BBMC (Brent Black Music Co-Op) was opened in July 1985 attended by UK and international artists, Brinsley Forde (Aswad) Suliman El Hadi (Last Poets), Astro and Ali Campbell (UB40).
It was recognised that the mainstream music industry did not invest in reggae music and the setting up of a music co-op would generate employment, training and other opportunities for the community and its musicians. With funding from the Greater London Council (GLC), and Brent Council the necessary instruments and equipment.
Over the years BBMC became an establishment that is known as the ‘Home of Reggae Music’. Reggae artists that have used the establishment include internationals like Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, John Holt, Alton Ellis, Mighty Diamonds, Big Youth, Horace Andy, Johnny Clarke, Delroy Wilson. UK artists include Carroll Thompson, Janet Kay, Peter Hunnigale, Sylvia Tella, Congo Natty aka Rebel MC … the list goes on.