The legendary pioneer of Garage music, DJ Disciple comes to Bristol!

Roasted presents DJ Disciple (NYC) with residents. Deli-G and Ben Daley The Love Inn, Bristol on Sat 22nd July!

This week’s featured guest on The Word with Miranda is none other than the legendary DJ Disciple from New York ahead of his gig in Bristol at The Love Inn on Sat 22nd July. DJ Disciple is a DJ and house music producer from Brooklyn, New York & was massively influential in the rise of UK garage music. Stateside, he was considered a cornerstone of New York City’s house music scene.

Celebrating the release of his book, ‘The Beat, The Scene, The Sound’

‘A DJ’s Journey through the Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of House Music in New York City.’

“The Beat, the Scene, the Sound” follows DJ Disciple and his behind-the-scenes account of how DJs, promoters, fans, and others from diverse communities transformed house music from a DIY project into an international sensation amidst the tumult of 1980s and 90s-era.

When house music first rose to prominence in the 1980s, it brought people together. But as DJ Disciple established himself in the scene, he witnessed it shatter. During the crack-cocaine epidemic, he literally dodged bullets bringing his records to and from clubs at night. The HIV/AIDS epidemic and homophobia threw up fear-based partitions. Then, mayors worked to close the clubs. House music was pushed underground and then abroad to the UK and Europe.

DJ Disciple is a Black artist, DJ, radio host, producer, and community advocate based in Brooklyn, New York. He has toured the world over a forty-year career. In 1987, he began working as a radio host. He gained a reputation for debuting music before its official release date. Among that music were the songs “Follow Me” (1992) by Aly-Us and “Beautiful People” (1994) by Barbara Tucker. His show was also unusual in that he played dance music by female DJs.

And this is just a taster of DJ Diciples incredible journey. Tune in this Friday between 4-6pm when he joins Miranda on The Word to find out more!

Roasted presents DJ Disciple (NYC) with residents. Deli-G and Ben Daley The Love Inn, Bristol on Sat 22nd July at The Love Inn, Stokes Croft, Bristol from 10pm to 4am.

@mirandarae007 @ujimaradio @djdisciplenyc Deli Gee @deligdj

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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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Disabled Allyship in the LGBTQ+ World Event – Thurs

Interactive panel event with spoken word Learn about intersectionality & allyship for disabled members of the LGBTQ+ community!

On Thursday 6th July come and join Interculture for this exciting opportunity to support / be part of Interculture: training and events PRIDE event: “Being Disabled and LGBTQ+” (looking at the intersectionality between disability and the LGBTQ+ community). LGBTQ+ advocacy has historically failed to incorporate disability as a core issue. Likewise, disability advocacy has failed to centre intersectionality with other groups at its core.
With this in mind, Interculture will be providing a safe space for panellists to share their lived experience of intersectionality between disability and being LGBTQ+.

Taking place in the heart of St Paul’s at the Kuumba Centre, Hepburn Rd, St Paul’s, BS2 8UD from 7pm to 9.30pm.Come along and join this lively interactive panel discussion, Q&A, and a spoken word performance.

Everyone is welcome!

Don’t miss out and book your place now on Eventbrite using this link:

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Bristol Rapper Jay0117 to take part in Mind Charity 2023 Tough Mudder!

Jay0017 announces he will take part in the 2023 Tough Mudder to raise vital funds for the mental health organisation Mind Charity!

Jay0017 & his Brother Harry are participating in the 2023 Tough Mudder in Bristol. He says the reason he has chosen to do this is to raise money for ‘Mind’, a Mental Health charity.  He says “Myself and people very close to me have been affected by Mental Health and I am doing this to show support. I have never done anything like this in my life and I can hardly run 5km, let alone do it while running through mud, water and electric shocks”.

The event is on August 12th. Please show support by donating what you can to an amazing cause. Suicide is the biggest killer among men under 50 & with your donations and backing you can help provide much needed support to 1000’s of people through the ‘Mind’ charity.

All donations welcome and all are very appreciated, head to the Crowdfunder using this link:


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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

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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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