Theaster Gates’s Top 10 tracks

10/03/2017
Mahalia JacksonMahalia Jackson in concert at Concertgebouw Amsterdam in April 1961. Photo: Dave Brinkman/GaHetNa (Nationaal Archief NL), CC BY-SA 3.0

Counting down to April’s live appearance by Theaster Gates and The Black Monks of Mississippi, we asked Gates to share his favourite tracks on the Spotify music-streaming service. The IHME Artist provided us with a playlist featuring artists ranging from soulful Mahalia Jackson to more recent arrivals, such as the singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine, who started off as a busker on the Paris Metro – not to mention other genres of black music from blues and jazz to funk, rap, and R’n’B.

Tune in to the playlist to get a taste of some of Theaster Gates’s favourite tracks:

Theaster Gates will perform together with The Black Monks of Mississippi at the Rock Church in Helsinki on Thursday, April 6. Seats for the concert are limited, so we recommend that you book your free place in advance here >

As part of the Project IHME is screening the world premiere of a film about The Black Monks of Mississippi on Wednesday, April 5 at the Finnkino Tennispalatsi cinema in Helsinki. The film screening and concert will be augmented by a video installation created for the Festival, which you can view in an architectural jewel hidden away in Helsinki’s Punavuori, the Finnish Salvation Army Temple, on April 6–29. Follow the hashtag #IHME2017 for updates!