Project Zulu choir to return to the UK: See them perform live on Friday 9th June!

Project Zulu Choir visit Ujima Radio!

On Friday 2nd June Ujima Radio welcomed the entire force of Project Zulu to the station. After a day of busking and raising vital funds the Project Zulu Choir of 20 school children aged between 8-11 years old came to Ujima Radio and performed live on The Word with Miranda! The Ujima Family were moved to tears by this group of inspirational children and adults who after a long day busking in Broadmead found the energy to come and perform live on the airwaves.  If you missed this incredible performance then catch up on our Listen Again service here:

Or even better book your tickets NOW and see them perform live at Clifton College Chapel Friday 9th June, book here.

After a five-year hiatus, the incredibly talented and inspirational Project Zulu children’s choir from the Madadeni Township in South Africa is set to return to the UK in May for a three-week tour.

The 20 schoolchildren, aged from eight to 15-years-old, will be entertaining audiences across Bristol, Bath and the South West, from 20 May until 11 June.  They will perform a range of traditional Zulu songs and dances, including gospel songs and gumboot dances in full Zulu attire.

This will be the first time the nine boys and 11 girls have travelled abroad and they, along with four accompanying adults, will be staying with local host families in Bristol for the duration of the tour.

Money raised during the trip will be split equally between the two schools – Mntimande Primary and Jobstown Primary – and used to build new classrooms to reduce overcrowding.

Sinaye Phakathi, choir member from Jobstown Primary School, said: “I enjoy singing in the choir because it makes me feel comfortable and it gives me hope. My favourite song is ‘Ngiyakuthanda Jesu’ (I love you Jesus). I’m excited to meet my family in Bristol in the UK.”

Ndomiso Zungu works at Mntimande Primary School and says: “I am a music teacher and I am also a choir conductor for Project Zulu Choir. The choir are so, so excited, you can even see that in our rehearsals. They want to go and showcase their talents. They want to go and sing, they want to go and show people there how do we sing, how do we dance. They want to show them our music.”

The choir tour is part of Project Zulu, a UWE Bristol initiative which has been working in partnership with South African township schools to support the delivery of educational development projects since 2012, with the most recent volunteering visit by students and staff taking place in February 2023.

The first Project Zulu choir tour took place in 2013 and continued biennially until it was halted by the pandemic. Now, with a mixture of ticketed and free events including busking which is sure to stop shoppers in their tracks, the children hope to wow audiences with their infectious love of music once again.

Ben Knight, Project Zulu founder and Senior Lecturer at UWE Bristol, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming back the Project Zulu choir to the UK for the fifth time. The 2023 choir tour will have a big focus in and around the South West to ensure all our local supporters have the chance to celebrate their return, 10 years on from the first tour, and attend their outstanding performances.

“There’s no doubt the choir’s extraordinary musical talent will draw in the crowds, but the tour’s success is also vital to the ongoing development of the children’s schools and their education. Both schools currently have in excess of 60+ pupils per classroom making effective learning a challenge.”

In addition to the concerts, the choir will visit eight schools in and around Bristol during the tour, offering cultural exchange opportunities and musical workshops. These schools are all fundraising to support the choir; the money raised by the Bristol school pupils will go directly back to schools in South Africa to help build their classrooms. This is a unique opportunity for these schoolchildren to meet the beneficiaries they are fundraising for.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to see this group of talented young people perform, but it’s also part of a much wider initiative which brings so many benefits to the children and schools in South Africa, as well as Bristol schoolchildren, our students and staff,” added Naomi Steeds, Project Zulu Coordinator.

“Please do give the Project Zulu choir a warm welcome to the South West and get your tickets booked before they sell out.”

To purchase tickets and to view the full list of dates, visit the Project Zulu website.

Highlights include:


Busking day, central Bristol (public spaces) all day. FREE EVENT (location and times to be announced)

Friday 9th June: Finale concert – Clifton College Chapel, 7pm (Ticketed)

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Ujima Powerplays June 2023

Check Ujima Radio’s Powerplays for June 2023!

