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Monique Charles is a PhD student at Warwick University focussing on ‘race’, religion, class, gender & music as it relates to #Grime. #HBTG?

Her thesis is entitled:

‘Hallowed be thy Grime? : A musicological and sociological genealogy of Grime music and its relation to black Atlantic religious discourse.’ (#HBTG?)

Monique’s fascinating research highlights her interest in music, religion, the African Diaspora. Her innovative research enabled her to present at the first International Black Doctoral Network conference in the USA and Britain’s first Blackness in Britain conference.

Monique is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the British Sociological Society, and has been a guest Lecturer at the University of Canterbury, where she delivered a lecture entitled Hallowed be thy Grime?

Monique has a love for music and singing, as demonstrated through the numerous vocal and music qualifications she holds. These include grades 7 and 8 in vocals skills (Trinity Music), Vocal skills in Urban Arts (PointBlank), Vocal Artist (Access2Music) and an award in Understanding the Music Business (BTWSC). In addition, she has received vocal training at Vivace Music School and sight singing training at Morley College and CityLit. Her vocal talent has enabled her to sing in various church and community choirs in different languages such as Latin, French, Spanish, German and many South African dialects. She has provided backing vocals at charity events, studio ‘scratch vocals’ and has also sung at Wigmore Hall and Paddington Basin’s open air theatre.

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