Recommended for Key Stage 3 (ages 12+)

Join Jeffrey Boakye as he provides an insight into Black History, talking about three songs featured in his book Musical Truth. Jeffrey also encourages young people to explore songs that have relevance in their own lives and to consider why they relate to them.

To download an education pack with resources for this event, click here.

If you have enjoyed this film, why not try these activities:

  • Watch this video poem by Bacary ‘Bax’ Mundoba from Back to Ours.
    • Bacary ‘Bax’ Mundoba says in the video Afro-Codhead – “I‘ve made my own box, ‘cos most poeple haven’t walked a foot in my socks.”
    • What do you think he means?
  • Use Jeffrey’s top tips in the video to think about people’s experiences and stories that come from a song of your choice.

About The Author

Headshot of Author and guest at Bradford Literature Festival Jefferey Boakye in a black jumper in front of a dark brown background.

Jeffrey Boakye

Jeffrey Boakye is an author, broadcaster, educator and journalist with a particular interest in issues surrounding race, masculinity, education and popular culture. Originally from Brixton in London, Jeffrey has taught secondary English for fifteen years. He is the author of several books: Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials, and the Meaning of Grime; Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored; What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions; Musical Truth: A Musical Journey through Modern Black Britain; and I Heard What You Said. He is also the co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Add to Playlist. He now lives in Yorkshire with his wife and two sons.