Anthony Joseph & friends present “Windrush: A Celebration”

LONDON Barbican
Silk Street


70 years on from the HMT Empire Windrush’s arrival in Essex and arguably the beginning of British multiculturalism, British/Trinidadian poet, novelist, and musician Anthony Joseph brings together an array of musicians and artists to celebrate the triumph of the Caribbean spirit with a series of events exploring the cultural history of the Caribbean diaspora in the United Kingdom.

The month-long series of film, music and literature events culminates in this gala concert, which will include the debut of a newly commissioned Windrush Suite by saxophonist & composer Jason Yarde, performed by Anthony and a pan-Caribbean ensemble comprising a who’s who of the British jazz, Caribbean music, and spoken word scenes – including legendary calypso artists Calypso Rose, Mighty Sparrow, rhythm poet Brother Resistance, award-winning vocalist Cleveland Watkiss, and Warp Records' new signing GAIKA.

The full program of ancillary events can be seen here Windrush Celebration

The series is part of Giant Steps, a scheme supported by Help Musicians UK and Serious Trust, with additional support from Speaking Volumes and Arts Council England.

This project is supported by:

  • Help Musicians UK
  • Serious Trust

Not only an outstanding musician but also a thought provoking poet, lecturer and novelist bringing together a celebration of British multiculturalism, this will be an experience not to miss.

(John Osborne at Jazz FM)