A unique music and dance project, featuring a collective of renowned international artists, Remembering Windrush was all set to tour in the UK from May 2020 presenting live music at key venues, alongside a programme of African-Caribbean dance and music workshops in schools and colleges, led by Artistic Director Deborah Baddoo MBE and 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. Live ZOOM panels have been presented monthly and a new online learning resource entitled 'The School' was launched in July.
The original Remembering Windrush 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. This part of the project was so successful that State of Trust went on to win an award from PRS Foundation Open Fund for Organisations to support further composition and performance.
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 drum maestro Kenrick Rowe (Clifford Jarvis, P J Harvey, The Specials, etc).
Under 'lock down' we pushed forward and developed a conversation and an interactive experience that has been shared and enjoyed by thousands worldwide. Over the coming months we are 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 Windrush Day Grants Scheme and MHCLG.
Photography (c)2019 Peter Japal & State of Emergency Limited.
Deborah Baddoo MBE
Michael "Bammi" Rose