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Newsletter: Spring 2012

Greetings Ujima listeners & supporters! Welcome to the Spring 2012 newsletter…

Ujima Newsletter June '11Among the big events in 2012 The Queen’s Golden Jubilee & The Olympics are the main highlights that will have millions tuned in around the world but locally, Jamaica’s 50th  independence and St Pauls Carnival will also be closely anticipated both on and off air.

Jamaica’s 50th independence will not just be a chance for JA to celebrate but also for the Caribbean region and Commonwealth countries to celebrate their independence and the very best of Caribbean culture.

The Queen will also celebrate her Golden Jubilee and is the Head of State in several countries in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. The Queen enjoys loyal support particularly from the pioneers known as The Windrush Generation. The Empire Windrush was the boat that set sail from Jamaica in 1948 and they and many others that paved the way for many of us today who came from the Queen’s Commonwealth came here not only in search of a new life but answered the call from the Motherland to help Britain rebuild after the World War II. Jamaica is the largest of the English speaking countries in the Caribbean and gained its independence in 1962. Win or lose, the image of Usain Bolt at the London Olympics will be one of the highlights of this or any other summer. In Bristol we will welcome and host the Kenyan Olympic squad. Finally although it will not quite reach the euphoric celebrations of November 2008, President Obama will be preparing for re-election. (The G-Man’s prediction is that Obama will win …just!) Whatever and wherever it happens we look forward to sharing these great occasions with by way of our presenters thoughts, challenging debate and of course great music.

Check out the new Apprentice Show.

Finally I must pay tribute to those new faces that have answered our call and are volunteering behind the scenes. We are 100% staffed by volunteers and are a social enterprise. All the programmes you hear are delivered to you with love but also a lot of sweat and tears especially in these tough economic times! We thank-you all for your well-wishes and continue to ask for your support to… Keep on Moving!

Roger Griffith

Chair of Ujima Radio CIC

Presenter of the Back 2 Life Show – Friday’s 7-9pm



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Ujima wins Bronze ‘Fairtrade Office’ award at the Bristol Fair trade Business Awards

Congratulations to Ujima Radio for achieving the Bronze award for ‘Best Fairtrade Office’ in the first ever Fairtrade Business Awards 2012.

Businesses and winners gathered at the Leigh Court Business center in Bristol on Friday 9th March to receive their awards. Ujima’s Business Development director Kevin Philemon who accepted the award on behalf of the company, said ” to receive an award in a non broadcast area came as an unexpected surprise. We have been a huge Fairtrade supporter over the last 3 years and have organised many events in collaboration with The Bristol Fairtrade Network, so we are delighted that our work is appreciated”.

The awards were organised by Bristol Fairtrade Network in association with Business West, Destination Bristol and Bristol City Council. In attendance were Bristol City Council leader, Cllr Barbara Janke, The lord Mayor Councillor Geoff Gollop and presenting the awards was BBC’s George Alagiah. To find out more about fairtarde visit

Ujima @ MOBO ‘Unsung competition’ Tour and ‘Industry Takeover’, Watershed Tues 26thFeb

MOBO Awards were the first Awards show in Europe to celebrate urban music. In their 16 year history, the MOBO Awards have, undoubtedly, played an instrumental role in elevating black music and culture to mainstream popular status in the UK.’

The Mobo ‘Unsung Competition’ and ‘Industry Takeover’ Tour began towards the end of Feb 2012, visiting Bristol Watershed on Tuesday 26th.

The Mobo’s are one of the UK’s most acclaimed awards ceremonies, recognising and promoting Black Urban Artists both nationally, and locally.

The event hosted performances from the likes of Clement Marfo & The Frontline, Lady Leshurr, Josh Osho, Cleo Sol, Benny Banks, Smiler, Youngman, P Money and The Rascals.

The ‘Unsung competition’ offers a regional winner the opportunity to perform alongside these top acts, showcasing their talent to a wider audience. After entering track Dangerous, (Duppy Beatz ft. Buggsy & Splitz P) Artist Empror was chosen as Bristol’s finalist.

The ‘Industry takeover’ provided workshops and seminars at the Event. Industry experts from well respected organisations including SB.TV, RWD Magazine, PRS for Music Foundation, SJM Concerts, artists on the MOBO Tour and more shared their insider industry knowledge, answering questions and offering advice to audiences across the country. And all of this was FREE!

Ujima radio’s own presenter Yung Uk was in house to get the lowdown on this exclusive event!

Bristol legend Dj Krust and BBC Radio 1xtra Dj Ras Kwame joined the panel and were on hand to give their expert knowledge and advice on the industry and its many postives and negatives. This was really insightful, as was Homegrown Dj Ras Kwame’s contribution, who was on hand to offer his djing skills for the performances which were held at the Frogmore street 02 Academy.  Overall the event went very well, and event organisers were very happy with the input from all at Ujima Radio!!

We Look Forward to the Next Event and Ujima Rep’s being involved! Thanks to everyone @ Ujima radio who helped!’


Rumble on the Radio: The Love clash Valentine’s Special Tues 14thFeb 2012. Review:

From two of our most renowned DJs, listeners witnessed the third instalment to the series ‘Rumble on the Radio, A DJ Soundclash’. This duel of musical talent saw DJ Style battle the G Man head to head, tune for tune! Listeners were able to participate by contributing their ‘romantic’ track requests to the show to feature in each DJ’s line up.