Congratulations to this months successsful submissions for June Powerplays!

In no particular order this months 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 8-10am 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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1Relation Sound System are back & with their 1st day Party at Lost Horizon!

1Relation Sound System are hosting their first DAY PARTY at Lost Horizon Sunday 28th between 2-9pm!

1Relation string up their sound system for a day of uplifting music and basslines…

Outdoor daytime dub outing with Bristol’s fresh next generation soundsystem, 1Relation. 1Relation’s dedicated crew includes Wilfy (Peng Sound) and Jonny Fisha (Steppas Records) plus Ujima Radio’s very own  Sista Ina gracing the mic for soulful roots & rocksteady + dubplates in the sun.

You are invited to come & enjoy the sweet sounds of 1Relation Sound System in the Lost Horizon courtyard on Sunday the 28th of May, day party!

1Relation (pronounced One Relation) are one of the freshest dub sound systems coming out of Bristol having launched in November 2022 at Bristol Dub Club they then hosted a second successful night back in February alongside Anonymous Dub Sound. For this their third outing with the soundsystem the crew will be showcasing an authentic selection of roots, rocksteady, dub and steppas as well as their own studio productions, with Wilfy Rootikal & Jonny Fisha (KFS) at the controls & the beautiful voice of MC Sista Ina singing above the riddims, expect to be delighted in the sunshine.

We are so proud to see this new generation of Sound System featuring our very own and amazing Sista Ina aka Rosina whose journey at Ujima started with the trailblazing and pionneering Black & Green Project as was one of the Black & Green amabassadors for 2022-2023. Sista Ina now hosts the regular Black & Green Futures Show with her cohort Miss Divine, Thursdays 10am to 12pm.

Come & enjoy your Sunday with some of the realest vibes the city has to offer.


£5 tickets on Headfirst Bristol. £7 on the door.

Book now using this link:


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Cables & Cameras Present: Inspired 23 at Watershed, Bristol on Sat 3rd June!

Inispired Film Festival is back for 2023 curated by Cables & Cameras!

This year’s Inspired Takeover by Cables & Cameras at Watershed is an action-packed one-day event on Sat 3rd June with screenings, talks and previews to celebrate homegrown filmmakers of colour from across the country.

Featuring contributions from rising stars of the indie film scene the Williams brothers AKA Mandem collective, and Dominique Unsworth from Resource Productions, plus a special preview of new feature film Chevalier – which opens at Watershed on Fri 9 June, a biographical drama about 18th century French-Caribbean musical prodigy Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker trying to find your path into the industry, an established creative interested in finding ways to develop your practice, or are interested in discovering films by some of the most exciting creative talent out there, there’s something for everyone.

Gary Thompson, Cables & Cameras Founder and Producer says:

“I set up Cables & Cameras to inspire the next generation of filmmakers of colour and I’m looking forward to this latest Inspired takeover day at Watershed which brings together screenings, discussions, and networking opportunities for emerging creatives in the Southwest.
So don’t miss out – take this opportunity to get involved.“

Watershed will be offering more affordable tickets for those with low incomes by implementing a ‘pay-what-you-can’ format for the daytime events at Inspired.

Book your tickets on the Watershed website.

@cablescameras @w_shed @mandemcollective

#bristol #filmmaking #filmmaker #ujimaradio #inspiredfilmfestival

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ACID JAZZ announce Exhibition in Bristol at Lost Horizon this week!

Accomplished record label Acid Jazz & Other Illicit Grooves celebrate 35 magnificent years of trailblazing music with a series of residencies touring locations across the UK where Acid Jazz was arguably the strongest influence in Birmingham, Leeds, London, Bristol and Luton.

The Exhibition starts Weds 10th May and runs until Sat 13th May with doors open 10am to 6pm and then the evenings come alive with music, Q&A’s and of course Omar on Thursday!

