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BOSS x HillzFM Event at Herbert Art Gallery (Interviews Included)

On 11th November there was a very cool DJ collaboration at the Herbert Art Gallery. As part of the current Turner Prize exhibition, one of the nominees, Black Obsidian Sound System (BOSS), invited HillzFM to take part in an online streaming event along with Sisters in Dub and Ras Emmanuelle from Block Radio.


Photos: Left to right, Aimee representing Young Hillz with Asha Banton, Isiah Williams and BOSS

Above: Interview with Francis Nielsen, Culture and Creative Director of Culture Coventry Trust about recent collaborations and working with communities across Coventry

HillzFM’s DJ Shiro pictured above, kicked off the proceedings playing a cool set of world music.


HillzFM’s Williams Brothers, Isiah and Asha, joined the proceedings appropriately as they are both part of one of Coventry’s Sound System crews the Mackabees Crew. The brothers have been involved in this culture for over thirty years and played a selection of reggae music with vocals provided by the incomparable Isiah.

You can listen to the Williams Brothers on Hillz FM (98.6 FM or online every Thursday 6:00PM – 9:00PM

If you want to know more about the Mackabee Crew and keep up to date with upcoming events, check them out on Facebook:

Above: Interview with HillzFM DJ Isiah Williams

Aimee followed playing the pop music she loves and represented HillzFM’s YoungHillz DJs. Aimee was delighted to be included in the event and she told me it was a great experience.

You can listen to Aimee’s Afternoon Show every Wednesday from 4:00PM – 5:00PM


Young Hillz:

Wednesday Open Access (games, arts&crafts, sports, computer time) – 3:30PM – 5:30PM

Thursday Young Hillz Radio Training (media, radio and journalism) – 3:30PM – 5:30PM

Above: Interview with HillzFM’s presenter Aimee representing Young Hillz


Ras Emmanuelle from Block Radio was up next playing old and rare reggae tracks in vinyl format.

Above: Interview with Ras Emmanuelle from Block Radio


Our lovely Liney Dampz aka DJ RuffFusion was next on. Ruff Fusion has never been afraid to talk about the fact that he is on the autism spectrum, Ruff played a great mix of house and dance music. He was so delighted to take part in this event as you can hear in the interview.

Above: Interview with Liney Dampz aka DJ RuffFusion


The Sisters in Dub came on after Ruff Fusion. Fresh from taking part in the Sound System event, Coventry meets Kingston and being featured on the BBC, the three girls are a very fresh outfit, newly formed to keep the sound system culture going for Coventry’s youth to experience. Their set ended up with everybody in the place dancing about.

Make sure you check this up-and-coming group out here:

Above: Interview with Sisters In Dub

Above: Interview with Marcus (BOSS)

BOSS finished off the evening with their own set and they kindly donated some live streaming equipment to HillzFM so that we will be able to train our team of volunteer DJs on how to produce similar events ourselves in the future. Also, they will be building two sound systems and leaving them in the care of Sisters in Dub for sharing with the community. A fantastic gift for Coventry.

The Turner Prize winners will be announced by Pauline Black of the Selecter at the Coventry Cathedral on 1 December.

The photos and interviews in this article explain what took place that day and proves what members of our wonderful community are capable of producing.

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