SINGING WINDRUSH: CALYPSO IN BRITAIN
Episode Two: Sweet Jamaica
In the years that followed calypsonian Lord Kitchener’s triumphant ‘London is the Place For Me’ - sang as he disembarked from the Windrush in 1948 - darker sides to London life became apparent. Faced with racism and homesickness, Kitchener and others used their music both as a place to express themselves and tell people back home in the Caribbean about their lives. It was not all bad though; bringing people together with shared experiences of discrimination, migration and a passion for music, Kitchener’s calypso contributed to both new fusion sounds and reshaped identities.
Narrated by Michael Curtis Ruiz
Featuring Tobago Crusoe, John Cowley, Josh Guild, Kennetta Hammond Perry, Felix Luis Ruiz, Sharon Watson
Produced by Gwendolen von Einsiedel, Jake Thorold and Mike Joseph