Hurricane Beryl: Devastation – How you can help!

On July 1, Beryl made landfall on islands in the Caribeean, Carriacou, Petite Martinique & Greneda felt the full force as a high-end Category 4 hurricane, causing total devastation. Over 95% of all structures have been decimated. Ujima Radio spoke with John Ridley, reporter on Ujima Radio who has family on the islands and gave us the raw, harsh facts of what is really happening out there.  Help is urgently needed.  We will continue to keep you updated as one of Ujima’s reporters is on the way now to report back on what is really going on.  With infrastracture almost non existant and little or no elecricity, family and friends were left unable to contact them.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and residents of the islands.  But how can we help?  We recommend using official sites and can signpost you to the following official organisations.  Please do make sure to keep updated with what is needed.

In the wake of Hurricane Beryl, the beautiful nation stands at a critical juncture. The devastation left in its path has affected our homes, communities, and livelihoods. Yet, in this challenging time, we have an opportunity to come together and rebuild stronger than ever before.
They call upon all citizens to embrace the spirit of volunteerism. Your time, skills, and dedication can make a profound difference in the recovery process. Whether it’s clearing debris, assisting with rebuilding homes, providing support at shelters, or offering professional expertise, every effort counts.
Volunteerism not only aids in physical reconstruction but also fosters a sense of unity and resilience. Together, we can restore communities and demonstrate the indomitable spirit of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique.
Join in this vital endeavor. Let’s rebuild Grenada, hand in hand, and show the world strength and solidarity.

This is the contact for anyone in the Grenada region or here in the UK who would like to volunteer their services for the Hurricane Beryl relief effort:

National Democratic Congress of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique


Tel: +1 473-435-1817


This recent film from Carriacou includes an interview with owner Alison and footage from Paradise Beach club, where Bearnie and and John Ridley (Ujima fam) (Artuba) have played music on numerous occasions. But the video also contains a message of hope and renewal:


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Interculture’s transformative workshop, “Understanding ADHD in Diverse Communities!

Exciting Event Alert!

Dive into the world of ADHD and its impact on diverse communities with Interculture‘s transformative workshop, “Understanding ADHD in Diverse Communities.”


“Understanding ADHD in Diverse Communities.” Happening on Saturday, 20th July 2024, from 12:00 to 16:00 at The Pickle Factory, Easton, BS5 0HL, UK, this event promises to be enlightening and empowering.

✨ Why Attend?
– Gain deep insights into ADHD.
– Learn how it affects different communities.
– Engage with experts and like-minded individuals.
– Support a cause that matters.

💡 Tickets:
– General Admission: £11.55
– Pay it Forward/Corporate: £22.38

Don’t miss out! Grab your tickets now and be part of this important conversation: [Eventbrite](

See you there! 🌟

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Bristol Dub Club Soundsystem Extravaganza! Raising AWARENESS for the Justice for Marlon Thomas Campaign

Bristol Dub Club – All Day & Night & Night family friendly session!

A family friendly all day & night party held at Lost Horizon on Saturday 13th July. The event starts at 14:00 and finishes at 03:00 with last entry at 02:00. The event has been tagged in the dubreggaeroots reggae and rock steady categories.

After an incredible sell out event at Lost Horizon in January when Roots Injection met 1Relation, Bristol Dub Club is back with a 13 hour dub reggae soundsystem extravaganza in support of the ‘Justice For Marlon Thomas Campaign’ featuring 2 of Bristol’s finest sound systems as well as some brilliant guest artists from near and far.

