Windrush: Music Of The People
Online – 29/10
Academic Mykaell Riley’s project From SS Orbita to Orbital is the jumping off point for this event which bookends Writing On The Wall’s Black History Month programming. SS Orbita followed Empire Windrush to the UK, with both vessels bringing a generation of workers, artists and musicians who contributed a huge amount to British culture. What would become known as the Windrush Generation and their descendants gave us the likes of calypso great Lords Kitchener and Woodbine, 1970s reggae sound systems and Norman Jay’s Good Times and countless others who changed pop music and culture for the better. The project has produced a series of essays which will be previewed at this event will analyse these impacts and debate the legacy.