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SISTERS WITH VOICES SING OUT AT ST GEORGE’S BRISTOL

AN ALL-FEMALE line up of local artists pays tribute to Bristol civil rights leaders with an event presented by Ujima Radio at St George’s Bristol.

 

Sisters With Voices, on October 5, features singers, spoken word performers, DJs and a visual artist. It celebrates women today, and is inspired by legendary community activists Princess Campbell, Leotta Goodridge and Carmen Beckford, who fought tirelessly for racial equality in Bristol and Britain.

 

The event forms part of the Ujima Autumn Spectacular Cultural Season, funded through Arts Council England and supported by St George’s Bristol.

 

Artists, appearing include:

  • Celestine, Bristol singer-songwriter and contestant in BBC 1’s The Voice;
  • Dionne Draper, a session artist for Basement Jazz with Reggae troupe Tan Teddy;
  • Sophia May, tour support act for Grammy-winner Pharrell Williams;
  • And introducing new talent Chantaleaze, a Studio 7 protégé of acclaimed artist Kizzy Morrell.

 

Ujima Radio is led and run entirely by volunteers and recently won UK Community Radio Station of the Year and Best Female Presenter awards and is a National Diversity champion award winner.

 

Dionne Draper, who is also Director of Sing With Soul and co-producer, said: “The event is inspired by legendary female community activists such as Princess Campbell, Leotta Goodridge and Carmen Beckford.

 

“They have inspired generations of community activists who continue to celebrate and promote female empowerment and equality.”

 

Roger Griffith, Executive Chair of Ujima Radio and co-producer, said: “Ujima salutes these women and our community by staging this fantastic showcase at the historic venue of St George’s Bristol.”

 

He added: “We have been working with a number of local artists and curators under the umbrella of the newly-formed Ujima Cultural Collective to showcase Black and under-represented talent.

 

“We began on Sunday September 18 with a Festival of Ideas sponsored event My Bristol Our Future. Part of Make Sunday Special, it involved writers and poets from across the city talking about Bristol now and in the future with performances at St Stephen’s Church including Ujima’s Lawrence Hoo and Jenny Davis.”

 

There will also be a live broadcast of Sisters With Voices, with recordings online.

Other ‘Ujima Autumn Cultural Spectacular’ events are a ‘Family Arts and Culture Fun Day’ at Circomedia October 22, coverage of ‘Black History Month’ event with Bristol City Council at M-Shed on October 15 and for the first time ‘Soul Music Live’ for BBC Radio 4 on November 29 at Trinity Community Arts Centre.

 

  • For further details and tickets for Sisters With Voices, on October 5, go to stgeorgesbristol.co.uk or search on Twitter for #sisterswithvoices. Go to ujimaradio.com to listen to broadcasts.

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