Paris-London. Music Migrations (1962-1989)
While until the mid-20th century, Paris and London shared a colonial past, the two capitals simultaneously underwent major changes by welcoming large migratory flows from the 1960s to the end of the 1980s. The young people of Paris and London from this immigration then yearned for more recognition and freedom. Music allowed them to speak out. In an immersive and chronological course, Paris-London. Music Migrations highlights the complex links between migration, music, anti-racist struggles and political activism.
The exhibition presents 600 documents and works of art related to music - instruments, costumes, photos, concert posters, videos, record covers, fanzines… - from the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate Gallery but also from the personal collections of musicians (including Manu Dibango’s) or the works of Jean Paul Gaultier.
The playlist of the great hits of the time punctuates the visit. Vibrate to the sound of Poly Styrene’s reggae-punk, Manu Dibango’s makossa, Desmond Dekker’s ska, Soul II Soul’s R&B, Rachid Taha’s punk without borders, Asian Dub Foundation’s asian underground, Kassav”s zouk, Neneh Cherry’s electro-rap, Alpha Blondy’s afro-reggae, Bob Marley’s legendary reggae, Khaled’s modern raï, the Green Négresses Vertes’ hybrid rock… They are all here!
TOP TIP: the admission ticket to the exhibition and permanent collections of the museum is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.
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Days and opening hours
From 12/03/2019 to 05/01/2020 between 10 AM and 5.30 PM except on January 1st and December 25th. Closed on Monday. Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 7pm. Checkouts close 45 minutes before closing.