An Evening with Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.)

CCA Berlin is excited to host members of London-based collective Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.) for an evening introducing Berlin audiences to their community-based work.

CCA Berlin, Kurfürstenstrasse 145, 10785 Berlin
Free admission

Club night with DJ sets by B.O.S.S. members mellowdramatics, LC -a friend of the collective- and guests Jaxx TMS and YUNG_WOMB from SLIC Unit
OHM, Köpenicker Str. 70, 10179 Berlin
Admission € 10,- (box office only)

B.O.S.S, 2021. Illustration: Jacob V Joyce

Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S), The Only Good System Is a Soundsystem, 2021, Installation view at FACT, Liverpool Biennial 2021. Photo: Rob Battersby

Black Obsidian Sound System at Somerset House, London. Photo: B.O.S.S.

B.O.S.S. was established in the summer of 2018 with the intention of bringing together a community of queer, trans, and non-binary black and people of colour involved in art, sound and radical activism. Following in the legacies of sound system culture they wanted to learn, build, and sustain a resource for our collective struggles. Somewhere in the space between history and myth, they seek to choreograph a new way of being and existing in the world together. B.O.S.S. was  nominated for the Turner Prize 2021.


At 6:30 pm, a panel discussion with B.O.S.S. members Onyeka Igwe and Marcus MacDonald will be held at the CCA Berlin space to share how the collective draws on the sound system as an archetype of black expression, presenting a nuanced picture of collective concerns rooted in emancipation from structural racisms. Joining them will be DJ and community organizer Luz from ROOM 4 RESISTANCE, a Berlin-based queer femme and non-binary forward collective focused on community-building and creating safer space and visibility for underrepresented artists in dance music.

From 10pm onwards, a club night will take place at OHM Berlin, featuring DJ sets by B.O.S.S. member mellowdramatics, friend of the collective LC, and guests Jaxx TMS and YUNG_WOMB from SLIC Unit, a BIPoC DJ network from Berlin and Hamburg virtually founded in 2020 whose sets combine a breathtaking blend of afro beats, baile funk, UK bass, house, dancehall, perreo, ballroom and rap.

This event is part of CCA Berlin's Stirring Up Trouble, a program which aims to host, restage, and think alongside distinct artistic positions that foreground acts of listening and their manifold potentialities, and which has included Kent Chan, Steffani Jemison and Justin Hicks, and Lawrence Abu Hamdan.

Stirring Up Trouble is generously supported by the Between Bridges foundation.