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Anthony Joseph & friends - Windrush: A Celebration

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An artists imagining of the HMS Windrush coming in to dock in a contemporary UK city

70 years on from the HMT Empire Windrush’s arrival in Essex, British/Trinidadian poet, novelist and musician Anthony Joseph celebrates the seismic impact the Caribbean diaspora has had on UK culture.

An array of musicians and artists come together to celebrate the Windrush generation and the triumph of the Caribbean spirit through song and spoken word. A newly commissioned Windrush Suite, composed by Jason Yarde and is performed by Joseph alongside a pan-Caribbean ensemble made up of artists drawn from the jazz, roots and spoken word scenes here in the UK. Joining Joseph on the night will be feminist icon Calypso Rose, 'Calypso King' Mighty Sparrow, Network Riddim Band singer and poet Brother Resistance and contemporary dancehall artist, Brixton's GAIKA. Derek Richards (Black Top, Cage Street Memorial) provides visuals.

In this anniversary year, Joseph has put together a series of events focusing on the positive influence this group of people have had on British multiculturalism, with this concert acting as the centre piece.

The performance will begin promptly at the advertised start time of 7.30pm

Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes including interval

Timings are approximate and subject to change

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

Produced by the Barbican in association with EFG London Jazz Festival


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Watch: Anthony Joseph on Windrush, jazz and poetry


British/Trinidadian poet, novelist and musician Anthony Joseph chats to us about Windrush, and celebrates the seismic impact the Caribbean diaspora has had on UK culture.

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