Featuring individual performances from three black and black mixed heritage artists alongside profoundly insightful discussions about their work, Here to Remember (Live) presented by Brighter Sound explores personal experiences of history, memory and heritage at the Carlton Club on Thu 14 Sep.

Hosted by DJ and vocal artist Magic EKJ, the one-off event premieres fresh creative projects by British-Ugandan folk songwriter Daudi Matsiko, musician-cum-visual designer Obeka and DJ-Producer Mia Koden, each drawing on unique lived narratives to offer a singular perspective on cultural lineage and collective cultural memory.

Matsiko’s performance is split into two parts: the first unpacks his experience of Uganda, while the second offers a sequence of vignettes which bring fresh interpretations of stories from the archives at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre. Obeka, in partnership with a photographer, presents an immersive audiovisual experience charting carnival culture through field recordings and interviews, inspired by one of the original Moss Side Carnival organisers, Locita Brandy. Drawing on oral history techniques observed in archival material, Mia Koden conducts a series of interviews with her family, sampling their responses to craft a story and exploring themes of being and belonging.

Throughout the evening, Bolton-based DJ Hurguf provides a blend of propulsive club beats and uplifting classics ‘from the North West of England to the Horn of Africa’.

“Being able to and encouraged to create artistic work specifically focused on the experiences, histories and stories of the Black community and global majority is something I will cherish. I’m certain it will have an impact on my journey as an artist, songwriter and storyteller.” – Daudi Matsiko

“What I’m looking forward to most is discovering Caribbean people, organisations and artists deeply rooted in Manchester to help give more exposure to their impact on culture and society.” – Obeka

“I’m excited about combining both of my main interests (music and heritage) whilst learning new forms of practice.” – Mia Koden

Tickets are offered on a Pay What You Can basis, with a suggested donation of £5 – nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Click here to book.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Thu 14 Sep, 7pm, The Carlton Club,
Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8BE
, Tel: 07858 712745, Pay What You Can
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Wed 30 Aug 2023