Empire Windrush

Windrush: 1 Minutes Silence

Dear all,

There will be one minutes silence for the Windrush victims at the Windrush Millennium Centre this Friday, 22nd June 2018 at 11am. The venue address is below. Please feel free to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Mickey Bisson.

 

VENUE:

Windrush Millennium Centre
70 Alexandra Road,
Manchester.
M16 7WD.

 

 


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Lucy Powell MP Windrush Meeting

Emergency Meeting on Windrush with Lucy Powell MP

You may have seen reports of the scandal of the Windrush Generation.

The Windrush Generation refers to people who came to the UK from the Commonwealth any time before the 1973 and who have been British citizens for decades have found themselves without documentation and without the ability to work or claim benefits. Anyone you came to the UK before 1988 can be caught up in this. This is a scandal and one that needs to be rectified.

I have arranged a meeting for anyone who is affected, or anyone who knows someone who is affected to come and talk about their situation. The meeting will take place at The Windrush Millennium Centre on Wednesday 2nd May at 5pm.

As MP for Manchester Central, I have been dealing with similar cases and trying to help people who have been caught in this situation and have written to and met with Government Ministers as well as spoken in Parliament on the issue.

If you know anyone who has been affected or anyone who came to the UK before 1988 and who is worried about their status, please share this invitation with them.

If you can’t make the meeting but need advice then please contact me at contact@lucypowell.org.uk 0161 232 0872 or by writing to Lucy Powell MP House of Commons London SW1A 0AA.

 

Winrush Meeting Venue

5pm Moss Side and Hulme Community Development Trust,
Windrush Millennium Centre,
70 Alexandra Road,
M16 7WD.

 

Contact Lucy Powell MP

Tel: 0161 232 0872

eMail: contact@lucypowell.org.uk

 
 
 
 


Manchester Carnival April 2018 Update

Windrush Bacchanal Update

Celebrating 70 Platinum Years of the Windrush Generation

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A message from the Chair …

Welcome all.

Hopefully, everybody is aware this year’s Caribbean Carnival of Manchester theme is Windrush bacchanal, celebrating 70 platinum years of the Windrush generation.

For anyone wishing to understand more about the Windrush generation, how the generation positively changed the UK with their brand of cultural music, dance and colourful vibrancy and the struggles they faced after landing on these shores, links to historical information on the Windrush generation have been randomly chosen and included at the bottom of this post.

To carnival 2018. Preparations are well underway. As we begin organising, the committee would like to take this opportunity to pass on messages to band leaders, performers, stall holders and troops.

The message to stall holders is, space in the park is limited and therefore at a premium. The committee is only able to allocate a pre-determined size plot to each stall holder; therefore, any stall holders wishing to bring trailers or similar into the park, MUST contact the Chair, Carnival Mickey, in advance to discuss whether it is possible to bring a trailer into the park and the cost implications. Mickey can be contacted on 07985 400 384 or at carnivalmickey@hotmail.co.uk.

If any troops, performers and bands would like to take part in this year’s carnival, likewise the committee invites band leaders to contact the chair to apply using the information above. The committee is preparing a new band/ troop registration form which will hopefully be uploaded to the website for download soon. So, please check back in a couple of weeks.

A comprehensive list of ‘What’s On’ for 2018 is still being established. However, the committee can confirm there will be a full road parade, 8 stages of fantastic performers in the park, as well all the favourites like African Corner, Latin Corner and others. The committee will announce more in due course.

Finally, if any confirmed performers or troops would like to feature on the carnival website, please contact Mickey with a write up and at least one banner image at least 750 pixels by 500 pixels in size. The same applies to advertisers; although, cost and terms and conditions apply for advertising on the carnival’s website platform.

Long live Lord Kitchener, the Trinadadian Calypso and Soca artist who started the embryonic Caribbean carnival in London.

See you all in August.

