Black Junglist Alliance aims to combat whitewashing
A new community portal called the Black Junglist Alliance (BJA) has just been launched. Their aim is to unite black artists, professionals and creatives from the world of Jungle/Drum & Bass.
Founded by Inperspective Records head honcho Chris Walton, BJA will provide a media platform – BJATV – for talent to shine. They will also offer guidance where needed and act as a catalyst for learning and collaboration.
With BJATV officially launching last Saturday (1st August 2020), some of its founding members describe why they think that it’s needed.
“Because the picture out there isn’t correct and isn’t in line with what music is being made in regards to the YouTube channels that are currently presenting Jungle/Drum & Bass. That picture needs to be changed and the Black Junglist Alliance TV can help change that.” – Chris Walton
“Many other genres of music have an online platform that solely reflects their community through culture, experience and knowledge e.g. SBTV or UKG. It’s about time we had a channel that reflects and connects our history in Jungle with the next generations to keep telling our own story.” – Caldey Muffett
“I’m looking forward to curating a platform that seeks to confirm the contribution of Black people to this music and the scene we all love. We’re here to highlight the legacy, the heroes and heroines, and the future contributors to this music from an unashamedly Afrocentric perspective.” – Neil Stevens
“There’s this rhetoric that new up and coming black and cultural talent is some sort of mythical creature, a Pegasus not based in reality. A legend ‘nowhere to be found!’ There is plenty of black and cultural talent across all of the industry out there. Be it DJs, producers, vocalists, lyricists, sound engineers and much more besides that. So we’re building a platform where there will be plenty of black and cultural artists present, for all to witness. We need to see and be seen within Jungle/Drum & Bass now, as I saw myself when I looked to it 22 years ago.” – Charlotte Toney
With Covid-19 pandemic changing and reshaping the world and dance music as we know it, initiatives like the BJA are determined to usher in an exciting new future for the scene. A future where fairness and equality take centre stage.