Staffordshire Centre

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10th October

A Talk by Nigel Holmes

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This song, written by Jimmy Cliff, typifies the Windrush generation, who sought to triumph in the face of adversity.  People from the Caribbean travelled to Britain between 1948 and 1973, to address the post war labour shortage.  Compared to the Caribbean, Britain must have seemed like a cold and unfriendly place, but fortunately they brought their sunny music with them.  This talk, will look at the influence of Jamaican Ska and Reggae music on the UK music scene in the late 60s/early 70s, with plenty of musical interludes.

Nigel has been interested in pop music all his life, since junior school days in the 1960s.  He would bring home speakers, record players and salvaged valve amplifiers from scout jumble sales, to create stereo sound systems to play Ska and Reggae music and in the late 70s/early 80s he ran a mobile disco, building much of the sound and lighting equipment himself.