The headstone & footstone of Scipio Africanus in Bristol.
Scipio Africanus was a slave (named after the Roman general) who died in Bristol in 1720 at the age of 18. He is one of the few slaves in England for whom any record is preserved. Read more about him at Wikipedia. His name is chanted in the chorus of Bristol Roots by Black Roots, which we played for you this week and you can hear it right now by clicking the link to Wake The Town, found just after the playlist below.
Poly Styrene: Colour Blind -- Generation Indigo (Year Zero 2011)
Black Chow: Wonderland -- Jahtarian Dubbers Vol. 2 (Jahtari 2010)
Black Roots: Bristol Rock -- Bristol Reggae Explosion 1978-83 (Bristol Archive 2011)
Dennis Brown: Malcolm X -- Dennis Brown At Joe Gibbs (17 North Parade/VP 2011)
Anthony "Sangie" Davis & Lee Perry: Words -- Open The Gate (Trojan 1989)
Dubkasm: No Retreat (Flute Instrumental) (Sufferer's Choice 2011)
Count Owen & His Calypsonians: Go Fife Go -- Calypsos Down Jamaica Way (Dub Store Records 2005)
Hue B & The Tuff Scout Allstars: Everyday Thing & Version (Tuff Scout 2011)
Sugar Minott: Sheriff John Brown (Dug Out 2011)
Watershell: Deep Field View -- Far Away In Time 2 (Echo Beach 2001)
Peikko & Lassi: Pula Dub (Sahko 2011)
Earl Sixteen: Reggae Sound -- Reggae Sound (Dread At The Controls 2011)
Joe White & The Wadonians: You'll Never Find Another Version (Selah Waddadah 2011)
Shackleton: Deadman (Honest Jon's 2011)
Willie Williams: Solid Rock I Stand -- Tempo Explosion (Dug Out 2011)
The Black Roots Players: Temp Dub -- Tempo Explosion (Dug Out 2011)
Twilight Circus: Achou -- Dub From The Secret Vaults (ROIR 2004)
Perilelle: Who Am I To Complain? -- Fog Like This (Ind. 2010)
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Poly Styrene 1957-2011 RIP. Poly was born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said. She recorded "Silly Billy," a reggae song, as Mari Elliot in 1975 or 1976. Then she saw the Sex Pistols. Then she formed X-Ray Spex.
Her like will not be here again.