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No Bass Like Home

A celebration of reggae on film, with panels, Q&As and audience discussions

The Borough of Brent is the home of reggae in Britain, and the Lexi is proud to pay tribute to that with a season of films celebrating Bass Culture, both in Britain and in its homeland of Jamaica.

The story of reggae in Britain is vital to the borough of Brent. The Trojan and Pama record labels were founded here, bringing Caribbean music to British listeners for the first time. Sound systems blasted out new Jamaican jams but Brent also produced musicians of its own, from The Cimarons, Britain’s first homegrown reggae band, to Willesden’s Janet Kay, the first British-born black female singer to top the UK reggae charts with her classic single Silly Games, featured so memorably in Steve McQueen’s ‘Lover’s Rock’.

Working with our partners Black History Studies we’ve put together a season of films that resonate to a reggae soundtrack, fusing sound, image and political consciousness in unforgettable ways.

With panel discussions after every screening and several films – including Pressure and Burning an Illusion – that were shot on our local streets, No Bass Like Home will provide a unique opportunity for the community to celebrate our shared heritage.

The project will also pay tribute to local icon, filmmaker and friend of the Lexi Menelik Shabazz, who died this year and whose films form an integral part of the No Bass Like Home programme.


Special £5 tickets for Brent residents are supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

No Bass Like Home is part of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture programme exploring the stories, art and emotions that hold life in Brent together.


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No Bass Like Home Partners

Black history studies

Black History Studies is a self funded social enterprise which operates in the interest of the community to inform, inspire and empower people through Black History and Black Studies by educating the community to educate themselves.












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