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Finding African Ancestors in the Caribbean

Windrush Foundation presents its first community event for 2013 on Saturday 16 February.  It will bring together people who are interested in finding relatives who lived between 1800 and 1900 in the Caribbean. This will be presented by leading African Caribbean genealogist Sharon Tomlin.

The presentation, Finding African Ancestors in the Caribbean is a major part of EMANCIPATION 1838 which marks, this year, the 175th anniversary of the liberation of nearly a million Africans in the Caribbean.

The project focuses on the socio-political, economic and legislative changes that preceded (and resulted in) the 1st August 1838 emancipation (including major ‘slave revolts’ and acts of resistance in Caribbean islands/nations such as Barbados [1816], Guyana (‘Demerara Rebellion’ [1823]) and Jamaica (Christmas Rebellion [1831-32], etc).

It explores the transitional systems of apprenticeship and indentureship that saw the arrival of Portuguese, Indian, Chinese and West African indentured labourers to replace the formerly enslaved islanders as a workforce in the aftermath of 1838, as well as the decades of political struggle and resistance against imperial rule that eventually led to decolonisation and to the process of independence.

The EMANCIPATION 1838 exhibition which opens on 1 August 2013 will be structured into a series of sub-themes, and will feature archival sources, maps, artefacts, news cuttings, documentary photographs, audio recordings of oral reminiscence sessions, film, and literature/poetics about (as well as from) this period of Caribbean history, from the early-19th century to the present day.

During 2013 there will be a series of community events, workshops, etc, include information of key 1820s abolitionists in the Caribbean and Britain, the British Parliamentary Debates of the 1830s, the social, economic and cultural situation in the Caribbean on and soon after Emancipation Day, the situation up to and after 1865 (including Paul Bogle’s leadership, the Morant Bay massacre and the debates about conditions in Jamaica, and the Caribbean as a whole.  At the time, contributors to the debates included John Bright, Charles Darwin, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Huxley, Thomas Hughes and Herbert Spencer (in support of the Caribbean Africans) and opposing them were individuals like Thomas Carlyle, Rev. Charles Kingsley, Charles Dickens, and John Ruskin.

The aims of EMANCIPATION 1838 are to
(a) develop and sustain interest in the diverse post-enslavement histories and lived experiences of African Caribbean people including a focus on their legacies for descendant communities in Britain;
(b) initiate an information dissemination programme and advocacy campaign to have the events of 1st August 1838 commemorated annually as a historically significant date in the UK’s national heritage calendar;
(c) elevate and promote the lived experiences of African Caribbean women during the 19th and 20th centuries to re-balance gendered and Eurocentric historical narratives.

The learning outcomes of EMANCIPATION 1838 include: Increasing our understanding of the roots of the African Caribbean family.  Developing a better appreciation of African spirituality, music, dance, poetry, story-telling/literature, carnival, mas(querade), food/cuisine, etc. Gaining a new understanding of the shared history and interdependencies of Britain and the Caribbean. Increasing our understanding of the role the islands and nations of the Caribbean region, and their diverse, diasporic communities, have played in the making of modern Britain.

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JOB: Faith, Slavery and Identity Programme Internship

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or who are currently contributing to British history and culture.  With more than 1.8 million visitors each year, the Gallery is one of the country’s most important and popular galleries.


Faith, Slavery and Identity Programme Internship

Fixed-term for 6 months, 24 hours per week

£6.08 per hour


To mark the importance of the Ayuba Suleiman Diallo loan to the National Portrait Gallery and opportunity for public access we are creating a programme of participation activity in London (October 2011-December 2011) and across the country with three regional partners. The Programme Intern will help document, evaluate and share the experience of programme, audience response and participation at the Gallery and work with colleagues to share the outcomes to inform the regional programme of activity. We are seeking to appoint an individual for whom this opportunity would provide an important starting point in building and developing skills and expertise in research, engagement and participation practice in the cultural sector.


As with all paid internship positions we encourage applications from recent graduates including those in receipt of Maintenance/Special Support Grant/Hardship Fund.


Full details of this and all other employment opportunities at the Gallery can be viewed at our website www.npg.org.uk/jobs or requested by e-mailing:personnel@npg.org.ukClosing date for applications is 9.00am on Monday, 31 October 2011.


The Gallery is committed to equality and is a member of the Employers’ Forum on Disability, Race for Opportunity and the Equality Exchange.

