This keynote will address the question of the relationship between blackness and cities with reference to the sonic cultures of the African diaspora.
How have cities around the world been shaped by and in turn influenced creative articulations of 'blackness'? Why has 'urban culture' become almost synonymous with cultures of 'blackness'? Drawing on personal experiences of urban travel, original research in urban theory and contemporary art, as well as critical thinkers like Edouard Glissant and Fred Moten, this lecture will argue that music and sound culture - the sounds of blackness - are essential to understanding the past, present and future of global cities. In particular, the role that black musical and sonic cultures have played in the shaping of cultures of resistance in the urban context will be emphasised.