Beating Heart

 When Hugh Tracey (1903-1977) made 35,000 field recordings across Sub-Saharan Africa between the 1920s & 1970s, his intention was to reveal the beauty and complexity of this music to a world that saw little value in it. Today, almost 90 years later, Tracey’s bid to preserve the music of Africa for future generations lives on. 

Beating Heart has connected the International Library of African Music (ILAM) archive with contemporary producers, making fresh sounds for a modern audience. Building from Tracey’s vision, the income generated from the project will be used to assist people in the areas where the music originally came from.

The Beating Heart initiative is ongoing, original, and highly collaborative work designed to bring together international and local artists as well as communities and institutions aiming on forging exploratory ground for sustainable cultural and environmental initiatives.

Project co-founders and DJs Olly Wood and Chris Pedley will be spinning the originals alongside the fresh remixes plus a load of other funky tunes.