The Impact of the Windrush Generation

23 Mar 2021

Explore how music and culture intertwine in our three-part series of online webinar discussions, hosted by BIMM alumnus Punit Kavia.

The first webinar will focus on the Windrush generation of 1948 – 1970, where 500,000 people moved from the Caribbean to Britain after the Second World War to rebuild post-war Britain. This generation’s importance and influence lies in their huge contribution to post-war Britain but also to British culture, language and music.

We will explore how this generation and the sound system/dancehall culture that they brought with them has influenced UK genres such as grime, jungle and acid house.

At the end of the discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to ask Punit and our guest speakers their questions. There will also be a chance to find out more about studying at BIMM Institute. Our degrees courses all feature modules that focus on the cultural impact of music. These discussions will give you an idea of some of the areas that you might touch upon if you choose to study with us.

Our Guests

Punit Kavia

Punit Kavia is a 22-year-old music journalist, producer, and teacher. Having graduated in 2019, Punit has written numerous pieces for BIMM exploring race, identity, and UK music cultures – in particular grime, jungle, and drill.

His first project explored how grime music made him question his identity and his next looked at how music and large-scale socio-political movements go hand in hand. Most recently, however, Punit explored UK music censorship regarding UK drill and the catch-22 created by potentially banning the genre.

Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a media and music author, specialising in fan culture, music and music heritage. She has written and presented extensively on fandom and media, using her experience as a former American music industry and Silicon Valley executive to explore a range of societal issues and behaviours.  Jen‘s last project, the #1 charting Why Vinyl Matters, is a manifesto about the importance of vinyl as a cultural object, and features interviews with a variety of fans, including Henry Rollins and Fatboy Slim. Jen’s newest book, You Are Beautiful and You are Alone: The Biography of Nico will be released on Faber & Faber / Hachette in 2021. Jen is the editor for Bunnyman, the forthcoming autobiography by Will Sergeant, founder of the iconic Echo and the Bunnymen, coming out on Hachette / Third Man in October.  Jen will be launching her podcast, Songs That Saved Your Life in April 2021, with guests as varied as John Waters, Johnny Marr and Stephen King already signed up to featureShe is also the Global Music Ambassador at BIMM Institute, the #1 music college in the UK and Europe.

Book your place

Date: Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Time: 6:00pm – 7:20pm

This event will take place on Zoom. If you’d like to book a place, please complete the form below and we will send a registration link prior to the event.


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