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Jobs – Community Project Officer – National Archives



Job Details:Community Project Officer
Ref1546X Department Education and Outreach Directorate Operations and ServicesBandBand ESpecialism
Closing Date Monday 7th November 2011 at midnight

Job Purpose
Based in the Education & Outreach Department but with some national travel, the post holder will build and maintain links with new communities, specifically from African and Caribbean communities. You will work with these communities to promote images from The National Archives’ CO 1069 collection, organise and run consultation forums capturing feedback about the series and assist in the delivery off site and online community events. The CO 1069/Caribbean series is a digitised collection of photographs and images spanning one hundred years from The National Archives’ Colonial Office series.

Reports to: Outreach & Inclusion Manager
Role and Responsibilities
* To build awareness and use of the CO 1069 Caribbean image series among Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. This will involve organising and running community consultation forums nationwide

*To consult widely with communities, gather comprehensive information from that process and present findings to the project board

*To encourage and support idea generation for community-led events and projects inspired by the CO 1069 collection. It is anticipated that these will be hosted both online and within community settings ·

*To work on your own initiative to help the communities deliver related events and projects to a high standard and within set budgets and timescales. ·

*To build a database of communities involved in the project, sustain links with them throughout the project duration and ensure a thorough handover when the project ends

*To explore innovative ways of promoting activities within communities, using social networking and other channels, ensuring ongoing data capture for post project evaluation and reporting. ·

*To familiarise yourself with the CO 1069 collection and with the general workings of The National Archives ·

*To provide an effective and proactive contact point for networking opportunities within wider education, museum and archive communities for the benefit of the project’s aims and objectives.

*To be mindful of intellectual property rights and copyright and ensure that suppliers’ and partners’ rights are protected during any community-led events and projects, demonstrating a comprehensive audit trail.

Person Specification

*A track record in working within an outreach or education role serving Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) communities and with very high standards of customer focus.

*Knowledge of some of the issues that affect community access to heritage. Commitment to making archival collections inclusive and accessible to new communities

*Excellent organisational and administrative skills as well as past experience of running community forums or events successfully

*The ability to work on your own initiative and organise your workload, within time and budgetary constraints

*Excellent interpersonal skills; notably the ability to communicate with, motivate and understand the needs of a wide range of people. This would include experience in delivering presentations within community settings offsite

*A high level of energy, enthusiasm and creativity to ensure outreach projects engage new communities and the ability to bring these to fruition

*Good ICT knowledge and skills, especially MS Office, Powerpoint and social media.

*Ability to travel nationally to run community events


*Existing community contacts with Black and Minority Ethnic communities nationwide

*Knowledge and practical experience of archive materials and how they can be used to create relevant and exciting projects

*Knowledge of the records held by The National Archives

*Experience of creating online or exhibition resources with educational or community content
Additional Information
Health and Safety Risk Assessment
Normal office environment

Kew, West London

Working Arrangement
Full-time. Fixed Term Appointment until 31 March 2013 with the possibility of extension.


Starting Salary
£25,000 plus generous benefits package, including pension, childcare vouchers, sports and social club facilities, onsite gym, subsidised staff restaurant and opportunities for training and development.

How to Apply
To submit your application please click the ‘Apply for this job’ button at the bottom of this page. Additionally, please upload a recent copy of your CV and a supporting statement.

Supporting Statement
Please explain how you meet each point in the person specification. You may draw on knowledge, skills, abilities, experience gained from paid work, domestic responsibilities, education, leisure interests and voluntary activities. Please note selection for interview will largely be based on the information you provide in this section. Please write on separate sheets, but remember to put your name and post applied for on each sheet.

For Further Information
Please contact the Recruitment Team on 020 8392 5203.

Closing Date
Monday 7th November 2011 at midnight

To be confirmed

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Caribbean UK Film Festival 2011 @ the V&A, London – Sun 10 & Mon 11 July

This year the Caribbean UK Film Festival 2011, hosted by actor Geff
Frances and Charles Thompson MBE founder of the Screen Nation Awards,
will explore the themes of fashion, music, sport and culture with a
special feature honouring the lifetime achievements of actor Earl
Cameron CBE – not to be missed!

You are encouraged to come dressed in your own style of 60s chic and /
or bring along copies of photographs of yourself, friends and family,
album covers, magazines and other related memorabilia, that illustrate
contributions within the arts, music, performance, the public services
and more and share these on the 1960s Memorabilia Wall.

