Tag Archives: City Group Singers

Mementos of Steve Kitson

Sunday 12 November 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of Steven Kitson. Steve was born in 1957 as the eldest child of the South African communists and anti-apartheid activists David and Norma Kitson. In the 1980s, he became … Continue reading

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Soundscapes of the Non-Stop Picket

As former Non-Stop Picketers gather in London for the funeral of Ken Bodden, who was so central to the musical culture of the picket, it seems appropriate to share some of the sounds of their anti-apartheid protest. From its earliest … Continue reading

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Ken Bodden: anti-imperialist singer (1950 – 2013)

Another former activist from the Non-Stop Picket died this week.  Ken Bodden, who during the time of the Non-Stop Picket worked politically under the name Ken Hughes, died on 20 October following a heart attack. Ken had experienced a number of … Continue reading

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“Creating solidarity”: a video of a talk on creative (anti-apartheid) activism

Back in September I spoke at a workshop at the Watershed in Bristol organised by Michael Buser from the University of the West of England.  The workshop was on the theme of “Creative Practice, activism, and place-based identities”.  My talk was … Continue reading

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Memorial celebration of Solomon Odeleye (27 October 2012)

We have been asked to publicize the details of the memorial celebration for Solomon Odeleye.  This will take place at 2.00 – 3.30pm on Saturday 27 October 2012, at Primrose Hill Community Centre 29 Hopkinson’s Place, Fitzroy Road London, NW1 … Continue reading

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Boredom and creativity in Bristol

Let’s face it, although there was lots of excitement to be had on the Non-Stop Picket, sometimes the hours dragged by slowly and picketing could be boring.  But, that wasn’t always a bad thing.  Sometimes periods of boredom led to … Continue reading

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Creative practice, activism and place-identities seminar (Bristol, 4 September 2012)

Here are details of an event I’ll be talking at in Bristol in September.  My talk is called “Creating solidarity: performance and material culture in British anti-apartheid direct action”  I’ll be talking about the songs, banners, placards and creative acts … Continue reading

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