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Barbados’ oldest sheet music project awarded with funding

June 3, 2024

A project which includes the world’s oldest-surviving sheet music from Barbados has been awarded £29,750 in funding from Arts Council England.

The work being conducted in Gloucestershire is part of the Beating Back The Past Project, which captures the voices of enslaved people working in the sugar plantations, along with an installation of textiles, photographs and music.

The display will take place in September.

Rider Shafique, a musician of Barbadian descent, and Vanley Burke, commonly known as the Godfather of Black British Photography, will head up the project, which will explore their perspective of the transatlantic slave trade.

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