TODAY WE ARE CELEBRATING NATIONAL WINDRUSH DAY - June 22nd.
This is the day that the ship Empire Windrush arrived in the UK in 1948, from the Caribbean bringing the people, now known as the Windrush Generation, to come and help re-build the UK after World War 2 (WW2.)
Anyone arriving in the UK from the Caribbean between 1947 - 1971 is part of the Windrush Generation
With their arrival came lots of exciting new styles of music, Calypso, Reggae, Ska and Bluebeat which were followed by Rap, Dancehall, Jungle, Techno and House, to name but a few.
You will recognise the Calypso sound from the sound of the Steel Pans, and Carnival.
A famous calypso singer from Trinidad - Lord Kitchener wrote a song when he was on the Empire Windrush about what he hoped London would be like. He sang it to the TV reporters when he arrived and was leaving the ship. Watch it here.
You might have heard the song from the movie Paddington.
He continued to write many songs about his life in the UK.
SING along with LONDON IS THE PLACE FOR ME.
TONY CHARLES and our Steel Pans.
Y5 and Y6 have been learning to play the Steel Pans this year with Anthony.
Tony is originally from Trinidad, he came to live in the UK in 1959.
He makes and tunes the steel pans by hand in Forest Hill, and has been supplying them to London schools since the 1970's.
Here is a clip of Tony Charles playing the steel pans.
Watch him play. He is the man in the middle.
JOIN IN THE CARIBBEAN DANCE
A singer from Jamaica, arrived in England in 1963 and sang the hit song
MY BOY LOLLIPOP.
You can watch her singing it live CLICK HERE
JOIN THE CELEBRATION
To celebrate today we will all be singing 'You can get it if you really want' by Desmond Dekker at 10.27 this morning, either at school or on your doorstep, or in your home.
10.27 is the time that the ship arrived.
TUNE INTO www.colourfulradio.com at 10.20 for the countdown.
PRACTISE the song - we will only be singing the chorus and V2.
We are also celebrating the descendants of the Windrush Generation who have been working tirelessly for the NHS, and other key service jobs to help us all in the battle against the Coronavirus.