Although the focus of the Black Lives Matter movement lies firmly on the United States, the issues the movement addresses are global in scope. To better understand the situation, Classical:NEXT spoke with Chi-chi Nwanoku, founder, artistic and executive director of the Chineke! Foundation, which supports, inspires and encourages Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians working in the UK and Europe.
The following video highlights the many challenges faced by musicians of colour and their continuous uphill battles. Chi-chi offered an emotional and powerful response, with much food for thought, while also addressing the beauty in collective diversity and the impactful work the Chineke! Foundation continues to engage in.