Carnival Mickey (Chair)

 
 

Get Ready
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 2018

 
 

The Voyage of the Empire Windrush

 
 

Windrush, Part 1 of 4

 
 

Images of the Empire Windrush

 
 

The Windrush Generation

Sources of Information

 
 

Notice to Advertisers

Did you know the carnival website receives in the region of 100, 000 views in the two weeks leading up to the carnival? The Caribbean Carnival Facebook page has around 6,000 followers too.
To get your message across to a guaranteed audience contact the Chair about advertising on 07985 400 384 or carnivalmickey@hotmail.co.uk.

 
 


Windrush

Windrush Bacchanal

Carnival 2018 Theme

The theme for carnival 2018 is Windrush Bacchanal, celebrating 70 years of the Windrush generation. But, who were the Windrush generation and why are they so special?

When the Empire Windrush passenger ship docked at Tilbury from the Caribbean on 22 June 1948, it marked the start of the post-war immigration boom which was to change British society. Images of the African-Caribbean passengers filing off the gangplank have become part of the country’s social history.

After WWII, Britain encouraged immigration from Commonwealth countries. To a large extent this was to help rebuild the country as there was a shortage of labour at the time. Windrush carried 492 migrants who were coming to a country promising prosperity and employment. Among them were the calypso artists Lord Kitchener and Lord Beginner from Trinidad & Tabago.

This years Carnival celebrates 70 years of culture, music, life-styles, horticulture, pride and struggles that came with these early settlers in this, it’s platinum anniversary year. It brought Soca, Calypso, singing, dancing, drumming and vibrant colours showcased by the legendary Calypso and Soca artist Lord Kitchener to the street of London and beyond.

Arrivals were temporarily housed near Brixton; the town’s Windrush Square commemorates the ship’s arrival. The majority remained to settle permanently, and now form a central part of British society. The ship itself made its final voyage in 1954.

We hope to see you on 11th & 12th August 2018 to celebrate the Windrush anniversary.


CCoM Happy 2018

Happy New Year from the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester

The team at the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and prosperous 2018.

The team would also like to thank everyone for their hard work and support in 2017. In particular, the team would like to thank those who supported the carnival financially or with their time and skills.

These include:

  • CCoM committee and supporting team
  • Troops & participants
  • Lucy Powell MP
  • Manchester City Council (All departments connected to the Carnival)
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • St John’s Ambulance
  • WRPS Scaffolding
  • Bigint Ltd.(website)

And, our great sponsors without whom the carnival may not happen:

Stagecoach
Supermalt
Rosgal

If you or your organisation would like to sponsor the 2018 Manchester carnival, the team would love to speak to you. Please contact Mickey on 07985 400 384 or email carnivalmickey@hotmail.co.uk .

Following another successful carnival year, we now look to 2018. Details about the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 2018 theme will be published soon, so please stay in touch with the carnival news page.

Thanks to NordWood Themes on UnSplash.com for supplying the image for this post under the creative commons license.


Parade Awards 2017

Winning Results for the Manchester Carnival Parade 2017

With the weather holding out, at least in the afternoon, Carnival 2017 was another highly successful event.

The weekend has become a highlight of the annual carnival calendar and the great people of Manchester, along with those who attended from throughout Britain, did not disappoint us again. The parade was as spectacular and stunning as ever, with a diversity of fantastic Mas Bands, floats and costumes on show. Much fun was had by all.

The carnival organisers wish to thank everyone who attended to make carnival 2017 a special occasion to remember.

We are now pleased to announce the results of the annual carnival awards.

 

Saturday

– Main Carnival Parade National Bands:

  1. Pure Elegance Huddersfield
  2. Cultural Roots Derby
  3. Spectrum Preston

– Main Carnival Parade Manchester Bands:

  1. WER1
  2. A Squad
  3. SOCA Explosion & Africa Diversity

Sunday

– The Culturama Stage Parade:

  1. A Squad
  2. SOCA Explosion

 

The parade was judged at the junction between Claremont Road junction and Alexandra Park. Trophies will be presented on Saturday 16th September 2017.