Bristol’s veteran thunderweight sound Jah Lokko Sound System will be playing throughout the day out in the yard while 1Relation Sound System (next generation) will be stringing up in the hall to takeover at 10pm and carry it on through the night!
There’s gonna be some killer local singers & MC’s bouncing off each other and bringing the vibes across both segments of this dance, a contrast between the deep soulful, silky & sweet tones of Rudey Lee & Sista Ina and the more militant mic chanting style of stalwarts Victor & Snoopy. plus there’ll be guest selection from Anonymous Dub Sound as well as special guests Mighty Oak coming all the way down from Scotland to play a unique set for the people!For this edition of Bristol Dub Club we are also supporting an important cause by trying to raise awareness and donating any profits made to the Justice For Marlon Thomas Campaign.
For those who don’t know, Marlon Thomas, along with other young black people, were the victims of a brutal racist attack by thugs working at a fairground stationed on the Durdham Downs in Bristol in 1994.
The perpetrators of this heartless & racially aggravated assault set upon Marlon and others with baseball bats, hammers, pieces of wood, and whatever else they could get their hands on whilst shouting racial slurs.
Marlon was left fighting for his life with severe head injuries, and, although he survived after spending many weeks in hospital, he has been left with minimal quality of life ever since the attack, with his family bearing the weight of a lifetime of caring for him whilst also facing the never ending reminder of their loss & the injustice that took place that day.
Meanwhile the aggressors received lenient sentences and were eventually able to continue with their lives.
Rudey Lee who will be singing at this event is also Marlon’s brother and one of his primary carers, He is an excellent reggae artist in his own right having performed and recorded many tracks over the years, including projects with Dubkasm.We want to reflect on this racial injustice that took place in our city and show some love and solidarity to Marlon Thomas who had his potential so cruelly snatched away, as well as to Rudey Lee and the whole family who have had to live with this painful injustice for so many years.
To let them know that Bristol still cares and they are not alone while they continue to face the struggles and financial uncertainties whilst caring for Marlon.This one is for Marlon Thomas and his family,

This is going to be a memorable one people so come support the ting & enjoy yourself!

There will be food as well. ️

Unity in the community! ❤️

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The funeral service of our beloved friend & brother Michael Thaxter aka Asher

See below for the details of the funeral service of our beloved friend & brother Michael Thaxter aka Asher.
If anyone needs transportation to attend the burial in Worle.
Tel 07866-417-114 or email.

If you wish to send floral tributes for Asher’s funeral.

Please send to the address below by 9AM January 5th!!!


Tel. No: 01179510744

TIME: Arrive 11am to start at 11.30am till 1pm
BURIAL: Ebdon Road, Crematorium & Cemetery, Ebdon Road, North      Worle, BS22 9NY
TIME: 2pm.
WAKE: Malcolm X Community Centre 141 Ashley Rd, St Pauls, Bristol BS2 8YH.
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Ujima Powerplays January 2024!

Congratulations to this month’s successful submissions for the 1st Powerplays of  January 2024! Support and follow them online, their socials at the end of the page.

In no particular order, this month’s Powerplays are listed below:

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  8-10 am and The Cruising Show Mon-Friday 4-6 pm 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 the lyrics are clean and conscious, include a headshot of yourself, and 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!

Artists Instagram accounts




@tiannasounds   @gogetterrecordsuk   @frankie_allan_

@k_ners #JM



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Ujima Radio celebrates 50th Years of Hip Hop!

Ujima Radio wraps up the year celebrating 50 years of hip hop in a legendary stylee!





Featuring a selection of exclusive mixes, interviews and show  with a stellar line up of some of the UK & Bristol’s top DJ’s including:

Kosheens Markee Ledge

Code of the Streets DJ Style

DJ Cridge from Up Bustle & Out

Peter D Rose from Smith & Mighty & More Rockers

Kaptin Barrett & Tommy Popcorn

The Don’t Sleep Crew


Sim Citi

Plus exclusive mixes from

UD4’s The General

DJ Lynx

Deli G

Mr Green from LA

Plus on Monday 1st Jan 2024 from 3-6pm Ujima Radio in Collaboration with ifortysix aka DJ Krust, Gary Thompson from Cables & Cameras and Flynnites who  will be conversation with:

Felix FLX Braun

Ben Duboisson

And Sir Beans OBE


Artists instagrams:

@djstylebig    @codeofthestreets2004
@markeeledge @kosheenofficial @ruffnecktingrecords
@kaptinbarrett @tommypopcorn_

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Ujima’s newest DJ’s debut show on Christmas Day, join Malcolm Haynes aka Baby Malc from 2-4pm!

“Music is magic and it’s brought magic to most of my life!”