Please find attached the Film Festival flyer and the Film Festival
Programme – enjoy, it’s all an education!

To book telephone the Bookings Team on 029 7942 1122 or book on-line

Tickets are £20 for a day or £30 for both days.

A special offer of £12 for a day ticket per person will be available to
Day Schools (Year 11 and above), Colleges, Universities, members of
Supplementary Schools, Elders Clubs, Home Tutoring schemes, Youth Clubs
and Children’s Homes.  Just state the name of your organisation when you
are booking.

Please bring a packed lunch and remember to set off early particularly
on the Sunday to take account of any transport closures.  Circle and
District Lines and most of the Piccadilly Line that serve the V&A Museum
at South Kensington should be offering a good service on Sunday and a
full service on Monday.  Nearest buses are C1, 14, 74 & 414.


Download The Flyers
Flyer1 – PDF | Programme – PDF

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6th International Conference of Caribbean Women's Writing: Comparative Critical Conversations



6th International Conference of Caribbean Women’s Writing: Comparative Critical Conversations
Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June 2011
Registration Fee: £70 (£35 students)

Download Registration Form.

Caribbean Women’s Literature as a body of work has become rooted in the region and across the diaspora. As a result, critics and teachers engaged in discovering, interpreting and disseminating the study of the texts have sought and found various discursive spaces from which to explore its distinctive aesthetics and particular complexities. The resulting transition from silence and absence to differentiated presence has opened a range of questions which this conference wishes to address. Centrally, we ask: how might the readings of Caribbean Women’s literature, alongside other ‘minority’ and ‘canonical’ texts within given national literatures produce perspectives that might re-invigorate as well as re-address contemporary critical processes?

‘Comparative Critical Conversations’ is an international 2-day conference to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London on 24th and 25th June 2011. It aims to reconfigure methodologies through comparative responses to the literature in a bid to further understand the deep and complex relations between texts that derive from a culture variously described as mimetic, hybrid, fragmented, syncretic and so on. To this end, we are currently inviting proposals for 20-minute papers that reflect on these questions and themes. Topics may include but are by no means limited to Caribbean women’s literature as:

reconfigurations of genders
Creole poetics
affiliations between ‘minority’ literatures
Comparative literature today
in transatlantic and oceanic studies
auto-theorising texts
reconfiguring modernity and / or postmodernity
Caribbean historicism
re-thinking national/ post-national texts
transformations of literary language
re-presenting Caribbean cosmology
spoken word
first/ second/ third wave regional writing
critical imaginative geographies

We invite proposals through abstracts that offer a clear statement of the area(s) addressed and identify the sources used in approximately 1 page or 250 words for an individual presentation. Each abstract must also include the name of the presenter and the current institutional affiliation. A brief biog (50 words) is to be appended to the abstract. Panel presentations must include a description of the panel as well as title and abstracts of individual presentations and the brief biographical information (see above) of each presenter.

The Conference Organising Committee
Sixth International Conference on Caribbean Women’s Writing
Centre for Caribbean Studies
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London, SE14 6NW

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Growing with Pan

Growing with Pan

Growing with Pan

The Steel pan is a beautiful creation originated in Trinidad & Tobago in the late 19.30’s and is the only orchestral family of acoustic musical instruments to be invented in the 20th century. With instruments ranging from low bass to high sopranos, all made out of the same raw material (oil drums) makes this invention a magnificent achievement for people of Trinidad & Tobago.

Jamani Stewart was introduced to the Steel pans at a very young age, due to the fact that I,  “Jamma” played the Steel pans, and had first hand experience of the benefits of playing music from a young age, felt it essential to pass on the skills to his Children.

By time Jamani was 11 months old he was making his own beat box rhythms with his mouth, what was so amazing was the fact his rhythmic timing of his beats were so interesting, creative and steady to the beat.  All this happened before he could talk.

As time went on Jamani “the same as most babies” loved tapping beats on the tables and walls and was showing a great interest to music. His Mum and I would encourage Jamani and his sister Rochella using spoons as sticks have little jam sessions on pots and pans, basins, they loved hearing the different tones that could be produced using simple household materials as instruments.