Congratulations to all the award winners, and a big thanks to everybody who took part.

 

 


Caribbean Carnival Information Leaflet 2017

Caribbean Carnival 2017 Information Leaflet

The Caribbean Carnival 2017 information leaflet is out now. The carnival committee would like the carnival to be a safe and enjoyable event for everyone. The information leaflet has been produced with this in mind; therefore, we encourage everyone visiting this year’s carnival to take a look at the information provided.

A copy of the information leaflet has been included below for your convenience. There is also a downloadable PDF version, if you would like to take a copy away.

More information is available on our visitor information page. Please make time to take a look at the information provided. We wish everyone a great carnival.

 
 

Information Leaflet 2017

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Carnival Leaflet 2017

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Manchester Caribbean Carnival J'ouvert 2017

J’ouvert Morning Manchester Carnival 2017

Jump Up, Jump Up, J’ouvert!

Join in J’ouvert Morning at Manchester Carnival 2017. Follow J’ouvert on Facebook.

J’ouvert Marning, Manchester Carnival 2017, Jump up Lash D Pig.   Linking up @ Westwood Street, Manchester, M14.   Jam starts 12th Aug @ 7.45am – 10.00am.

J’ouvert morning returns this year, ready to be the best J’ouvert yet, with two ‘Jump Up, Jump Up’ trailers on the road.

  • Trailer 1 – A combination of DJs
  • Trailer 2 – 1PLUS, live Soca band

J’ouvert starts from 7.45am to 10am. There will be traditional Caribbean cuisine including: Souse, Pig Foot, Rice, Black Pudding, Salt Fish, Johnny Bakes and all your favourite traditional Caribbean punches for refreshment.

 

Want More J’ouvert?

Soca Village J'ouvert 2017

Leeds Soca Village

Hol Dem, N Wuk Dem

£10 Gets you a Bag, Bandana, Horn, Water, Rum T.Shirt and Full English/ West Indian breakfast.   Famalaaay, join in for the 50th!.

 

Organiser, The Soca Village

Made in the Caribbean Events and Facebook

The Soca Village is a product of Made In The Caribbean – a community based organisation developed by residents of the Chapeltown community of Leeds. Its overarching aim is to build social platforms that encourage community integration premised on the shared values of good vibes, from good people. Read more

 

Take a look at the 2017 What’s On page.

 

Carnival 2017

 
 


1PLUS Band at J'ouvert

Manchester Carnival 2017 – 1PLUS Soca Band Live at J’ouvert Morning

1PLUS Band @ J’ouvert 2017
Jump, Jump!

Want to know more about UK carnivals? Visit Yorkshire West Indian Carnival Network.

1Plus Band

For one morning only, 1PLUS Band will dominate the streets of Manchester with Caribbean Soca sounds. Come and jump around, to genuine Eastern Caribbean music live.

1PLUS Band will be jamming live from 7.45am. Don’t miss any of the set by getting there early.

 

Take a look at the 2017 What’s On page.

 

Carnival 2017

 

 

Small Axe Leeds 201

Small Axe Band Live from St.Kitts!

The Sweetest Band in the world.

1 night in Leeds only… Cannot be missed

Find more information at YWICN.

 
 
 


Black HUDU

Black HUDU at Manchester Carnival

… a sound for people to meditate to …

Black HUDU at Manchester Carnival

Black HUDU at Manchester Carnival

BLACK HUDU: The word HUDU stems from HUDU, which is the name of a language and a Ewe tribe in Togo and Ghana. It is the practice of spirituality which the ancient Africans used to become one with self. As well as being a practice of spirituality, it is a ritual that is said to get rid of bad energies, negative thoughts and frequencies and is used to manifest and heal individuals. It’s an idea that resonated with us; we believe we are here do similar works using the universal language of music as our tool.

The sound we promote and push out into the atmosphere in frequency and vibration is a sound for people to meditate to and be themselves without having to feel self-conscious; one in which people can free their inner self, in a way which feels good, whilst we take them on a musical journey.

