Our Musical Roots
During their community engagement activity, City of Colours discovered that 89% of people under the age of 16 could not name a single musician from Birmingham.
Jez Collins, founder of Birmingham Music Archive and Birmingham City University Researcher, said: “Birmingham’s impact on the global music industry is criminally overlooked in comparison to cities like Manchester and Liverpool, yet Birmingham has a rich, diverse and sustained history of music activity.”
To try and increase awareness of Birmingham’s musical heritage, City of Colours, St. Basil’s, and Jez Collins have worked together with children in Highgate, Digbeth and Lozells on a ten-month project called Our Musical Roots, aimed at highlighting the city’s rich musical history.
The project has resulted in two murals – one of which (pictured) was unveiled at St. Martin’s Youth Centre in Highgate last weekend – and a final exhibition at Muthers Studio in Digbeth this November. The exhibition will display reimagined album artwork, vinyl collages, a lyrical installation and a timeline of Birmingham’s musical heritage.