At two years old Jamani was brought a little plastic drum set to channel his drumming skills, and save our walls, and furniture from being marked up. As he developed his skills he was encouraged to play in church. At three years old he did his first public performance at the Jamma Caribbean musical extravaganza, held at the Midlands Art Centre Cannon Hill Park Birmingham. It was amazing to see that in front of approximately two and half thousand people, he did not show a hint of nervousness.

Throughout this time Jamani was always hearing me practice and performing shows on the Steel pans. Both Jamani and Rochella were allowed to play the pans once they learned the instrument had to be played softly and gracefully.

Rochella Stewart learning how to play softly.

Rochella learns the art

Rochella learns the art

Once they had learnt how to play softly, they could do little exercises to develop pitch and melodies , as time went on we found Jamani would gravitate to the pan’s more, and started teaching himself simple melodies like, Happy birthday, when the saints, go marching in, The Pink Panther and many more tunes.

After seeing all these signs of musical ability at 6 years old I could see it was time to start developing his repertoire, starting with songs like “what a friend we have in Jesus”, and brushing up on songs like “When the saints”, as well as others, it was soon time for him to start gigging.

His Mum Angela, made him his first costume, and he was more than ready to hit the stage.




Young and Ready for the Stage

Young and Ready for the Stage

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Jamani Young Performer

Jamani at 7 years old was proving to be very comfortable on stage . 

To view a live performance of 7 year old Jamani performing at the Merryhill Shopping Centre please click on link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGscGPoK-7w

As time went on He would do regular solo performance at church and various functions, developing a widerverityof music at a young age proved to be more rewarding. He would also do regular performance with dad this help to develop things like improvising and ear training.
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We soon found out he had the gift of perfect pitch and could mimic phrase’s instantly. To view live video of Jamani & Dad performing together please click on link above.

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Check out 9 year old Jamani playing now is the time “Jazz piece by Charlie Parker” 

to view click linkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwOTP7keFYk&feature=related

When I founded the Birmingham school of pan, to teach local children the art of playing the steel pans, Jamani and Rochella would love to perform along side there friends in various carnivals.Playing in the blazing sun the hours were long and tiring but the sound of the steel pan kept them going.
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Playing in the band gives members a chance to meet celebrities, pictured here is Rochella and Jamani after a performance at the Birmingham Symphony hall with TV star Rudolph Walker,
(Patrick ) from EastEnders.
Picture above was taken in Trinidad TV studios, after performance by 3 Steel pan solo artist. Jamani Stewart, “UK’S young Steel pan Soloist” with one of “Trinidad & Tobago’s top Steel pan soloist”Dane Gulston & myself Mighty Jamma, “UK’S No1 Steel pan Soloist Champion”, with Alison Hennessey Trinidad and Tobago TV presenter

Sometimes Jamani would be a bit shy to the real discipline it takes to learn a piece to performance standard so sometimes at rehearsals if I was looking the other way he would make a run for it, upstairs or out the back door, and would love when I had to chase and catch him and bring him back to the pan. But we took our time just learning a little more each day, we could defiantly see the repertoire growing to the extent were he was performing more solo gigs at schools and various functions.  He was also developing the skill of addressing his audience in a more professional way.

By time Jamani was 9 years old he had developed an extraordinary gift to play jazz music and improvise he also new exactly when the song was going to finish.

Jamani being a solo performer means you have to rely on yourself to run the show, were as in a band you have other musicians to help you out, which is all good as in developing team work skills, so getting the corrected balance between solo performances and band work, are essential skills for a young growing musician.

Jamani has performed at many venues, like the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham Symphony Hall, the National indoor arena, to mention a a few, he has traveled to Africa, Trinidad, Guernsey, and many more places.. Also he has done many Radio and TV performances, recorded TV Advert for the Saint Kits and Nevis Jazz festival, performed on live TV in Trinidad & Tobago the home of the Steel pans

To View 12 year old Jamani Performing On Children’s BBC click on link below


The Steel pan as a solo instrument is capable of playing many different forms of music The lay out of notes on the Tenor pan (Soprano) Jamani is performing on is set to a circle of 4th & 5th. the one pan carries 29 different notes and was discovered by Trinidad Genius Tony Williams. Many Steel pan soloists thrive to perform and improvise over well known jazz standards.

To view video of 14 year old Jamani improvising & rehearsing a piece called “Meditation” please click on link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKEw3AVNl8w&feature=related

Due to the fact the steel pan is a melodic percussive instrument it is very important to understand Melodies, Chords, & Harmonies as well as different kinds of beats & rhythms .Playing drums can be very helpful to develop the rhythmic understanding. Drumming also helps develop better wrist action for control of speed,dynamics & rolling notes.