The Music, Arts, Dance & Culture Exhibition will host exclusive Q&As with Acid Jazz stalwarts of the scene, Eddie Piller (Acid Jazz Records/DJ), Dean Rudland (Acid Jazz Records/DJ), Omar (Singer), Snowboy (DJ), John Stapleton (DJ), Perry Louis (Jazzcotech dancer and DJ), Adam Regan (DJ), The Dig Family (DJs and promoters), Adrian Gibson (AGMP), with live performances plus many more guest artists, DJs and dancers TBA.

Expect to see exciting never been seen rare video footage, magazine and radio interviews & features, iconic photography, posters and flyers, record label artworks of the music and musicians from the dance floor archives.

The ground breaking movement unleashed its manifesto of alternative sounds; funk, street-soul, latin, hip hop with jazz, reggae & jazz poetry, disco & acid house in London club land, hosting packed out parties at the notorious Wag in Soho, Dingwalls in Camden and Blue Note in Hoxton, achieving commercial recognition with early signings that became international stars; Jamiroquai, The Brand New Heavies, James Taylor Quartet, Galliano and cult artists such as; Mother Earth, Corduroy, Chris Bands, The Night Trains, The Last Poets, A Man Called Adam, Snowboy & The Latin Section.. All originally performed at the underground venues and warehouse spaces.

Acid Jazz & Other Illicit Grooves Exhibition encapsulates the musical abundance, nostalgia and success of this pioneering label, spanning more than 3.5 decades, documenting the underground scenes to majestic independent status and standing the test of time.

Some fascinating ‘Acid Jazz’ based facts…..

  • Acid Jazz was coined in 1987 as a term by DJ Chris Bangs at an Acid House night.

  • Acid Jazz record started as a bedroom operation established by Eddie Piller and Gilles Peterson within 3 months of the first 45 release (Frederic Lies Stil by Galliano).

  • The label expanded rapidly and re-located to London’s East End in Hoxton Square also headquarters of The Blue Note, Touch Magazine, Straight No Chaser, DJ Bob Jones, Somethin’ Else Productions.

  • Acid Jazz and other Illicit Grooves Exhibition successful Launch Party took place at Leake Street, London on Thursday 25th November 2021 featuring Omar (live), Leah Weller (live), DJs Femi Fem (Young Disciples), Eddie Piller, Snowboy, Dean Rudland and lots of celebrities in attendance.

  • AGMP have a long & proud history promoting Acid Jazz & Soul Funk artists to date.

Book your tickets now on the Lost Horizon website:


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RIEP Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte, Actor, Writer & Activist has sadly passed away.

Born March 1, 1927 – sadly passed away April 25, 2023. He was an American singer, actor and activist, who popularised calypso music with international audiences in the 1950s. Belafonte is one of the few performers to have received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT), although he won the Oscar in a non-competitive category. He earned his career breakthrough with the album Calypso (1956), which was the first million-selling selling LP by a single artist.
Belafonte was best known for his recordings of “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)“, “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)“, “Jamaica Farewell“, and “Mary’s Boy Child“. He made his final screen appearance in Spike Lee‘s BlacKkKlansman (2018).
Belafonte considered the actor, singer, and activist Paul Robeson a mentor, and he was a close confidant of Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. He was a vocal critic of the policies of the George W. Bush and Donald Trump administrations. Belafonte acted as the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues.
Belafonte is said to have married politics and pop culture.

Robeson opposed not only racial prejudice in the United States but also western colonialism in Africa. Belafonte refused to perform in the American South from 1954 until 1961.


In 1960, Belafonte appeared in a campaign commercial for Democratic Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy.

Kennedy later named Belafonte cultural advisor to the Peace Corps. Belafonte supported Lyndon B. Johnson for the 1964 United States presidential election.

