NATIONAL WINDRUSH DAY 2019
— 21 Jun 2019, 10:19 by Renée Alleyne
Saturday 22nd June marks the annual Windrush Day, an opportunity to celebrate and
commemorate the migration of Caribbean citizens to the UK.
The MV Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in June 1948 carrying 492 passengers from the region. This would mark the beginning of the mass immigration movement to the UK,
resulting in an estimated 172,000 West Indian born people living in the UK by 1961.
The impact of the Caribbean experience in the UK cannot be underestimated, and Boxpark have teamed up with Caribbean culture specialist BrukOut for two specially curated nights in
their Wembley and Croydon branches.
Celebrating the rich heritage that previous generations have brought to these shores, the Wembley line up showcases “Music From Then To Now” - a musical journey from Ska through to Calypso, Rocksteady, Soul, Funk, Reggae and Dancehall.
Utilising the first-hand knowledge and skills from some of the leading DJ’s in their genres including Calypso and Soca king Smokey Joe, Funk from one of the cornerstone sound
systems, Rapattack, Rock Steady king Chris Peckings, RnB from one of London’s leading DJ’s, D’Nyce, Ska specialist Rudy Ranx and Dancehall dons SilverStar. With illustrated performances from lauded Calypsonian Alexander D Great, Reggae singer Aleighcia Scott and northwest London’s newest dancehall sensation Big Zeeks, this promises to be a
celebration of the highest order!
Programme curator Seani B said, ”We are really proud of these line ups, and we feel that this represents a large part of the musical experience of Black Britain from the docking of the Windrush to the modern day. Many of these DJ’s and performers have contributed immeasurably to the fabric of this country, and we are proud to be celebrating alongside
Alexander D Great
Join us to celebrate the contributions and legacy of the Caribbean community that has helped to shape this nation on the first ever National Windrush Day!
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More information on the Windrush generation can be found at https://www.windrushday.org.uk/