A unique music and dance project,
directed by Deborah Baddoo MBE (State of Emergency) and featuring a collective of renowned international artists, Remembering Windrush was all set to tour in the UK from May 2020 presenting live music alongside a programme of African-Caribbean dance and music workshops in schools and colleges, led by dance and education specialist Ellen Miller (Zoots and Spangles, Jiving Lindy Hoppers, etc). All that's changed now and so we are going ahead with a special online production entitled Windrush Hour 2020.
Through a series of online workshops, performances, talks and discussions, participants will experience an introduction to the music and dance styles of the Windrush era and learn about the history and the significant contribution made by the Windrush generation to British culture and society over the past seventy plus years.
So far, Remembering Windrush has brought together a group of exceptional musicians, including legends of the Caribbean music scene, to write and perform songs and instrumentals that pay tribute to the Windrush generation and their descendants. The band also presents inspired original arrangements of classic tracks.
The musicians include original Jazz Warriors guitarist Alan Weekes (Aswad, Jazz Jamaica, etc), renowned Jamaican saxophonist
Michael “Bammi” Rose (Paul Simon, Jools Holland, etc), twice Grammy nominated composer and producer Steve Marshall a.k.a. Just Stephen (Lee “Scratch” Perry, Keith Richards, etc), gifted Italian double bass player Michele Montolli (Julie Dexter, Marshall Allen/Sun Ra Arkestra, etc), rising star of the London jazz scene Saleem Raman (Jason Yarde, etc) and the world famous drum maestro Kenrick Rowe (Clifford Jarvis, P J Harvey, The Specials, etc).
Under the 'lock down' we are going to push forward and try to develop a conversation and an interactive experience that can be shared and enjoyed worldwide. We're also going to invite some more old and new friends and colleagues to contribute, so watch this space for news and updates.
Remembering Windrush is available as a CD and online for streaming and download, remaining a unique legacy of a very memorable experience for all concerned. The music explores a variety of genres including bluebeat, ska, jazz, reggae, calypso, mento, gospel, blues and soul and the idea is to create a new interpretation of and a reflection on traditional and popular styles.
This project is supported by PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Organisations and by the Church Urban Fund on behalf of the Ministry
of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Photography (c)2019 Peter Japal & State of Emergency Limited.
Deborah Baddoo MBE
Michael "Bammi" Rose