Ujima Radio Tribute to Ras Bandele Selassie

31.3.1950 – 25.3.2024

Ujima Radio pays tribute to an outstanding community stalwart, spiritual leader, counsellor, exemplary family man and role model of deep commitment to RasTafari livity.

Ras Bandele Selassie was born in Blackwood, Clarendon, Jamaica on 31 st March 1950. He came to the UK in 1964 aged 14 and settled in Trowbridge with his parents and siblings until
he moved to Bristol in 1978.
Ras Bandele and his Empress Sis Morowa have been in union for just shy of 50 years, they have been blessed with 12 children, 29 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, all of which witnessed his impactful community work since his trod in the RasTafari movement from 1976.

To say Ras Bandele was deeply driven and unwavering in his faith and commitment to a life of service through Rastafari livity may be somewhat of an understatement. This is because the man affectionately known as Ras B had an open heart for all humanity regardless of race or faith and in this respect, provided counsel to many and rejected none. His wisdom and presence in the community was not just a gift to Bristolians as Ras Bandele had an international profile through his priestly duties at Fairfield House in Bath, the former
residence of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I. RasTafari Brethren and Sistren would come to Fairfield House from all parts of the UK on sacred RasTafari calendar days and Ras Bandele and the Trustees of Fairfield House would host members of the Ethiopian Royal family on many occasions.

Ras Bandele’s life of service includes providing faith spaces in Bristol since 1986, including his own home. During his affiliations with the 12 Tribes of Israel, the Nyahbinghi order and is own organisation Lion of Judah Prevail Unity, Ras B would minister at 77 Ashley Rd, St Nicholas Road and most recently at the RasTafari Cultural Centre 136 Grosvenor Rd, St Pauls, Bristol. Ras Bandele would lead the regular monthly, first Saturday Sabbatical Ises held at Fairfield House.
The upstairs of the RasTafari Cultural Centre (RCC) was initially gifted by existing tenants who ran the Marlon Thomas Campaign, eventually the RCC would occupy downstairs front of house which helped to transform the visibility and participation in the centre, up to this very day. After a very successful Save the Rastafari Cultural Centre Campaign as the premises was threatened with a sale on the open market, supporters of the RCC raised enough money to purchase the space in February 2024. We give thanks that Ras B was with
still with us to witness the fruits of his and other’s efforts.

Ras Bandele was a selfless man, a unifier, a wise man and inspiration to many of all ages, races and religions. This humble servant of the Most High will be missed by many but remembered by all. His legacy is in his family, his faith, his works and our memories of him –his humility, assertiveness, sense of humour and parable-like orations will continue to be quoted by many: ‘Watch and Pray’ which was also a signature wordsound Ras B would utter
as a radio presenter in former years.

Ujima Radio sends deepest condolences to his Queen, Sis Morowa and all the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings and wider family. Ras Bandele will be laid to rest on Monday 22nd April at the Malcolm X Centre,141 City Rd Bristol, 10.30 am.

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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 February 2024

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

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 Instagrams:

KRUSH @krushlanding 

iAM13E @iAM13E

TRU TRAYH @trutryah_1

JOASH @officialjoash

CHARLY OT @therealcharlyot

BLEEEKS @brizzzybleeks

KRAZY WORLD LIVE @krazywordlife

KALI MIST @kali_mist1978

YUNG UK @yungukofficial

SOLO JANE @officialsolojane

DIZ DICE @Dizdice

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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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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 ujimaoffice@gmail.com

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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Gloucester Road Christmas Street Party!

If you’re not out on Shop Local Gloucester Road early evening today (Thursday 7th), you’ll be missing out! Several of the shops – on Glos Rd Central and beyond – are staying open late for christmas shopping and there will be various promotions and events on.
So many fantastic, independent businesses, support and shop local! Catch the Moment Photo & Studio Bristol Moda Hairdressing Bristol Zero Barber The Phone Shop Yuri Bar Perfecto Coffee The Nail Shed and so many many more.
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Ujima Radio will be broadcasting live from the Bristol Beacon House Warming!

Ujima Radio are proud to announce we will be broadcasting live from the Bristol Beacon House Warming on Sat 2nd Dec!

After a huge transformation, Bristol Beacon are celebrating their reopening, with a huge FREE day-to-night party, created by Bristol, for Bristol and we will be there to capture it all!

Come and join Ujima Radio at The House Warming which will showcase the colourful spectrum of Bristol’s creative community. With over 60 acts, from grassroots groups to well-known faces, there’s something for everyone.

Every corner of Bristol Beacon will come alive with performances, to celebrate its rebirth with light, sound and of course, music.
Curious? Now is your chance to have a snoop around every room in the house:

Beacon Hall – the largest performance space will be buzzing all day with pop, jazz, funk, orchestral, mass singing and DJs with a few surprises thrown in too!

Lantern Hall – Space to dance with the stage set for Bristol’s alternative scene, local legends and community voices.

Cellars – Head underground into our new intimate Weston Stage, with a daytime youth takeover, and a night of emerging acts, grime, rap, pop and R&B.

Bridgehouse – Explore all five floors of the foyer space, with kids activities, poetry, dance, DJs and music of all genres around every corner.

Like all good housewarming parties, everyone is welcome: friends and neighbours, old and new.

The doors are open, so come along – dig out your sequins, grab your dancing shoes, we’d love to see you their for a massive Bristol party to remember.

Presented by Bristol Beacon.

Opening celebration event with performances across various stages and spaces at Bristol Beacon.

Make sure book your place and let Bristol Beacon know you’re coming! RSVP via their website, and you will be updated with the latest line-up announcements, stage times and everything you need to know about The Housewarming.

Book using this link:


Suitable for all ages.

#bristol #bristolunitedkingdom

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Ujima Radio Party! Come celebrate 15 years of Broadcasting!


Ujima Radio announce Celebration Party of 15 Years of Broadcasting! Come and join the Ujima family celebrate in style! Don’t miss out!
Come and join Ujima Radio’s 15th Birthday Party on Saturday 9th Dec 2023 8pm- 2am.
Taking place at – Bristol Beacon – The Lantern Room, Bristol BS1 5AR.
Starring live performances by:
Plus the Ujima Radio Showcase including:
Tickets £10 available from Bristol Beacon website:

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Film: Cables & Cameras Present PRU

Cables&Cameras, the innovative film event producers in Bristol, have partnered with Fully Focused Productions / MYM: Million Youth Media of London to screen their new BBC Three TV Series PRU, a fresh new comedy-drama about a group of teens struggling to navigate adolescence in a school for excluded children.
Including a panel discussion with Director Teddy Nygh, members of the cast and crew, and co-founder of Fully Focused Productions, Nick Bedu.
Hosted by Junior Saunders.
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Mid Summer Reggae Festival Featuring Black Roots on Saturday 2nd July

We are really excited to announce that Dub Legacy: in association with Ujima Radio present The Mid Summer Reggae Festival featuring the UK’s legendary Reggae Band Black Roots LIVE ON STAGE on Trinity Centre on Saturday 2nd July!
Come and join Ujima, Rawmaster Powa Powerjam, Sugar Dread.
Doors open: 10:00pm
Doors close: 5:00am
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