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Author of groundbreaking black music history book reveals top tunes

Singer Sade performs on stage. Photo: PA

The first comprehensive history book of black music in London has been launched, exploring and celebrating the remarkable influence of immigrant cultures on the capital's music scene.

According to the author Lloyd Bradley, black music has been part of London's landscape since the First World War, when the Southern Syncopated Orchestra brought jazz to the capital.

Contributors to Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital include Eddy Grant, Osibisa, Russell Henderson, Dizzee Rascal and Trevor Nelson, with an introduction by Soul II Soul's Jazzie B.

Bradley's top 14 track according to his Spotify include:

  • Loose Ends - Hangin' On A String
  • Omar - The Man
  • Sade - Hang On To Your Love
  • Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath - Nick Tete
  • Janet Kay - Silly Games
  • Hi-Tension - Hi-Tension
  • Matata - Gettin' Together
  • Plan B - Live Once (featuring Kano)
  • West African Rhythm Brothers - Emi Wa Wa Lowo Re
  • Russ Henderson - West Indian Drums
  • Aswad - Warrior Charge
  • Roll Deep - Take Control (featuring Alesha Dixon)
  • Sandra Cross- Lovers Dub
  • Lord Kitchener - If You're Not White You're Black