Windrush Stories is a collection of full-length interviews from members of 'the Windrush Generation'. People who became known as the Windrush Generation began arriving in the UK from the Caribbean nations in the 1940s. They travelled to embark on a new life helping rebuild the 'Mother Country' during the post-war period. This generation, and their children and grandchildren, have significantly influenced British society through sport, politics, art, poetry, literature, language, food, and most of all music. Listen to stories of lives lived in the UK and the enormous cultural influence this generation has had on British life.
Rt Hon Diane Abbott MP
Diane Abbott was born in London to Jamaican parents. In 1987 she made history, becoming the first Black woman to be elected to parliament in Britain. She served as Shadow Home Secretary and is the longest-serving Black MP in the history of the House of Commons.
30/06/2020 • 43 minutes 7 seconds
Jamz Supernova is a DJ and broadcaster from London. She's of Jamaican-Cuban-Irish heritage. Jamz is known for her popular BBC Radio 1Xtra and British Council radio shows, her Future Bounce record label and nights, and for her passion for supporting alternative Black music styles. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05tqk1x
22/06/2020 • 42 minutes
Cecil Wright was born in 1933 in St Elizabeth, Jamaica. Known as Cec, he was a fast bowling cricketer who played for the national team and also for clubs across the Lancashire leagues, starting with Crompton, after moving to the UK in 1959. Cec retired in 2019 aged 85, after 60 years of playing. His final club was Uppermill In this recording he is interviewed by his daughter, Cecile https://www.wisden.com/stories/your-game/club-cricket/cecil-wright-jamaica
22/06/2020 • 18 minutes 33 seconds
Prof. Benjamin Zephaniah
Professor Benjamin Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham, England, the son of a Jamaican nurse and Bajan postal worker. He is a poet, novelist, lecturer, activist, musician, TV and radio presenter. https://benjaminzephaniah.com
22/06/2020 • 57 minutes 17 seconds
Marjorie H Morgan
Marjorie H Morgan was born in Wiltshire, England to Jamaican parents. She is a writer, playwright and journalist with a special interest in cultural and social politics. She is currently based in Liverpool, England, where she is Artist in Residence at Metal Culture Liverpool. https://www.marjoriemorgan.com
22/06/2020 • 45 minutes 36 seconds
Lloyd Bradley was born in London, England to St Kittitian academic parents. He's a journalist and writer, and one of the UK's foremost experts on Black music and culture. He authored best-sellers Bass Culture: When Reggae was King; Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital; Ian Wright: A Life in Football; Marcia Barrett's Forward and many other titles. https://www.lloydbradley.net
22/06/2020 • 1 hour 38 minutes 55 seconds
Nadine White is a third-generation Windrush descendant from London, England. A journalist and news reporter, she currently publishes via HuffPost UK and previously at The Voice newspaper with a focus on current affairs, race and social justice. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/author/nadine-white/2/
22/06/2020 • 53 minutes 46 seconds
Matthew Phillip is the Trinidadian-Irish heritage Executive Director of the Notting Hill Carnival. From London, England, Matthew has had a life-long involvement with Carnival, from attending as a child to playing pan in Steel Bands, and working on various NHC boards and projects.
22/06/2020 • 22 minutes 32 seconds
Dr. Vanley Burke
Dr. Vanley Burke was born near St Thomas in Jamaica. He joined his parents in Birmingham, England aged 14 and began documenting local Caribbean communities through his photography. The 'Godfather of Black British Photography' is also an archivist, with a vast collection housed at the Library of Birmingham and his own flat. http://www.vanley.co.uk
22/06/2020 • 53 minutes 19 seconds
Blacker Dread was a member of the legendary Coxsone soundsystem, as well as being a music producer, record shop owner and co-founder of Splash. This exclusive interview was recorded in Brixton, South London following Blacker's release from prison, where he hosted National Prison Radio's weekly reggae show, Bob and Beyond.
22/06/2020 • 41 minutes 6 seconds
Mr. Wright was born in St Catherine, Jamaica to presenter DJ Flight's grandmother, Muriel Martin, who left of the the UK in the late 1950s to work as an NHS nurse. He was brought up by his grandmother for nine years before joining Muriel aged 14, in 1967. He has worked various jobs and has four wonderful children.
22/06/2020 • 1 hour 3 minutes 21 seconds
Brendon Batson OBE
Brendon Batson OBE was born in St George's, Grenada. He moved to Tilbury in England in 1962. A former footballer for Arsenal, Cambridge United and West Bromwich Albion, he was part of the pioneering trio nicknamed Three Degrees alongside Cyrille Regis and Laurie Cunningham. Brendon Batson is a trustee of the Professional Footballers Association, which is first joined in 1984. https://www.thepfa.com/news/2018/9/11/life-of-brendon-batson
22/06/2020 • 1 hour 6 minutes 54 seconds
Sister Ina Spence
Sister Ina Spence was born in Trelawny, Jamaica. She moved to Manchester, England in her late teens and worked as a nurse and senior midwife for over 40 years, delivering hundreds of babies. Sister Spence was recorded by Rachel Ross, one of the mothers she took wonderful care of, during her career.