Bristol artists come together to release ‘We Rise’

Inspired by the 60th anniversary of the Bristol Bus Boycott, artists from Bristol have come together to release ‘We Rise’ – a powerful track that aims to inspire a future built on the principles championed by those who took part in the original Bristol Bus Boycott in 1963.

The Boycott was a landmark protest against the Bristol Omnibus Company’s refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, leading to a significant victory in the UK civil rights movement and changing attitudes towards discrimination. The new track We Rise channels the resilience and hope of the civil rights trailblazers who transformed the nation, and is set to launch ahead of Windrush Day at Bristol Beacon as part of Windrush To Bristol, a programme celebrating the rich cultural legacy of the Windrush generation in Bristol.

Commissioned by Bristol Beacon and Curiosity UnLtd, the project was delivered by Aspiration Creation Elevation CIC (ACE), based at Docklands Community Centre in St Pauls – the heart of the Bus Boycott movement. ACE brought together talented young artists Elarbe, Dreamz, Jayemm, and Cstar to collaborate with seasoned music mentors Andre Currie, Javeon, Tanya Lacey, and Liam Callaway. The result is an empowering track that reflects on past struggles whilst rejoicing in the progress made.

As part of the track’s creation, the artists involved in the ‘We Rise’ track visited Parliament alongside individuals that took part in the original boycott, attending a reception hosted by Bristol West MP and Shadow Culture Secretary Thangam Debbonaire. This visit highlighted the historical significance of the boycott, which paved the way for the Race Relations Act of 1965

Photo credit: Cameron Medford-Hawkins

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Windrush To Bristol: events programme to honour ongoing legacy as well as  Bristol Bus Boycott Pioneers at Bristol Beacon

Bristol Beacon to host an event series commemorating the extraordinary stories and contributions of individuals from the Windrush generation this June

Honouring the history of the Windrush generation, Bristol Beacon is hosting a programme of performance, exhibitions and events from Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 June 2024 to continue the legacy in Bristol today. Across the three days in the run up to Windrush Day on Saturday 22 June, Windrush To Bristol will showcase the incredible impact of Black Caribbean people on Bristol, the UK and the world.

Through the event series, Windrush To Bristol invites us to champion a more equitable city for people of all colours, cultures and class. Bristol can expect to discover the history of Windrush, dive into the music of Black Caribbean artists of Bristol and beyond, and be inspired by a more equitable vision for the future.

Windrush The Journey, a concert and exhibition by Pegasus Opera Company, will take place across each of the three days in Bristol Beacon’s Lantern Hall.  For more than 30 years, Pegasus Opera Company has fearlessly paved the way for diverse talent in opera, and through Windrush The Journey, they will showcase a rich tapestry of music and storytelling whilst celebrating Black classical composers of the past, present and future.

Bringing the music of Chevalier de Saint Georges, Richard Thompson and Des Oliver to the fore, with words for the opera by Bristolian Edson Burton, the performance will honour the legacy of the Windrush generation with an outstanding fusion of classical music, jazz and blues. A fascinating, immersive exhibition showcasing the work of Black British composers, photographs and local Windrush testimony, will be showcased throughout the week.

Another brand new exhibition will collate Bristol people’s reflections and ideas around race, representation and resilience, with a vision to forge them into a manifesto to achieve racial equality for the city. From Thursday 20 June Race Cards: A Blueprint 4 Change will be on display, curated in partnership with CuriosityUnLtd, and inspired by the activism of the Bristol Bus Boycott and inspirational vision of Martin Luther King’s Dream.

CuriosityUnLld launched #Race4Power in January 2023 at the people’s plinth. Touring Bristol with a giant card of MartinLuther King, this grassroots research project sought people’s answers to questions around race, representation and resilience. The exhibition, curated by Julz Davis, will display 500+ responses and is designed to spark a set of challenging conversations to inform the co-creation of a new grassroots-led manifesto on racial equality for the city. A new music track and anthem for change, ‘We Rise’, created by four young Bristol music artists will sit at the heart of the exhibition.


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MATURE Fridays launches on Friday 31st May

Next week a new over 30’s night launches on Friday 31st May.

MATURE Fridays takes place on the last Friday of each month @ The newly refurbished Harvey’s Lounge 12 Denmark St, BS1 5DQ. Doors 8pm-2am.

Featuring special guests from London Soul Radio Reggie Styles, from Southport Weekender Martin In Full Swing, alongside Ujima’s DJ Style & Bandyt.

Tickets on sale now from: & Pride Hair Beauty Salon 236 Stapleton Ed, Easton BS5 0NT.

Please note: Admission will be more on the door, and priority will be given to ticket holders on the night. Early arrival is advised.

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Code of the Streets Spring Bank Holiday party at Rumors Lounge & Bar

The wait is finally over, as we get ready to welcome the return for one of Bristol’s & the UK’s longest running nights. Code of Streets is back with its first event of 2024, in time for Early Spring Bank Holiday.

A formidable line up has been assembled for this occasion, which has been a trademark of Code of the Streets for over the last 18 years.