Jamani started playing drums from 3 years old, and has always kept that passion with him. the next video clip was recorded at perry beaches school concert were Jamani played drums with his friends & Asian dhol drummers

to view15 year old Jamani,s performance on drums please click on link below


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Jamani Stewart
as a young steelpan soloist has adapted the use of the instrument to perform songs that people in his age group would recognises, creating a refreshing mix of contemporary R & B, hip-hop, dancehall and reggae, performing songs by artistes like R. Kelly, Sean Paul, Akon,T.O.K,
As well as performing traditional calypso, jazz Ballard is helping to bring the steel pan to new audiences. As a young steelpan ambassador he has found the instrument is very popular with staff and pupil at his secondary school perry beaches.

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Jamani with Proud Dad “Mighty Jamma”


Jamani started recording his first album at 12 years old and completed it by 13th birthday. he was quite impressed to see how his brand of steelpan music was received by people world wide, he also enjoyed TV coverage 

To View Jamani in Action on Central News please click on link below


Coming from a musical family has help contribute in many different areas,. Jamani’s two uncles as well as Dad are very involved in the music also, UncleBarry (MACKADUB) Stewart help with all the technical Recording and production side of the album, Uncle Norman ( Pan Maestro ) Stewart Tune’s the Steel pans, and his Dad Jamma Stewart is UK’S No1 Steel pan Soloist Champion, so a lot of input from different directions has contributed to the production, not forgetting his sister Rochella Stewart who also plays the pans, and did all the art work for the CD. & Mom who makes his costumes for public performances. 


Team work is always a good thing, when Jamani performs with his dad he gets a chance to explore new musical ideas with improvisation and melodies and understanding the language of music in deeper depths.Check out this on rehearsed performance of improvisation on the stop with Jamani & his Dad.

To view video click on link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPb7Dpi8X4c

Jamani also loves rapping and is a well known in artist in grime and goes under the name of J Marnz and is a group called Tinyan.Check out J marnz in 5 star media video shoot . click link below to view


Jamani has actively been a pioneer for the new electronic steelpan midi controllers, these instruments have notes laid out the same as an original steelpan but can be hooked up to a computer and used to play different sounds, like piano, trumpets, drums, etc.

At 12 Years old Jamani was commissioned by Alternate mode the makers of the PANKAT to do a video.

To View Jamani on PANKAT click on Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1r_MGuUjq8

Recently Jamani had the pleasure of meeting the inventor of the newepan (electronicpan )Salmon Cupid, who also asked Jamani to make a video demonstration of the epan. These instruments are not replacements for the traditional Steelpans, but can be very useful for studio work when building tracks.

To View Jamani Demonstrate the epan click on links below

Demo1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OSOrymuA6A&feature=related

Demo 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vywryggbdec&feature=related

It was a pleasure to see Jamani getting awarded at school for outstanding musical achievements

To hear sample’s of Jamani please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU2MCElFXrU

For information general inquires, on workshops/ performances please http://www.jammasteelpan.net/

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Mighty Jamma UK'S NO1 Recording Steelpan Artist

The mighty Jamma

The mighty Jamma


Mighty Jamma UK’S NO1 Recording Steelpan Artist

Jamma started playing music at a very early age, jamming on pots and pans etc. When I was 9 years oldI moved on to playing the bass guitar and at the age of 11I moved on to playing the steelpan and since thenI have never looked back.The pan is such a wonderful sounding instrument, which gave me a burning desire to play it to levels of excellence.

This certainly payed off with the winnings of three (1987 1998, 1999)National Steel Band Soloist

Championship of Great Britain.

After this I took up more of a commercial look at the music.I was producing and performing at many corporate events such as weddings, parties, oncruise ships etc, but stilllooking for a bigger musical outlet for my talents.

The 1990’s saw the birth of theJamma Caribbean Jazz Band. Using the steelpan as a lead instrument, mixed with the sounds of double bass, piano and saxaphones giving a new flavour to UK’s Jazz festivals.I would regularly perform at clubs like Ronnie Scotts, The Jazz Cafe, The Cork jazz festival, performing with some of the greats such asCourtney Pine, Richard Bailey, Wayne Batchelor,to name a few, that brought my performances to another level.



