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HMS Windrush docked in Essex and early migrants from the British colonies and Commonwealth, who helped rebuild post-war Britain, settled in London, South Wales and the Midlands. Initially, they were welcomed before experiencing the overt racism of far-right groups, aggressive government legislation, and a populace riled by rising unemployment. As an act of resistance in the face of difficult circumstances, music was a galvanising force for a burgeoning Black community. With time, this energy coalesced and permeated beyond the inner cities to reach the wider population. As a teen growing up in predominantly white Essex, my attention was captured by a musical form more interesting to me than the popular indie bands of the 90s, and I was fortunate to discover the music of artists and groups such as Moorish Delta 7, Rodney P, and Roots Manuva.⁠

In Where We Come From, Aniefiok has written an absorbing social history of modern Black Britain, offering insights from the trailblazers and subsequent generations who created a culture that we're privileged to witness. Written with a devotion for the music’s heritage that matches the craft of UK Rap and Grime’s pioneers and headliners, this is a standout book to start off the year.⁠

– recommended by Lloyd. ⁠

We We Come From: Rap, Home & Hope in Modern Britain; Aniefiok Ekpoudom

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