This fascinating documentary details the impact of Caribbean immigration on British music culture

Music platform Boiler Room teamed with Pi Studios for 'Migrant Sound'

Published On
Sep 21, 2018

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A fascinating new branded documentary series by music platform Boiler Room explores how the immigration of Afro-Caribbeans to the U.K. in the 1950s, the so-called "Windrush Generation," had a major impact on British music culture.

Boiler Room teamed up with Amsterdam-based Pi Studios (We Are Pi's entertainment company) for the content series, which is available across Boiler Room’s social channels and streaming platform 4:3. It consists of four episodes, with the themes of "Arrival," "Racism," "Identity" and "Legacy," and includes footage from past and present, combining societal history with personal family anecdotes. Contributors include journalist Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff of Gal Dem, dance music artist A Guy Called Gerald, first-wave punk artist Melodie and her daughters, members of Skinny Girl Diet , as well as young photographer Rhianne Clarke, activist Charlie Wilson and up-and-coming musician Fredwave .

The series was directed by Jeremy Cole, while Pi Studios created the concept and co-produced the series with London-based production company My Accomplice.

Ravi Amaratunga Hitchcock, head of Pi Studios and executive producer of Migrant Sound, comments: “With this series, we wanted to subvert what a music show could do and change the discourse around Windrush in the process. We've given the topic a new young perspective both in terms of style and narrative so that it will hopefully attract audiences beyond music lovers."

It's part of a wider campaign by Boiler Room titled "System," which aims to celebrate migration in a positive light at a time when anti-immigration feelings are riding high in Europe. In particular, the Windrush generation has been in the U.K. news this summer when it emerged that some migrants who arrived on the "Windrush" boat in the 1950s had later been threatened with deportation as they lacked documentation.

In a similar spirit, Spotify previously released its "I'm With the Banned" campaign, which gave a platform and support to refugee artists who had been affected by recent U.S. travel policies. 


Sep 21, 2018
Executive Producer :
Joe Alexander
Executive Producer :
Stephen Mai
Researcher :
Bradley Steptoe
Agency :
Pi Studios-Amsterdam
Series Executive Producer :
Ravi Amaratunga Hitchcock
Series Producer :
Francesca Ali Mirza
Development Producer :
Alice Lewis
Production Director :
Kim Buttery
Casting Producer :
Kandise Abiola
Production Company :
My Accomplice
Director :
Jeremy Ngatho Cole
Producer :
Aleksandra Bilic
Producer :
Jenny Broad
2nd Unit Director :
Olivia Emes
Executive Producer :
Jamie Clark
Head of Production :
Jess Wylie
Researcher :
Chardine Taylor­-Stone
Researcher :
Emma Finamore
Archive Researcher :
Sue Cunningham
Editor :
Julian Fletcher
Editor :
David Graham
Composer :
Kwake Bass
Music Supervisor :
Steph Perrin
Post Production House :
Okay Studio
Post Producer :
Honor Page
Colorist :
Ludovic Roussaux
Online Editor :
Faris Hallaq
Dubbing Mixer :
Mark Whitfield
Visual Identity & Title Design :
Pierre Gilles
Visual Identity & Title Design :
Kazimier Salemink
Visual Identity & Title Design :
Jack Samels
Visual Identity & Title Design :
Finn White­Thomson
With Thanks to :
Red Stripe
With Thanks to :
Gal Dem
With Thanks to :
With Thanks to :
Catherine Ross
With Thanks to :
The Windrush Movement
With Thanks to :
Cloud9 Music
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Pogus Caesar
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OOM Gallery Archive
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Kino Library
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Bristol Archives

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