BCA launch for fundraising single

Written by on December 5, 2015 in Culture, Music, News - Comments Off on BCA launch for fundraising single
Recording studio

Jak Beula (tracksuit) recording at Raw Material studio in Brixton.

A fund-raising single recorded at Brixton’s Raw Material project to raise money for a permanent memorial to the Caribbean and African soldiers who died fighting for Britain in two world wars will have a special launch at the Black Cultural Archives on Windrush Square this month.

I Have a Song written by African-American singer and songwriter Eric Roberson was chosen by Jak Beula of the Memorial Aid campaign to be a “poignant and evocative call to remember”.

A limited CD edition of the single will be launched at the Black Cultural Archives on 11 December. The official release on iTunes is due 22 January next year. It features many up and coming artists from reggae, hip hop, r n b, afrobeat and world music.

Jak Beula said: “It’s great that this song has brought people together from different parts of the diaspora and musical experiences, to create a musical show of cultural unity for a good cause.”

Grammy award nominated Roberson added his vocals to the track while he was in London in the summer doing gigs at the Jazz Café.

It is hoped that the memorial, currently stored at the archives, can be unveiled at a memorial scheduled for VE Day (8 May) 2016.

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Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. He works out of an office in St Matthews and before that the Bon Marché. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

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