No Bass Like Home University: Doin’ It for Themselves

Women in Black British Music

Black British women looking to make their way in the male-dominated music industry have always faced an uphill struggle. The industry appears more welcoming than it’s been in the past – but if you look beyond the surface, how much has really changed? And what are the challenges facing Black women looking to make their names in British music today?

Chaired by poet Sheda, and featuring Shakira Walters from Girls of Grime, the all-female reggae band Akabu, legendary singer Carroll Thompson, DJ/Selector Lady Banton, and singer Aleighcia Scott, this panel discusses how Black women in the industry today can carve out space for the next generation. After their conversation, you’ll get a chance to put your questions to the trio.

Produced by recipients of a Brent 2020 Culture Fund grant, Diane White and Caroline Williams of Real Talk Productions.

Doin’ It for Themselves is the third event in No Bass Like Home University, four online discussions exploring reggae’s place in British popular culture. For details of the others, visit the series homepage.


Sheda (chair)

Shakira Walters (Girls of Grime)

Aleighcia Scott (singer)

Akabu (band)

Carroll Thompson (singer)

Lady Banton (DJ / Selector)

BSL interpretation can be arranged upon request. Please email for access queries. A video recording will be available to registrants afterwards.