Somerset House Studios
Fri 26 Jul 2019

Black Obsidian Sound System: Club Night

Fri 26 Jul 2019
20.30 - 01.00
£8.50 / £7.50 concessions

Please note this is an 18+ event.

The Deadhouse
South Wing

BOSS family and friends on the decks. Good tunes and better vibes.

Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.) events prioritise the comfort and safety of Black and of colour women, femmes, queers and trans folk. We aim to make accessibility a priority. However,  we are open to everyone. As always - No racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia or hatefulness. If any of the above is compromised during an event, please reach out to one of the collective members (in B.O.S.S T shirts).

Black Obsidian Sound System was established in the summer of 2018 with the intention of bringing together a community of queer, trans and non binary people of colour involved in art, sound and radical activism. Following in the legacies of sound system culture we wanted to learn, build and sustain a resource for our collective struggles. The system, based in London, will be available to use or rent by community groups and others with the purpose of amplifying and connecting us.

Members of the B.O.S.S collective are: Adae, Deborah Findlater, Evan Ifekoya, Gin Resis’Dance, Hakeem Kazeem, Jlte, Mellowdramatics, Phoebe Collings-James, Mwen, Shy One, Melissa Fundira, Mwen, Naeem Davis, Sadqueersclub, Onyeka Igwe, Shamica, ORETHA, Natasha Nkonde

Please note this is an 18+ event.


Chooc Ly Tan
French-born Afro/Vietnamese/Cambodian artist, DJ & Fine Art lecturer. Not limited by a specific genre, though a penchant for electronic and club music. Chooc Ly's DJ sets present a varied selection forging astral connections through spectrums of Techno, Kuduro, futuristic Chaabi الشعبي, high-voltage Electro, Hip hop, Qgom through to fusions we haven’t found names for yet. Chooc Ly recently played at Regenerative Feedback 2019 at WORM, Rotterdam; Chale Wote Festival 2018 (Accra, Ghana), the Living Art Museum (Reykjavik), Tate Modern (London) and Villa Empain (Brussels).

Mellowdramatics’ sets are a confusingly nostalgic & morose mix of ukg, reggaetón & soca hooks blended with ambient & percussive club music. Expect to battle tempos & get sweaty. 

Pepper Coast
Pepper Coast is the DJ moniker of artist & filmmaker Deborah Findlater. Drawing upon her own West African & West Indian heritage she is committed to playing & exploring dance, electronic, bass & drum heavy sounds from across the African diaspora.
She has established herself in her native London particularly at QTIPOC based parties, having played such nights as BBZ, Body Party & Resisdance. She is currently a member of Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.).

Rose Gold Bkyn
New York baseed creative collective of softbois, DJs and visual artists creating experiences and projects that center and capture the QTPOC community.

Young Nettle
Young Nettle (aka GORGON & Phoebe Collings-James) loves sound that totally envelopes her. As a selector and DJ, her choices reflect intensity in sound, across all tempos - always sensual, emotional music, with heavy bass and underlying wildness.
She has played in clubs, museums, house parties and in nature, and continues to produce original music for live performance work with Sounds for Survival, an ever-changing performance work created with Last Yearz Interesting Negro.


Breathless Mix:
Christopher Kirubi
Adam Farah
Chloe Filani
Shenece Oretha
Rhoda Boateng

Government DJ
Government DJ is the (dj) moniker of artist Evan Ifekoya, providing a curriculum for the dance floor and State (un)sanctioned sounds. Spanning hydrophone recordings, healing frequencies, techno and trap - no sounds are off limits here. They have presented DJ sets, performative lectures and sound essays at clubs, galleries and universities across the UK, Europe and beyond. Recent sets have taken place at La Casa Encendida Madrid (2019), Cafe Oto, Five Miles London and University of Reading (2018). 

“A people’s art is the genesis of their freedom”

Claudia Jones

With support from the Adonyeva Foundation