Reggae music filled the halls of City Academy in Easton Tuesday 26th November as 30 secondary school students took part in music making workshops celebrating 50 yrs of Trojan Records.
The Reggae Ticket is a newly launched programme from London based talent development agency Tomorrow’s Warriors. The inspirational workshop was led by ten musicians and consisted of breaking down sections of Bob Marley’s anthemic song Get Up Stand Up and culminating in a performance to 300 of the students’ peers.
Phil Castang, Director of Creative Learning and Engagement at Bristol Music Trust said: “Bristol has a special relationship with Reggae and sound system culture. We are really fortunate to be able to bring Tomorrow’s Warriors to the city to tell some of that story to our young people.”
The Reggae Ticket, which was launched during Black History Month in October, and visits St George’s Bristol in January as part of a nationwide tour ‘The Trojan Story’, performed by a 22-piece jazz band and produced by Tomorrow’s Warriors. Trojan Records, first established in 1968, became the focal point for Jamaican music and culture in the UK.
Gary Crosby OBE co-founder of Tomorrow’s Warriors said: “It’s great to take The Reggae Ticket across the UK and heighten awareness of the Trojan catalogue among the next generation and new audiences as both a musical form and a cultural phenomenon.”
“I’m looking forward to sharing and celebrating the rich history of reggae in British culture, and providing a platform on which to hand down an oral history from elders to the younger generation, which is of vital performance if black culture is to survive and leave a legacy.”
Tomorrow’s Warriors was founded as a non-profit organisation in 1981. Since then the programme has reached more than 10,000 young people aged 11-19, largely from BAME and underprivileged backgrounds.
Previous young artists have taken part in Tomorrow’s Warriors events and gone on to have careers in the music industry including Bryon Wallen, Denys Baptiste, Eska and Soweto Kinch. In the new wave of young British artists, double MOBO winner Moses Boyd, Ezra Collective, Eska, Binker & Moses and Zara McFarlane – to name but a few – also encountered Tomorrow’s Warriors in their early development.
The Reggae Ticket is being supported by Arts Council England. Claire Mera-Nelson, Director of Music and London at the council, said: “Arts Council England is delighted to support Tomorrow’s Warriors’ The Reggae Ticket and the opportunity it provides to celebrate and build public knowledge of Trojan Records’ huge contribution to the UK music industry, especially amongst younger audiences.”