About the Project

This exciting heritage media project designed by Community Project Manager Caroline Oldland for Ujima Radio and funded by Heritage Lottery Foundation (HLF) was created with Bristol young people to celebrate Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago’s fifty years of independence in 2012.  A group of between 15 -30 local young people aged 17-25 took part in the project, training in research, broadcasting, media and film making to celebrate this important historical milestone. The project launched with a screening of the Kevin Macdonald documentary “Marley” hosted by partners Watershed Cinema, Bristol. Following this the group started a journey of research led by Dr Edson Burton looking at archive materials from partners M -Shed and Bristol Records Office. The Dubplate to Dubstep youth team were trained in radio and film making skills by Ujima Radio, First Born Creatives and 8th Sense Media , and conducted a series of interviews with local music artists, cultural pioneers and community members .They have produced a series of three youth led radio shows broadcast on Ujima 98FM, a short film screened at Watershed (see our media pages) and this website resource. All explore the story of Caribbean culture and it’s undeniable rich influences in Bristol and Britain. In particular focussing on the journey of bass music from its  original Jamaican sound systems roots through the subsequent music genres leading to Dubstep of today.

 Team interview Troy Ellis at Ajax’s Blues Club

Our thanks to our project partners: M-shed, Bristol Records Office and Watershed. Special thanks go out to: DPDS youth team for your focus and commitment, our fabulous training team, Kevin Philemon, Roger Griffith (2morrow2day), Mike Jenkins (8th Sense Media) Rob Mitchell (Firstborn), Dr Edson Burton. Additional support DJ Styles and Maizee Mae. Mike Darby (Bristol Archive Records) for all his support, local knowledge and links, Mykaell Riley for the wealth of cultural knowledge and generous support, Oscar Rayner for inspired flyer designs and branding, Gavin Wilshen for superb website design, Roger Griffith for website historical research content, Sophie Reid for web text editing and photography sourcing, Adrian Boot (Urban Image TV) Peter Williams, Peter Townsend and Beezer for generosity in providing amazing artist photographs, Ujima office team and Dick North for support, Caroline Oldand for her vision and determination,Mike Burrows for edit support, Mike Jenkins for going beyond the call of duty every time.  Massive thank you to all the fantastic artists and community members we interviewed without whom this fantastic project and educational resource would not have been possible (see media page for full interviews).

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