Sharing that magic with his debut show on Ujima Radio,  Malcolm Haynes aka Baby Malc provides the perfect soundtrack for Christmas Day between 2-4pm.

Ujima’s newest DJ has certainly earned his stripes.  Having travelled the world for work and pleasure, Malcolm has curated for some of the world’s most prestigious events, clubs and festivals for over 4 decades from Glastonbury to St Paul’s Carnival to Dismaland to name just a few and these all are reflected in Malcolm’s eclectic, beautiful and bountiful knowledge of music. Malcolm is now the landlord at Bristol’s iconic Star & Garter in Montpelier, Bristol.

Join Malcolm at 2pm on Christmas Day for a playlist that includes the beautiful vocals of Selah Sue the Belgian singer and songwriter to some of his all time favourite songs ever, including Fat Back Band to Japanese composer Jun Miyake.

Plus it wouldnt be Christmas without slipping in some classic festive classics from the likes of Diana Krall and Tony Bennett.

But enough spoilers, for the full and fabulous playlist make sure you tune in to Christmas Day 2-4pm for the debut show by Malcolm Haynes aka Baby Malc!

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Listen to Ujima Radio broadcast live from The House Warming at Bristol Beacon on Sat 2nd Dec 2023

Bristol Beacon has reopened its doors with a huge FREE Housewarming party, with gig goers exploring every part of the building and listening to a huge range of incredible music.
Ujima Radio broadcast live from this landmark and historical day which saw 15,000 people through the day and over 1000 performers!
Listen to Ujima Radio broadcast live from The House Warming at Bristol Beacon on Sat 2nd 2023:
Part 1:
A staggering 15,000 of you visited this sparkling and beautifully renovated venue on Saturday 2nd December 2023 for a 15-hour Housewarming party.
Bristol Beacon kicked off with an amazing opening ceremony and spent the day with you, the people of Bristol, celebrating with a massive sing song, kids’ junk percussion, dancers, authors, choirs, orchestras and 11 year old DJs.
Bristol Beacon team well and truly warmed their new home with your energy fuelling the music and good vibes.
Thank you for singing, dancing, performing and celebrating with us!
Photography by Soul Media

Thanks to Plaster | Strike Communications

Video – “The moment Doreen Doreen start a rave in Beacon Hall during The Housewarming, Sat 2 Dec”

Video by Colin Moody, courtesy of Bristol Beacon

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Asher Thaxter Tribute show hosted by DJ Style – Code of The Streets

On Saturday 11th November 2023 DJ Style dedicated his whole show in in tribute to our Brother Michael “Asher” Thaxter.

Listen back to Part 1 here:

Listen back to Part 2 here:

Asher was the very epitome of what Ujima stands for, “collective responisbility”.
Ujima Radio was honoured and privileged to be able to share your messages and tributes and the community came together to share their love for this incredible man.
We are all in a state of shock at the unexpected passing of our beloved presenter Ras Asher, who has given many years of service to the station. This sudden loss has left us devastated and in deep shock. Ras Asher was a true humble lion with a versatile music portfolio, from roots reggae to jazz and rare grooves.
Our thoughts are with his children, family, and all those who share our sense of loss.
Further details on how we as a station will continue to honour him will be announced in due course.
May he be received well on his journey to the next Realm. Asé


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Michael Asher Thaxter – Celebration of Life – Fri 15th December

Following the sad passing of our colleague & good friend Michael Thaxter aka Asher, @ujimaradio will be holding an evening to celebrate his life & contribution to the airwaves of Bristol.

We would like to welcome you all, as we pay tribute to this humble man, who was loved and respected throughout the community and beyond.

To mark what would of been Asher’s 60th Earth Strong, we will be assembling for an evening of music, food and reflection, on Friday 15th December @rumors.bristol & Pub, 87 Regent St, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8LJ.

Starting from 6pm and finishing at 11pm.

If you are able to provide car sharing for those who would wish to attend, please email

Anyone who would like to contribute towards Asher’s final send off, please visit Gofundme and search for Asher’s Tribute.

“Asher may no longer be with us, but his spirit and energy will remain with all of us who knew him”.

Thank you!





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