To View Jamma Caribbean jazz bandin Concert click on link below


Pan In Flight, Jamma and Friends Albums are great demonstrations of some of my compositions played by great international musicians. Performing in many different countries like Trinidad,Japan, many places in Europe and the UK really helped to bring the great wonderful sounds of the pan to a wider audience.

Mighty Jamma in Japan Video to view click link below


Bumcy Party Carnival Action DVD

Bumcy Party

Bumcy Party

Other songs like Bumcy Party, Dancing, have proved to be real party hits. Bumcy party DVD is currently shown on Sky TV, Actv channel.

Mighty Jamma Bumcy Party Music Video to view click on linkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcIqjpdVAQ0

Other albums like Cool Evenings part 1 & 2, Relaxing Nights 1 & 2 also Have proved to be very calm and relaxing. These albums have defiantly proved to be very popular in promoting the Steelpans out of the Carnival arena

To hear a few samples of some of Mighty Jamma’s Recordings click on links below

Romantic Steelpan Music Cool Evenings II http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6R5LwSr51E

Mighty JammaTraditional mellow Caribbean CD’S http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMxZry26r3c

Mighty Jamma Relaxing Steelpan Music CD’S http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23EIVZy4GEo

The Birmingham School of pan (BSP) came about due to the demand by youngsters inthe community wanting to play the instrument. Jamani, my son, who was 7 at the time, had been learning to play and has been performing on the pan for some time. Jamani is an excellent player, he is loved by everyone who sees him perform, watch this space for more on Jamani the young Pan wizard.When he would be out playing or practicing in the garden at home all his friends would come round and want to play.

Birmingham School of Pan Live link


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Steel band

Next step was to hire a studio, get instruments and start teaching. This proved to be very successful with the youngsters performing on TV, Radio Stations including the BBC Web site, News papers, theBSP has also performed for Sir Viv Richards,Brian Lara, performed at the Notting Hill Carnival,The Birmingham Carnival, The NEC, Symphony Hall and many more venues.

I am at the moment working on some great new albums. BSP are actively performing and taking on new members turning them in to performers.

Good news on just completing my latest Album Reggae pan Classics II this album is very up beat, and marries the culturesof Trinidad and Jamaica to produce a real fresh summer sound. for more info please visit

Reggae Pan Classic Volume II for sample click on linkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsFH8FtVBPg

If you like any of the music you have heard on this site and would like to place an order please click on the following link http://www.jammasteelpan.net/products.htm


Mighty Jamma Carnival Interview to view click link Below


For all other general inquires, bookings/workshops please visit http://www.jammasteelpan.net/index.htm

Or you may wish to call Jamma on+ 44 (0) 077 9944 2277 or +44 (0)121 358 4525

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Eric Eustace Williams

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Eric Eustace Williams (25 September 1911 – 29 March 1981) was the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago He served from 1956 until his death in 1981. He was also a noted Caribbean historian.

Eric Williams was a descendant from the de Boissiere family which made its fortune trading African slaves illegally after slave trading had been abolished in 1807. Williams specialised in the study of the abolition of the slave trade

In 1944 his book Capitalism and Slavery argued that the British abolition of their Atlantic in 1807 was motivated primarily by economics—rather than by altruism or humanitarianism. By extension, so was the emancipation of the slaves and the fight against the trading in slaves by other nations. As industrial capitalism and wage labour began to expand, eliminating the competition from slavery became economically advantageous.

In Inward Hunger, his autobiography, he described his experience of racism in Britain, and the impact on him of his travels in Germany after the Nazi seizure of power.

Slavery helped finance the Industrial Revolution in England. Plantation owners, shipbuilders, and merchants connected with the slave trade accumulated vast fortunes that established banks and heavy industry in Europe and expanded the reach of capitalism worldwide.

Eric Williams advanced these powerful ideas in Capitalism and Slavery, published in 1944. Years ahead of its time, his profound critique became the foundation for studies of imperialism and economic development. Binding an economic view of history with strong moral argument, Williams’s study of the role of slavery in financing the Industrial Revolution refuted traditional ideas of economic and moral progress and firmly established the centrality of the African slave trade in European economic development. He also showed that mature industrial capitalism in turn helped destroy the slave system. Establishing the exploitation of commercial capitalism and its link to racial attitudes, Williams employed a historicist vision that set the tone for future studies. In a new introduction, Colin Palmer assesses the lasting impact of Williams’s groundbreaking work and analyzes the heated scholarly debates it generated when it first appeared.

