Tomorrow’s Warriors launches reggae outreach scheme

National talent incubator Tomorrow’s Warriors has launched The Reggae Ticket, a grassroots music and culture outreach programme dedicated to the heritage label Trojan Records.

Gary Crosby OBE, Tomorrow’s Warriors founder, is leading the programme, which will hit seven UK cities over 12 months.

Launched during Black History Month, the events offer young people the opportunity to engage with the music, culture and heritage of Trojan Records, as well as connecting established musicians with the local community.

Crosby’s heritage reggae tour, The Trojan Story, featuring his 22-piece Jazz Jamaica All Stars, will also perform.

The first date will be Birmingham Town Hall on 25 October, followed by stops in Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Gateshead and Edinburgh, culminating in the Grand Finale at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 17 October 2020.

The Reggae Ticket has been designed to engage those from secondary school age upwards with established musicians, through a bespoke participation and learning programme in each city.

This will include a series of hands-on sessions, workshops, mentoring sessions, development and performance opportunities for local community choirs and orchestras with members of Jazz Jamaica and Tomorrow’s Warriors.

The programme will also train young people in recording ‘oral history’ interviews, enabling them to create content that will feature in related The Trojan Story exhibition curated by Mykaell Riley (Black Music Research Unit, University of Westminster), with support from BMG.

Crosby said: ‘I’m looking forward to sharing and celebrating the rich heritage of reggae in British culture, and providing a platform on which to hand down an oral history from elders to the younger generation, which is of vital importance if black culture is to survive and leave a legacy.

‘Through our decades of work in the community, Tomorrow’s Warriors has built an incredible network of creative partners across the UK and it will be our honour to collaborate to create something really unique across each of the seven cities. We hope that, through The Reggae Ticket, we will continue to inspire and enrich the next generation and local communities alike.’

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