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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Ujima radio is very sad to announce the sudden passing of our beloved presenter Ras Asher!

Asher gave 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. He was a soldier, activist, avid photographer and you can find below a series of photo’s that he took at the iconic BLM Protest on Sun 7th June 2020 when the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was torn down and thrown into the river, Asher was there to capture it all. There are some other photo’s we have found in our arhives and if you have any photo’s you would like us to add and share please feel free to email to: manager@ujimaradio.com and include a caption explaining the photo.

Our thoughts are with his children, family, and all those who share our sense of loss.

Asher was with Ujima since its conception and was the very DNA of what Ujima was about. He was doing 3 shows a week and touched so many people’s lives. He was without doubt the most gentle, kind and humblest soul we have ever had the privilege of meeting. Asher will leave a massive, gaping casym in all of our lives.

There have been several tribute shows including:

Code of The Streets Tribute to Ras Asher with by DJ Style on Sat 11th November 8-11pm with calls coming in from so many of his friends and family you can listen to the entire 3 hour show using this link:


Another tribute show:

Conversations! with Lynn Mareno on Sunday 12th Nov – Listen Again link:


DJ Propa Soul Tribute Show Sun 12th November 10pm to Midnight.

Further details on how we as a station will honour him will be announced in due course.

May he be received well on his journey to the next Realm. Asé. 🙏



Photos & a video by Asher from the iconic Black Lives Matter Protest that took place on Sunday 20th June 2020 when the statue of slave trader, Edward Colston was torn down and thrown into the river:

Photo’s of Asher from Ujima archives:



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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 Powerplays December 2023

Congratulations to this months successsful submissions for December Powerplays! Support and follow them online, their socials at end of page.

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!

Artists Instagrams:

@uri.green @yam_bananarecords @yam_bananastudio
@hzlb_official @phonoltd @Thealovexx @sidechainbob & @2flystudios


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We invite you to contribute to ensuring that the legacy of Michael ‘Asher’ Thaxter is never ending and befitting of his beautiful spirit.

Following the sudden loss of our veteran and very valued presenter Asher (Michael) Thaxter, all of us at Ujima Radio would like to extend our deepest condolences to Asher’s friends and family.

His shows were greatly enjoyed by all the Bristol community and those that listened further afield. Asher played an important role in the radio station for the last 15 years, as well as training radio skills to new presenters. We are all still reeling from his sudden departure and continue to carry out a range of tributes on air, social media and in person. Ujima Radio broadcast a programme in tribute to Asher on 11th November.This show can be listed back from this link: Ujima Radio – Code of the Streets – DJ Style at Ujima Radio (https://shorturl.at/nzHLS)

One of the things that we would also like to support is to ensure that our beloved Brother receives the best celebration of his life in ways that would be pleasing to him and his loved ones.

Many of us know his tastes in music, his lifestyle, sense of humour, his values and the greatly humble character that he was, and we sorely miss.

With the funds raised we wish to support the family financially with the funeral and associated costs.

So, with the blessing of his family, we would like to contribute to honouring this remarkable person with a collection and we invite you to contribute to ensuring that the legacy of Asher is never ending and befitting of his beautiful spirit.

Please support by contributing whatever you’re able to give.

Thank you




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Ujima Radio Party Sat 9th December 2023!

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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MATURE presents The All White Party – Boxing Day @ Rumours Lounge & Bar Kingswood!

MATURE Events invite you to celebrate the festive season @ The Winter All White Party on Boxing Night Tue 26th Dec @ Rumours Lounge & Bar Kingswood.

This annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the Holiday Season, with friends, family & long lost acquaintances, dancing, drinking and listening to some of your favourite music.

Music from Ujima’s very own Deli-G, DJ Style, Bandyt and many more.

Tickets available from:

Admission on the door will be more, priority will be given to ticket holders on the night. Free Caribbean Buffet available on arrival between 8-9pm, on a first come serve basis, food on sale on night from Supreme Kitchen

During the night we will be hosting a raffle draw, with all the proceeds from the ticket sales going towards O.S.C.A.R (Organisation for Sickle Cell Anaemia Research) Bristol, which is a voluntary organisation and registered charity. Its primary role is to improve the quality of health and well-being for individuals and families living with Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia.

#boxingnight #soul #reggae #raregrooves
#rnb #oldschool #bristol #festiveholidays


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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

Facebook Event page:
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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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Race Equality North Somerset aka RENS send tribute to Asher!

Thank you to you and your colleagues for honouring Asher’s memory by your programmes and the tributes being broadcast.

In addition to his well-known work in Bristol and with Ujima Radio, Asher was a much loved and respected soul in Weston-super-Mare, where he lived.

He became a member of Race Equality North Somerset and supported us with our promotion of Black History Month North Somerset events. He was also a founding member of Ago Ame, the local social group for the local African and Caribbean community.

Asher was always excited about being with people that acknowledged and celebrated Black culture which is why he supported Ujima Radio and loved being in Bristol and going down to London when he could. He was always helpful and introduced people he knew from groups such Ujima Radio, the Rastafarian community and others.

He was also a very keen and enthusiastic photographer and would wake up early to be able to take pictures at dawn, whether of the sky, the countryside or of the sea. He loved being near the sea. He also loved being able to cycle and his bike was his pride and joy. He enjoyed cycling on his own, but sometimes with friends, touring the local countryside around Weston-super-Mare. It was with his bike that, rain or shine, he would travel from Weston up to Bristol to do his show, returning late at night, energised from the adrenalin of his show and the people he had met.

He was so helpful and supportive to so many people, and we were looking forward to him DJ-ing for our closing Black History Month North Somerset event on 31st October. Unfortunately he was too unwell to attend. Later, two of his many friends – Yvonne and Patrick – went to his home and found that he had passed away. As one can imagine, this was a terrible shock to us all – as we knew it would be for everyone who knew him.

Our thanks to Yvonne, a close friend of Asher’s, as well as a Trustee of Race Equality North Somerset, for contacting his family, Ujima Radio and other groups, which is such a painful and difficult thing to have to do.

We would like to take this opportunity to formally express our condolences to his family and we wish to sympathise with his many close friends and colleagues as well as all who knew him or listened to his shows.

Thank you again to all at Ujima Radio for acknowledging and honouring this talented but humble gentleman who made such a positive impact in his inimitable way.

May He Rest In Power and Rest In Peace.

Audio version of Tribute from RENS:

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