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Hispanics of African ancestry facts


  • 1492-1493- A black navigator, Pedro Alonso Nino, travels with Christopher Columbus
  • 1494- The first Africans arrive in Hispaniola (current day Haiti – Dominican Republic) with Christopher Columbus. They are free persons.
  • 1501- The Spanish king allows the introduction of enslaved African into Spain
  • 1511-The first enslaved Africans arrive in Hispaniola.
  • 1513-Thirty African accompany Vasco Nunez de Balboa on his trip to the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1517-Bishop Bartolome de Las Casas petitions Spain to allow the Importation of 12 enslaved Africans for each household immigration to Americas Spanish colonies. De Las Casas later regrets this plea, and becomes a strong opponent of slavery.
  • 1519-Hernan Cortez begins his conquest of the Aztec Empire. Black Spaniards are among the Conquistadors.
  • 1520-Enslaved Africans are used as laborers in Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico.
  • 1528-Esteban, a Morocco-born Muslim slave, is one of what four survivors washed ashore hear present-day Galveston, Texas. He is the first known person of African ancestry to enter what is now the western United States.
  • 1539-Esteban is part of an expedition led by Friar Marcos de Niza from Mexico City into the far north of New Spain (Colonial Mexico). Esteban, who moves ahead of the main expedition, is killed at the Zuni town of Hawikuh, just east of the present-day border of Arizona and Mexico.
  • 1541-Persons of African ancestry accompany the expedition of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado from Mexico city to what is now central Kansas, some Africans remain behind in Kansas and New Mexico.
  • 1570-New Spains (colonial Mexico) population includes 20,000 blacks, and 2,439 mulattoes.
  • Persons of African Ancestry are among the founders or early settlers of numerous towns in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California including San Antonio, Laredo, El Paso, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Tucson, San Diego, Monterey and San Francisco.
  • 1609-Fugitive slaves in Mexico, led by Yanga, sign a truce with Spanish colonial authorities and obtained their freedom and a town of their own.
  • 1617-The town of San Lorenzo de los Negros receives a charter from Spanish colonial officials in Mexico and becomes the first officially recognized free settlement for blacks in the New World.
  • 1646- New Spains (colonial Mexico) population includes 35,089 blacks and 116,529 mulattoes.
  • 1781- Los Angeles is founded by 44 settlers including 26 who have some African ancestry.
  • 1793- New Spains population includes 6,100 blacks and 369,790 mulatoes.
  • 1810- Slavery is abolished in Mexico the same year Mexico gain independence from Spain. One of the leaders of the independence movement and the abolition was the mulatto Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon.
  • 1886- Slavery is abolished in Cuba. Twelve years latter Cuba declares independence from Spain.
  • 1992 – The Mexican government officially acknowledge that the African culture represented the third root of Mexican Culture, with the Spanish and the indigenous people.

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Early Black Footballers-Arthur Wharton

Arthur Wharton

Arthur Wharton

Arthur Wharton was the world’s first Black Professional Footballer.Arthur was born to parents who were both mixed race. His father was half Grenadian and half Scottish, and his mother was half Scottish + half Fante Royal of the stool family of Ekumfie. He was also the World Record Holder for the 100 yard dash.

Pictured here with the Prince Hassan Cup (Athletics) . Arthur was probably the first African to play professional cricket in Britain, Arthur was an all round sportsman who found acclaim in Britain. Strangely though at the time of his success Arthur’s people were once again being labelled as the lowest forms of human life.

In Victorian England the dominant ideas labelled Black people as being innately inferior to all other races. Arthur Wharton had been educated in England and he was a master of sports.In short Arthur Wharton flew in the face of these racial theories.

Perhaps this is why he is largely forgotten today. Arthur went to school in Cannock, Staffordshire. His fame came later when he was dubbed the “best goalkeeper in the north”. He played for Preston North End in the 1885-6 season. He also ran for the Birchfield Harriers and played football for Darlington all in one year. Arthur was the forerunner of all black footballers.

To learn more about him. see” The first Black Footballer – Arthur Wharton 1865-1930 An absence of Memory ” by Phil Vassili Frank Cass Books. www.frankcass.com or see.
Football Unites …Racism Divides at http://www.furd.org/

Read an extract of Phil Vasili’s book about Arthur Wharton

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