Boomtown donate float to Ujima Radio for Procession 2023!

Boomtown Festival aka Boomtown Fair helped the biggest African & Caribbean organisation in Bristol to take part in the biggest African & Caribbean Carnival outside of London!

This year we wanted to make sure we supported St Paul’s Carnival in style and at the same time celebrate 15 years of broadcasting and thanks to Boomtown we did just that!

The amazing team at Boomtown including Kirsty, Rose and Prue faciliated loaning us an float unlike anything seen at the Carnival before. Artist and Sculptor Jason was commissioned by Boomtown to design a one off Art Car consisting of an old taxi once left in the fields of Wales in a state of disrepair, mounted on top of a vintage armoured military vehicle with a banging Sound System built especially for the mamouth vehicle.  Paul from DJ Kit Bristol ensured a banging sound system blew the crowds away when the Ujima family DJ’s kicked off.  After a nerve racking start the procession began with the legendary Bristol Crew & Ujima DJ’s, the Dancehall Generals, DJ Mega, DJ Johnny Bling and Selecta Duck kicked  with the unique blend of tunes.

We were greeted by 10’s of 1000’s of smiling, cheering faces shouting for Ujima.  The Ujima Family turned in style with Wordlife’s Krazy and crew including Kraay and Rising Son, Sharon Angela, DJ Propa Soul, Rev P and Peacemakers patrol, Mary in The Mirror, Jenny Whisounds, Becky, Holly and Miss Divine from the Rise Up Breakfast Show, Jaya, Skylion, Ursula, TJ, Jason from The Cause Bristol (coming soon to Ujima Radio), Grace, Mike from ALT REV, Joan, Lisa from Interculture with performances by Lorna Da Angel and then the epitome of carnival sounds and the crowd went crazy when The Super Soca Show guys took over.  Atki2, Dub Boy and Jonesy Wales blew the lid off the day with the perfect mix of Soca vibes.  Even when the procession ended the party continued with 1000’s of people following on behind the float continued to party. Just when you think the day can’t get any better Jonesy Wales dropped a track that no one else on the Globe had, an incredibly exclusive Soca track by General Levy and the crowd went wild! Krazy and his crew including Rising Son ended the proceedings with killer performance from Rising Son. We have to say a huge thank you to Nick & Bruce who did a superb job stewarding and keeping everyone safe along with the Boomtown team! Incredible Drone footage by Valentin Saiz captured the vibes and some great content and videos from everyone.  We cannot begin to thank everyone that turned out to support Ujima you know who you are!

We must say a huge thank you to our sponsors on the day including Oowee, Boomtown, DJ Kit Bristol and the Peacemakers Patrol.  As well as thank you to Ashanti Empress for the amazing Bomber Jackets and Bristol Clothing Pushers for ‘Ujimafying’ them!

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Miranda Rae

Miranda Rae is a Producer and Presenter with over 25 years experience of working in radio and music industries including her own weekly show on BBC Radio 5 for which she won a Sony Award and many years on the infamous Galaxy Radio where Miranda played a pivotal role in the UK’s music scene. Miranda assists in overseeing, and helps to curate over 50 programmes a week. The role is multi-faceted and includes training, broadcasting, producing, programming, supporting emerging talent, social media, PR & publicity, event management and stage management, employing many technical skills including editing and using many different software as a user and a programmer.