Young Roots, a group of 15-20 youth living in Oxford with African or Caribbean roots met regularly over 2 years, bringng into existance a safe haven, a family of youth and elders from 8 African countries and people of all backgrounds -musicians, researchers, refugees, asylum seekers, interested youth, artisits to produce several movies, a DVD, & perform at key community events as well as organised fundraisers for World Aids Day. Young Roots led workshops in schools to spread awareness and respect for African cultural heritage, performed high quality music concerts (MOMA, Cowley Carnival, Museum of Natural History, Poonana's Nightclub). all this including music production and soecial access to the Pitt Rivers Museum ethnographic collection, enabled the young people to build skills and confidence through the expressive arts and persuing their own lines of research. Half the group were Kenyan and the project enabled an exchange of video messages with a youth group in Nairobi, eventually leading to several of the group revisiting their homeland.
A video introducing the Young Roots project, featuring original music from Zimbawean-born artist Sinini Ngwenya and highlights of performances, workshops, cultural exchange, work with a famous museum, and simply getting togetherfor fun and friendship.
Facilitated by: Nick Lunch, Moses Bikishoni, Sinini Ngwenya and Andy McClellan.