Besides that aspect of it, it is a movement that represents the art and the elements of underground music.

Who are BLACK HUDU?

The core personnel of BLACK HUDU are two humble melanated lions. We are also a network that consists of many talented DJ’s, producers, musicians, sound engineers, artists and designers.

What music do BLACK HUDU represent?

If it’s underground, if it feels good, if it’s raw and real, then that’s BLACK HUDU! So you’ll find BLACK HUDU sound can be quite eclectic. We can go from anything from Soul, Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop, Rare Grooves, Broken Beats, House, Roots N Culture, Dub & Steppas, to name a few.

How did BLACK HUDU start?

People had heard our sounds out and about at various events and functions and they were asking if we did our own events. So, we knew it was time to put our ideas into action – BLACK HUDU was born!

The first official BLACK HUDU event took place in October 2015. It was born out of the need to hold our own regular events in which we could run with the proper quality control. One in which would enable the DJ or artists’ freedom to express themselves fully and play a deeper selection of music to a discerning music lover on a custom hand built sound system which would allow the full frequencies of these records to be heard to their full potential.

Where have BLACK HUDU played?

Collectively over the last 18 years BLACK HUDUs network have played in venues in and around Huddersfield, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Worcester and London, to name a few.

We have played at Leeds and Manchester Carnival with Irfan (Rainy City Music) and Wayne Mantrax (INNA DEEP). We have had radio shows on stations in Huddersfield and Leeds and have had music played on BBC 1xtra.

In 2016 BLACK HUDU had the opportunity to take our vibe abroad; we played at the Vortex Beach Bar, a popular beach after party at Southport Weekender’s SUNceBeat’ Festival in Croatia. The after party had international DJs playing, such as Osunlade (Yoruba Records), Grant Nelson (Nice ‘N’ Ripe), Sy Sez (Soul Heaven) and Dave Law (Tempo).

In 2016 BLACK HUDU held a series of successful intimate invite only lock-in style jam sessions in CITP, in collaboration with brand owner and artist Benaiah Matheson.

 

 

 


Bigint Carnival Websites

Websites for Carnivals and Mas Bands

Great Offers & Fantastic Service

Bigint has been delivering dedicated website and digital support for the Manchester Carnival, Tropical Media and Yorkshire West Indian Carnival Network for some years, now we would like to offer the same backing to other UK Carnivals and Mas Bands.

Just like carnivals, website development and maintenance is driven by budgets. The bigger the budget, the more time can be spent designing and creating something impressive and truly unique. However, when no large budget is available, how do you professionally get the carnival’s messages across online? You ask Bigint Ltd. to work with you, because we provide carnivals with unbelievable prices and fantastic service.

We understand that carnival budgets are stretched, that’s why we have always kept our prices super competitive for carnivals.

We do regular maintenance tasks such as website security and content management system (CMS) updating for free.

We complete the essential time-consuming job of search engine optimization (SEO) on all content for free.

We often wave charges for small updates and changes.

Of course, we cannot do everything for free, but to further reduce costs, we invite carnivals to contribute wording and graphics towards new content creation. Although we are still left with lots of code to write, the contribution of content by the carnival team reduces the lengthy design phase, which means we are able to update the site for lower cost.

Content is made for all

We build website that work; the Manchester carnival website alone receives over 25,000 visitors each day over carnival weekend. That’s one huge number of visitors. Our websites work on all devices including desktop computers, tablets and smart phones. The content is made for all age groups and follows recognized design principles to make it accessible to all.

Bigint Marketing Flyers

What We Offer

Below are some of the services we provide to support the Manchester Caribbean Carnival, Yorkshire West Indian Carnival Network and Tropical Media:

  • Website design and development
  • Website hosting
  • Website interactive content and functionality development
  • Website maintenance and updating
  • Graphics and image production
  • Write content wording
  • Produce Documents and Forms
  • Produce Flyers
  • Offer 7 Day a week support and advice

 

Sound Good? Why not contact admin@bigint.co.uk or call 07743 347 271 to speak to us about your new website.

