A unique music and dance project,
directed by Deborah Baddoo MBE (State of Emergency) and featuring a collective of renowned international artists, 'Remembering Windrush' tours in the UK from May 2020 presenting live music events 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).
Through workshops and performances, students experience a fun 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 society over the past seventy plus years.
'Remembering Windrush' brings together a group of exceptional musicians, including legends of the Caribbean music scene, to write and perform a set of songs and instrumentals that pay tribute to the Windrush generation and their descendants. The band also presents inspired original arrangements of classic songs and instrumentals.
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) and rising star of the London jazz scene, drummer Saleem Raman (Robert Mitchell, Jason Yarde, etc).
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.
'Remembering Windrush' is set to visit selected music and arts venues and festivals in the South West of England and London during 2020, including Salisbury Festival, Exeter Phoenix, Trinity Centre Bristol, Stratford Circus London, Corn Exchange Dorchester and Lighthouse Poole, where members of the public can enjoy the music and meet the artists.
The 'Remembering Windrush' music, which is available as a CD and online for streaming and download, remains a unique legacy of a very memorable experience for all concerned. 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