Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music recognisable by its acoustic sounds. It became a feature of Caribbean music in the 1920s, but the golden years of this genre, were in the 1940s and 50s. Mento is a fusion of African and European rhythms and musical traditions reflecting many centuries of history. It was originally played on homemade, makeshift instruments including natural gourds, pieces of iron, empty sardine cans, forks and graters!
My cultural cuisine is more than comfort food, it’s my history on a plate. When I sit down to a plate of chicken, rice and peas I think of my ancestors’ village life where chickens roamed in family yards and wandered freely around the village.
Just seeing a photograph, never mind when I can actually see and get up close to a paraffin heater floods my soul with emotion. This household item has achieved iconic status in the minds not just of the Windrush Generation but descendants 2 or 3 generations on.
White people in local neighbourhoods used to say: "You can tell it’s Sunday because you see more Caribbeans out and about", and they would be dressed in their Sunday Best on their way to Church.
Created by our Chair and Founder Caroline Diehl, this crowdfunding campaign has raised funds that will allow Together TV to broadcast more programmes made by, with and about diverse communities, bringing people together across the UK.
The first day I walked into my classroom as a Further Education Lecturer of Business Studies, I had to pinch myself. Racism was still rife in society in the late 70s and many memories of my school days and growing up in the 50s were still raw. I remember the outrage of my parents at the Government report that said Black children were educationally subnormal, and all because they spoke “patois”, apparently! 60 years later patois is spoken not just by the Windrush Generation but by Caribbeans born in the UK.
We are pleased to announce that from Thursday 17th September, we will be stepping up to channel 87 on Freeview!
Together TV currently sits on channel 88 on Freeview, but from 17th September, channel 88 will become the home of TogetherTV+1, the perfect place to catch your favourite shows that you might have just missed. Meanwhile you can watch TogetherTV, as normal, on channel 87.
As we move into the summer months, we're thinking more about healthier lifestyles, fresh produce and getting fit.
On May 17th 1975, thirty-three people tragically lost their lives in a bus crash that is often considered Britain’s Worst Road Disaster. The crash occurred at Dibble Bridge when the brakes on a coach carrying mainly elderly passengers failed, sending the coach hurtling over the bridge.