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Original Burning Flames

The Original Burning Flames: O2 Academy Birmingham

Live Event

The Original Burning Flames

o2 Academy Birmingham

Jun 10, 2017

o2 Academy Birmingham Ticket Line

 

Burning Flames

The original Burning Flames band has reformed and they are playing a ‘not to be missed’ night at the O2 Academy Birmingham. Some time ago the band split up; therefore, the night at the Academy is a unique opportunity to see the original line-up back in action together – who knows, this may be the last time. If you are a Burning Flames fan, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Some History

The band formed in St. John in 1984. The original lineup included three brothers — Toriana “King Onyan” Edwards (vocals, guitar), David “Bubb-I” Edwards (vocals, bass) and Clarence “Oungku” Edwards (vocals, keyboards), along with drummer Rone “Foxx” Watkins.

The three brothers had previously worked together as buskers and Clarence and Toriana played in Arrow’s backing band. The band appeared at the Antiguan Road March carnival in 1985 with their song “Stiley Tight”, which was issued as their debut single in 1986.

The band went on to have international success in 1989 with “Workey Workey”, which was also later covered by Byron Lee & the Dragonaires.

The band signed for Mango Records in 1991, releasing the album Dig. They won the Road March title on five occasions between 1991 and 1996, and in 1997 Toriana Edwards embarked on a solo career as King Onyan, going on to win four Calypso Monarch titles, before eventually leaving the band.

The other members recruited vocalists Bryan Fontanelle and the Trinidadian Onika Bostik. The new lineup recorded the album HokusPokus (1999). They won the Road March title again in 1999 with “Magician (I Command You)”.
Bostik died on 19 December 2004, due to injuries sustained in a car crash on 11 December. The following year, lead singer Oungku left Burning Flames after winning that year’s Carnival Road March with the single “De Harder Deh Come” and formed a new band, Red Hot Flames.

From his song, “Oungku Too Bad-Minded”, it became apparent that Oungku left the band due to some kind of controversy. He said it was because the band had outgrown its members.

Red Hot Flames went on to win the 2006 road March competition with the single “Trouble”. That year, original band member Onyan rejoined with bass player and vocalist David “Krokuss” Edwards, also known as Lord Satellite. The first album of the reformed band was entitled Ebry Bady Ha Fu Nyam and featured hit songs like “Raw Sole” and “Green Bush”. They went on to reclaim the Road March title with the single “Papi” from their 2007 album De Real Fyah.

(wikipedia.org, 2015)

 

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Original Burning Flames 2017
Burning Flames Birmingham 2017

 


Food Rescue

Food Rescue at Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 2017

Caribbean Carnival of Manchester, 12th & 13th August 2017

FOOD RESCUE

Great Food with a Twist

Food Rescue Menu

Food Rescue Menu

Hello, we are a mobile catering company with a twist, because we have a fleet of fire engines that have been modified into catering units. Each engine operates from 2 sides; the first sells hot and cold food such as burgers, hot dogs, Mediterranean food, burritos, rice and chicken, on the other side we sell desserts and confectionery. We even have our own ice cream and popcorn machine.

Each engine has its own name and personality, along with seating for 40 people. We have 2 bouncy castles and coming soon is a TV for inside the engine so children can watch a fire safety video. There will also be 50 inch TV on the front of the engine.

Our Menu

Hot and Cold Drinks
Gormet Burgers
hot dogs
Chips
enchiladas
Rice Dishes
Chicken
Wraps
Baguettes
Mexican
Asian
Chinese
Mediterranean
Caribbean

 

Desserts

Chocolate
Cake
Ice Cream
Popcorn Machine

 

We have 15 fire engines ready to go

In all, we have 15 fire engines ready to go. Not only will each engine have 2 TVs, they will be kitted out with professional lights and a sound system that can be used separately or hooked up to the other engines to create a fantastic show.

 

We hope to see you on the 12th & 13th August 2017.