Boxpark Croydon99 George Street, Croydon, CR0 1LD
samedi 22 juin de 17:00 à 0:00
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 in 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.
Soca, Reggae and Dancehall are the order of the day in Croydon, with local DJ Vincent
Kelly kicking things off with classic calypso and soca ahead of a journey through the sounds
of Jamaica from the likes of Goldfinger, Robbo Ranx, Ras Kwame and Seani B. Look out
for a special performance from acclaimed vocalist Christopher Ellis, son of Rock Steady
legend Alton Ellis.
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
DJ Vincent Kelly