SEEN is a new Manchester-based music magazine, created by global majority and marginalised communities. Conceived of in 2021 with a bold anti-racist manifesto, it was founded to counter the London-centric narrative that often dominates music journalism. Celebrating unheard voices, it hopes communities can narrate their own stories and heritage, while connecting with global scenes linked to Britain's colonial history.
The first issue celebrates Manchester music, spotlighting the migration journey of Somalia hailing musician HMD who's settled in Moss Side via Denmark and DJ Paulette, who's written about the need to unionise DJing. The magazine also explores musical scenes such as the feeling of belonging and joy that Manchester's fledgling amapiano movement has provided for the city's South African community and a reflective account of the UK's South Asian undergrounds.