We have mentioned the Return of the Rudeboy exhibition a few times and it is well worth your time. But there are also some pretty neat associated events too, which includes a screening of Duke Vin and the Birth Of Ska at Somerset House.
The documentary came out a few years back (maybe five years?), but rarely gets a big screen outing. So if you get the chance and happen to be in the area, you should catch it.
It's the story of when Duke Vin and Count Suckle arrived in Britain in 1954, bringing with them the music of the streets in Jamaica. Soon after, Vin set up the UK’s first sound system, and before long the country's music scene was forever changed (for the better) by the arrival of ska.
It's only a 50-minute documentary, but it will be followed by a panel discussion with Return of the Rudeboy exhibition curators Dean Chalkley and Harris Elliot, and Mykaell Riley, programme director of the Black Music Research Unit, University of Westminster. So if you want to know more about the genre, it's probably worth it for that.
The doc is showing on Thursday, 21 August 2014, 18.30-20.30, with tickets £12 and available now at the Somerset House site.