Belafonte, Castro & Hip Hop:

Belafonte was a longtime critic of U.S. foreign policy. He began making controversial political statements on the subject in the early 1980s. At various times, he made statements opposing the U.S. embargo on Cuba; praising Soviet peace initiatives; attacking the U.S. invasion of Grenada; praising the Abraham Lincoln Brigade; honouring Ethel and Julius Rosenberg; and praising Fidel Castro. Belafonte is also known for his visit to Cuba that helped ensure hip-hop‘s place in Cuban society. According to Geoffrey Baker’s article “Hip hop, Revolucion! Nationalizing Rap in Cuba”, in 1999, Belafonte met with representatives of the rap community immediately before meeting with Castro. This meeting resulted in Castro’s personal approval of, and hence the government’s involvement in, the incorporation of rap into his country’s culture.

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Laid Blak are Back!  DJ Bunjy returns to Ujima Radio this Weds 10th May at 10pm!

Check out DJ Bunjy from Laid Blak for this 2 hour back to back mix on Ujima Radio.

We are really proud to announce the return of Laid Blak’s DJ Bunjy! Starting this Wednesday 10th May at 10pm DJ Bunjy from Laid Blak will take you on a 2 hour journey into the sounds of Bristol and beyond in the this brand new show! This monthly show will be on the 1st Wednesday of every month, next show will be 10pm on Wednesday 7th June 2023!

Award Winning DJ & Producer
International Ambassador
Laid Blak – Sugar Shack
X-AMNT – Records

Tunes & Booking:

Laid Blak represent the quintessential Bristol music story, formed from their partnership of Bristol producer DJ Bunjy and MC Joe Peng, two legends of the rave and proto Jungle scenes, the pair spent the 90’s causing havoc on dance floors in the biggest raves around the country, performing for the era defining party.


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Tonight on Code of the Streets with DJ Style features special guest mix with DJ Milktray!

Tonight on the Old School Weekend Code of the Streets with DJ Style on Ujima Radio 98fm check out a special guest mix from DJ Milktray.

Tune into Code of the Streets with DJ Style tonight from 8-10pm.

1Xtra‘s DJ MILKTRAY is well respected amongst his musical peers, and his reputation in the entertainment industry has made him one of most sought after DJs.

His talent has seen him host parties for: Amber Rose, Tank, Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon and Idris Elba, also tour DJ’s for LOX, Pretty Ricky, Teedra Moses & Faith Evans.

Catch him @ Code of the Streets 6th May @ Rumors

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Hear Ziggy Marley Interview to Save Bob Marley Beach – Irie FM

Here is another chance to hear the amazing Ziggy Marley Interview featured on Rise Women with Lynn Mareno from Irie FM:

The Bob Marley Beach in Jamaica is a sacred  and global heritage site that is under threat of being privatised along with many other places in Jamaica.  Ziggy speaks out about the importance of this beach, what it means to him and what it meant to his father.  Spearheaded by Bristolian, Rubba aka Norman Stephenson from Afi Dance a campaign is under way to highlight the importance of saving this Beach which was one of the first Rastafarian HQ’s in the world.

To find out more about the campaign and how you can help read here:

Save Bob Marley Beach in Jamaica!!

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The OG of Jungle in Bristol with Full Live Band – Ray Keith!

The Renegade (live) ft Ray Keith on Sunday 30th April – Monday 1st May 2023! Playing Dread Anthems & Classics from the last 30 years!

One of the latest DJ’s to join the Ujima fam is Ray Keith you can listen to his exclusive mix on the last Saturday of every month at Midnight on Legends In The Mix on Ujima Radio!  We are proud to announce that you can come & join us watch this true innovator perform live, some of his most celebrated classics alongside his brand new band. Ray has pulled out all the stops so expect a whole bunch of surprises throughout the evening. Plus he will be going b2b Nicky Blackmarket.

This is a family affair not to miss! Band on stage at 20:30hrs!

Doors: 6PM
Renegade Live with 3 piece band ft. Ray Keith

Navigator & Juiceman

Sasha Steppa (DJ)
E-Lisa (DJ)

Afterparty 10PM (Free entry with gig ticket):

Ray Keith b2b Nicky Blackmarket

Music Genres:

Breaks, Drum n Bass, Jungle, Old Skool, Reggae

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