As the UK’s most multi-cultural postcode, Peckham Soul celebrates the unique creative energy of SE15 and the defining feature of South East London – diversity. Rejecting negativity and stereotypes, Peckham Soul assert that difference is the spark which ignites debate and engagement, an engagement that not only makes life more interesting, but creates a better place for all.
A label for original design started just under a year ago by Craig Jamieson, Peckham Soul’s classic “Togetherness” t-shirts are now de rigueur on Rye Lane, and their “London Music Maps” prints explore the rich cultural history of music in South East London. This is central to the label’s mission. As a history often obscured by the uneven significance given to all things North of the river, Peckham Soul features on the Mad Professors’ Ariwa studio in Peckham – recording to home to such reggae luminaries as Lee “Scratch” Johnny Clarke; and Deptford’s “Soul City” – the first exclusively “soul” music shop outside of America, demonstrate the cultural importance of South East London. This is part of a continuing archive initiative which will culminate in the “Peckham Listening Project”, an Oral history project recording and document the role of music in the lives of South East Londoners over the last 60 years.
Peckham Soul couldn’t be more excited about its participation in Peckham Festival – SE15 inaugural arts festival and a new chapter in the continuing story of Peckham and South East London’s cultural vibrancy. So swing by the stall on Saturday to check out our label and to say a big warm South East London hello.