Join us Saturday 4th May @ the elegant Rumors Lounge & Bar 87 Regent, Kingswood Bristol BS15 8LJ. Doors open from 9pm until 3:30am.

Get ready for another momentous night with 100% entertainment from London’s finest Invasion Crew Feat. M.J & Toddler. Plus DJ Juicy from Gloucester, resident Ujima Radio presenters DJ Style & Sim Citi. Hosted by General D & Bandyt.

Tickets on sale now from Pride Hair Beauty Salon, 236 Stapleton Rd Easton BS5 0NT- Rumours Lounge & Bar & online from

Remember Admission on the door will be much more, so get your tickets NOW.

YOU KNOW we got your musical needs covered on the night, from RnB, Dancehall, to Old School, Classics, Afrobeats & Hip Hop. Expect to be dancing from the moment you enter to the time you’re ready to leave.

This event is part of DIASPORA! – a new arts festival for Bristol and the South West, celebrating cultural diversity taking place from 3rd to the – 6th May.

For press media contact email Tel: 07866417114

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Hip Hop @ 50 UK Tour

As Hip Hop continues through its 50th year, a ground-breaking celebration is set to kick off across cities, inviting enthusiasts of all ages to immerse themselves in the vibrant world of Hip Hop culture. This Sunday 21st April the tour stops off in Bristol!

@ The Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0NW – Doors 1pm – 11pm.

Come and join a full day of fusion of art, music, dance, and dialogue. There will be panel discussion workshops, celebrating Hip Hop, contributions by former DMC World Champion Cutmaster Swift, DJ Lynx, Funky DL, Carasel, Kelz, DJ Style plus many more.

Rounding off the day with the official after party feat: Blak Twang, Relly, Mysdiggi, DJ 279 + guest.

Book tickets on Headfirst Bristol here:

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Ujima Radio Broadcasting Live from Glen’s Café in St Paul’s Learning Centre – Thursday 22nd February – 10am and 2pm

Ujima Radio is coming to you!

We’ll be broadcasting our specially extended final Let’s Talk About Blood and Organ Donation show live from Glen’s between 10am until 1pm. And we’ll be musically entertained by Faada Soljie for an hour between 1pm and 2pm.

Come and join Anndeloris Chacon from Bristol Black Carers, Miss Divine, Coord the Seeker and guests in conversation around the issues raised when discussing Blood and Organ transplants within our Black communities.

This Thursday 22nd February between 10am to 2pm come and join Ujima Radio Live in the community at Glen’s Café in St Paul’s Learning Centre or listen Live on 98FM, online, on DAB or listen to each episode displayed under the Show page for Let’s Talk About Blood and Organ Donation

See you there!

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Ujima Powerplays January 2023

Check out Ujima Radio’s Powerplays for January 2023!

Are you an artist based in Bristol or the Southwest?  Would you like to have your music selected to play on Ujima Radio?

Every month Ujima Radio selects 10 of the very best tracks released in Bristol & Southwest which then get featured twice an hour across our Primetime Shows including The Rise Up Breakfast Show Mon-Friday 8-10am and The Cruising Show Mon-Friday 4-6pm and the Urban Grooves Playouts.

If you are an artist based in the Southwest you could have your track featured. All you have to do is send your track on MP3 making sure lyrics are clean and conscious, include a headshot of yourself, your social media tags and if you are successful we will let  you know.


Put in the Subject bar “Powerplays“.

Good luck and keep listening to hear if your track gets selected!



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Sound Women SW present Women on The Airwaves with Anna Williamson

Don’t delay & book your place now for this incredible opportunity to meet Channel 4’s hugely successful TV presenter, podcaster & dating expert Anna Williamson. Join Sound Women South West Network on Zoom from 9-10.30am on Monday 11th July.

Anna Williamson joins Sound Women South West Network in this exciting and innovative online workshop! Anna – TV Presenter/Podcaster and so much more will be taking part in the 6th in these series of Women on The Airwaves online events.
Anna is an experienced TV and radio broadcaster, podcaster, No1 best selling author, counsellor, life coach and Master NLP practitioner. Anna uses this diverse skillset as the dating expert on Celebs Go Dating (E4), and will be sharing her tips for rebranding & how she has paved her way to success!
Have you thought about a career in radio or podcasting but just don’t know where to start? Then join Sound Women SW for this series of online events. In this series we hear from leading women in radio & podcasting, and find out how they paved their way to success and so far we have been joined by Annie Nightingale, Clara Amfo, SARAH STORY and Livvy and Chrissie In this event we will be giving you a chance to put your interview skills to the test and ask your questions.
When you register make sure you email your question/s that you would like to ask Anna & we will choose the best ones & you can ask your question direct to Anna at the event.
We have 1 hour with Anna to find out how she became one of the world’s leading women in media in the UK!
Sound Women SW are an organisation that aim to address gender & race inequality in the audio industries. We provide training, networking & support for women of all ages. In the last 3yrs we have taught over 1000 women & girls. We provide group and 1:1 training in all areas of radio and podcasting.
For more information email:
This event is supported by
Sound Vision – Empowering Voices Less Heard

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