UJIMA Radio 98FM launches new website celebrating the social history and cultural contribution of Bristol's Caribbean Community.
"Dubplate to Dubstep has been an extraordinary innovative project that enabled a diverse selection of young, talented inner city residents to explore their musical heritage and ultimately to secure some exciting opportunities at the BBC and other media outlets" said Roger Griffith Ujima Radio CIC, Chair
Following a successful three part heritage media project working with a team of inner city local young people Bristol’s, Ujima Radio CIC announces the launch of a new cultural heritage website Dubplate to Dubstep
“Dubplate to Dubstep” funded by Heritage lottery Fund (HLF) covers 50 years of social history and music trends and begins its story with the first generation Jamaican immigrants arriving in Bristol and Britain in the 50’s and 60’s. It explores how the hostility and colour bars faced by St Paul’s Caribbean community led to the creation of vibrant live music venues and cultural events. “St Paul’s Festival”, founded in 1957 was closely followed by the infamous Bamboo Club in 1966 listing Reggae greats Gregory Isaacs, Desmond Decker and even Bob Marley (1977) amongst its legacy of artist performances. With classic black and white archive photographs by Pete Webb, Beezer, Adrian Boot (Urban image TV), Bristol Records Office, this website successfully documents the past fifty years of music and Culture in Bristol and the UK.
A Short documentary, drama and radio shows materials produced by the young participants tell the important story of how Jamaican Culture and Music in Britain has impacted on popular British culture and traces the journey of the original “Dub plate” Bass line recordings from Jamaica to Britain, confirming Reggae music as the absolute founder of subsequent Dub music genres right up to most recent Dubstep movement. Short films, interviews and radio shows produced by the youth team, feature many Bristol legends starting with 60’s pioneer DJ Derek, 70’s and 80s Reggae greats Talisman and Black Roots, 80’s early Trip Hop and Drum n Bass founders Ray Mighty (Smith & Mighty) DJ Krust (Fresh 4) and Peter D Rose (Wild Bunch & Massive Attack), leading us to the more recent Bristol talent Grime influenced Buggsy and Dubstep producer Wedge. Special feature is the full documentary “Dubplate to Dubstep” with bass culture commentary by ex Steel Pulse band member Mykaell Riley, currently Programme Director of the Black British Music Research Unit.
Shana Rose age 19 “This project has contributed to my new career at BBC Bristol. It gave me a chance to show my passion and interest in media and fed me with important knowledge and skills I now use in my day to day job”.
Ujima Radio CIC and its youth team have created a heritage resource that ensures not only that Bristol’s Caribbean Community are recognised for their valuable cultural contribution to the city, but that personal stories from this fifty year period are archived for the future. Further they have also successfully trained up a core group of young people in all aspects of professional media, supporting them into producer, presenter and researcher roles at Ujima Radio, 8th Sense Media and BBC Bristol.
Ujima Radio 98FM, Bristol is a platform for local voices to inform, represent, educate, entertain and celebrate culture, heritage and diversity through a quality range of music, news and talk shows. As a social enterprise Ujima in its fifth year of broadcasting, has provided training and development opportunities in media for over 250 volunteers and young people across Bristol.
Partners on the Project:
Watershed: M-Shed, Bristol Records Office, 2morrow2day!, 8th Sense Media, Firstborn Creatives
Project Manager: Caroline Oldland.
Trainers and Mentors: Kevin Philemon, Roger Griffith, Rob Mitchell, Mike Jenkins.
History: Dr Edson Burton, Mykaell Riley, Roger Griffith
Website Designer: Gavin Wilshen
Project Branding: Oscar Rayner at Fine line Designs