At first glance, an exhibition on 'black music' may appear as absurd as a celebration of red-headed painters or a showcase of beardless dancers. Yet with 'Great Black Music', the Cité de la musique make a persuasive case for the term, joining the dots between the different musical genres of the African diaspora. This magisterial exhibition doesn't attempt to give ethnographic explanations for black musical traditions, nor does it somehow equate these with one another; rather, it demonstrates the development from blues to jazz, rock, soul and hip-hop, while grounding the whole in the black experience of slavery. It's a complex, pertinent, utterly fascinating subject, familiar thanks to its imprint on pop culture, yet too rarely understood. Kudos to the 'Great Black Music', then, for tackling it.