Sound and Solidarity provides space for collective explorations of music. Decolonial, internationalist and searching for the rhythms of solidarity. The events are hosted by Sound Advice and Arman Nouri with some events co-hosted in collaboration with guest from within our wider community of practice.

The gatherings use music and sound to help articulate approaches to challenging colonialism and offering solidarity. We are inspired by collective, sonic rituals that music culture can catalyse. And, where mass movements and collective agency, particularly around driving social change, are born out of spaces that were created by music.

As spatial practitioners, we were particularly interested in exploring music and sound as a material in which spaces can be formed around and what this tells us about how we occupy spaces of power, and the agency we have to shift and disrupt the status quo. Writers like Paul Gilroy have spoken about the importance of music culture in the development of The Black Atlantic culture after the abolition of slavery through “the sounds of the once forbidden drum”.

Sound & Solidarity is about uncovering the stories of the forbidden drums through the creation of spaces for collective storytelling, knowledge exchange and community building through music, Sound & Solidarity listens to and celebrates the power of music as a connector of peoples, cultures, histories and ideas.

Previous discussions have been guided by the eclectic music choices of Don Cherry, the relationship between Nyabinghi hand-drumming and Yemeni sea-faring music, Bay Area hip-hop, Cypriot folk music, making the events themselves a manifestation of the idea of Sound & Solidarity.