Last year saw Ujima Radio launch a new radio series entitled Rumble on the Radio. This is a “DJ Sound-Clash” where radio presenters took to the airwaves taking turns to play a record of their choice with banter and testing each other’s musical knowledge. The Sound-Clash was part of Black History Month promotions during October 2011. The listener’s participation was overwhelming and generated a large interest from people throughout Bristol, the UK and even people tuning in across the world.

Due to popular demand of the listeners, DJ Style & The G-Man resumed their battle and stepped inside the studio once more and produced Rumble on the Radio III: The Love Clash. Once more they went tune for tune, but this time with the heaviest Slow Jams, Love Songs and Ballads for Valentine’s night.

Listeners were treated to the sexiest and romantic records with apparently many a tear shed by Ujima listeners who scheduled their night indoors to listen to the verbal battle as the two musical maestros grooved down memory lane. They also devoted a full hour to songs picked by the listeners and played categories from the 90’s, Lovers Rock, Covers of great records, Great Female Artists & closed with a sizzling set called In The Bedroom! You can catch a recording of the show and a full playlist here via @mixcloud Rumble on the Radio: Love Clash

DJ Style & The G-Man


Ujima @ XLR, Knowle West Media Centre

4NINE Records and Knowle West Media Centre presented:
 XLR: Don’t just see hip-hop, be hip-hop
 on 13th-17th February 2012

This event explored the culture of hip hop with a week of creative media workshops, music, performance and dance.

XLR hosted Workshops for young people (aged 10-19) in street art, photography, making music videos, podcasting, dance, theatre and music making.

 XLR Performances included Dream MClean, Buggsy, Empror, SMI, Gardna, Deep, Thisisda, Legacy and more…

Ujima’s Maizee Maize attended as part of the panel, here’s her scope of the event.

I was invited to join a panel of people within the industry to answer questions from the young people involved in the XLR event on how to make it in the music industry. Each week on my show I feature an interview with a different South West music artist, and use my show to help promote new music talent. My contribution to the panel was giving the young people advice on how to approach radio djs with material, how to know what is radio worthy and how to take negative feedback in a constructive way, amongst other things.  It was a really enjoyable experience and some of the younger kids interviewed me after the discussion. I think the event was really successful and look forward to next year maybe doing some work shops on radio presenting and production.’

Jamaica 2012, 50 years of independence 1962-2012

As some may know Jamaica will be celebrating fifty years of independence, being liberated from a Colony to become a Commonwealth realm on Aug 6th 1962. Here at Ujima we will be celebrating this momentous Anniversary with a selection of shows concentrating on Jamaica’s history, heritage, culture & music! We will explore the impact this Country has made on Bristol and how it inspires us every day within our community!

Keep an eye out for updates, particularly Prim and Paulette’s shows!


Ujima Presenters training with the BBC!

Ujima presenters Magdalena, Yung UK and Julius Abrahams are currently attending training at BBC Bristol!

Julius explains how he got on board and what it has encompassed.

14 local radio stations were asked to submit application forms from selected candidates, chosen by their controllers, the BBC & podcasts listened to by staff.

My placement has been varied & has had me interviewing booked guests on location, in their homes & onsite.
I book guests for different presenters depending on the criteria of what they’re looking to achieve & get out of an interview.
I’ve featured as a guest on John Fords show, talking about the rise in comedy, & I’ve edited streams of audio ready for a documentary being compiled by my manager, Vicki Klein.’


Apprenticeship Event showcasing training and employment opportunities in the Bristol area

Over 300 young people attended an Apprenticeship event on the 7th February, hosted by Bristol City College and Western Training provider. This coincided with the anniversary of Ujima Radio CIC’s media partnership with the Western Training Network Provider’s annual event. This year it took place upstairs within @ Bristol, with over 50 employers showcasing training and employment opportunities in the Bristol area.

Ujima continues to promote Apprenticeship opportunities through our weekly show “Be Who you want to be “ Wednesdays 8-10pm.

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We sadly say farewell to….

Daddy Mack, who presents the Sat 4-6pm, Afternoon Rendezvous show. Thank you for your contribution!

Hannah has been working as a co-producer, but also within the office, focusing on development.

But where one door closes, another opens! Please welcome….

Banton is now presenting the ‘After Rice and Peas Show’, Sun 6-8pm

Sophie is supporting us with communications/live feeds via Twitter

Fresh Dance Company will be taking over Miss Divine’s timeslot, whilst she is on maternity leave, bringing you the ‘Fresh 4 You’ Show on a Weds 7-8pm

Federico joins us from Italy through the ‘Leonardo Programme’. He has been placed on an internship with the Station, concentrating on admin, production, communication.

 The LLP provides grants for all areas of education, training and learning. It provides opportunities for organisations, staff and learners involved in education and training across Europe to work together, learn from each others’ expertise, and widen their experience of other cultures and languages.’

Caroline is acting as an advisor and consultant to Ujima, concentrating on Business and partnership development.

Paul Hassan will be focusing on marketing and strategy at Ujima.

Suga C is presenting the Breakfast show on a Mon and Tues 7-10am.

Paulette joined the team in January. She has become a valued presenter of the Outlook show on a Thurs 11-1. The show that peels back the layers and analyses community issues to seek out the truth. These are the issues that YOU care about.Its RAW, REAL and REFRESHING! Paulette presents Outlook on a Thursday, exploring in depth topics such as Immigration, Education, Health, Employment, Identity, Social Welfare and Community development. Listen in and talk to me!

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