians certainly captured the revolutionary spirit in so many different ways!

Drums and drumming have always been associated with insurgency, but rhythm can also be more subtly subversive, as Ghanaian master-drummer Abass Dodoo and candomblé/marakatú specialist Ricardo Axé showed in their masterclasses - how Africans communicated secretly under the very noses of colonial rulers, or in northeast Brazil and the Caribbean slaves kept their old traditions, customs and religions alive through music from their native Africa…

Sunday December 3rd - GUYO & guests Rhythms & Revolution
London, Rich Mix, Shoreditch
     Here are two short video clips; photos can be found in our Winter Newsletter



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