WHERE ARE ALL THE BLACK
WOMEN IN GRIME?

Journalist and Grime fan Yomi Adegoke noticed something lacking when it comes to discovering and enjoying the genre of music she loves. Women who look like her.

Whether it’s behind the scenes or at the forefront, black women seem noticeably absent while, in the past 15 years, stars such as Dizzee Rascal, Stormzy, Wiley and Skepta have become mainstream names as the genre grows exponentially, exporting this distinctly British sound internationally from China to the USA.

Yomi hears how this inimitable, thriving genre is defined by the artists who make it, and discovers a complex music scene that celebrates its black female artists on the one hand, but hasn’t yet given them the space, profile or support to grow.

It’s also a problem the industry seems reluctant to address, raising uncomfortable questions indicative of the wider challenges black women face in the UK – colourism and misogynoir.
But are things changing?

With contributions from Dr Joy White, Alex ‘Twin’ Boateng, Jasmine Dotiwala and more. Produced by Sefa Nkyi, Mixed by Steve Wyatt

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