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Windrush Caribbean Film Festival joins Lambeth Council to sing Windrush song “You Can Get It If You Really Want” Performed by Nickolai Salcedo

Windrush Caribbean Film Festival joins with Lambeth Council to sing a song for Windrush. Nickolai Salcedo, star of HERO, adds his voice to the united chorus of our community. People are being encouraged by Lambeth to play and sing the song at 10:27am today June 22nd.

Lambeth Council and the Brixton Project have worked with local musicians to create the music for this safe mass participation event. Lambeth have created a new recording of You Can Get It If You Really Want created for residents to sing-along to from their doorstep, front garden or window on Monday, June 22 at 10:27am – which is in referenced to 1,027 passengers aboard the Empire Windrush when it docked at Tilbury on 22 June 1948.

The council are expecting this to be a fantastic celebration of the Windrush Generation, of the community and a sense of unity in the face of adversity. They are asking everyone – businesses, schools and shops to play this song and join in on June 22 at 10:27am. Cllr Sonia Winifred,

Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, who herself is a member of the Windrush generation, said:  “This celebration has added significance at a time when the Black Lives Matter campaign has once again placed the spotlight on the racist and despicable treatment experienced by the Windrush Generation under the Hostile Environment Policy which ultimately destroyed many Black people’s lives”.

The recording in the video is done by the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival, performed by actor and musician Nickolai Salcedo.

Jamaican born Desmond Dekker released “You Can Get It If You Really Want”, which was written by Jimmy Cliff, in 1970 when it reached number two in the UK charts. Dekker, who later lived in south London and died in 2006 is now buried in Streatham Park Cemetery.
The Windrush Generation have made a tremendous contribution to British life and that has never been more evident or important to celebrate than now. Colourful Radio, at colourfulradio.com, will be broadcasting the song, and encourage everyone to tune in. The song, lyrics and artwork can be downloaded from love.lambeth.gov.uk/windrushday.

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