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Louise Chandler and Kemi-Bo Millar

Louise Chandler and Kemi-Bo Millar

Two birthday bounces for Berkshire show!

Louise Chandler's show on BBC Radio Berkshire marks two years of celebrating Afro-Caribbean culture and community every Sunday night from 9pm. Here she looks back on the past few years.

It's been another jam packed two years – from Mary Genis who was the very first guest on the show to Gary and Michelle from Diverzion who helped to celebrate the anniversary of the first Birthday show.

This month has been a great opportunity to re-visit previous guests to find out what they've been up to since appearing on the show, in the past year.

So far, we've caught up with local reggae musician I-Jay who performed live in the studio in April.

Lennox Carty

Bev and her band Climate Change came in to the studio in August 2007 to perform jazz and reggae tunes and we caught up with her to find out that the band are still enjoying great success and playing at local Berkshire venues regularly.

Lennox Carty wished the show a 'Happy Birthday' by dedicating the Bob Marley track Don't Rock My Boat and also told you about his music poetry album he's releasing for Black History Month this year.

During the past year I've been proud to have guests from our community.

In January it was all about 'New year new you' with guests such as lifestyle coach Marigold Nunes, hairdresser Maxine Small and Dance Teachers Kimberley and Rhona.

In March Jackie Daniel and Jeff Hinds came in to the studio to talk about the Drugs and Weapon's conference they organised to get the community involved in taking action.

Donette Buckridge bravely shared her experiences of and encouraged listeners to be brave and acknowledge the problem.

Reading Community Carnival 2008

The show caught up with Rusty Lee about her cookery book and I was honoured to talk music with Ruby Turner.

Legendary Reggae music label Greensleeves celebrated its 30th Anniversary in November and founding member Chris Cracknell came in to the studio to share his favourite songs and reminiscence about the hits!

All of these topics have provided a fantastic opportunity for members of the community to share their stories and experiences with the rest of Berkshire and to give you the chance to learn more about our community and culture.

We've even kept up with events in the Caribbean with Live Link-up's from the Trinidad carnival to St Patrick's Day celebrations in Montserrat to name a few.

Telling stories

The show has been lucky enough to be involved with local events such as the Reading Community Carnival. Despite the rain and wind, Kemi and I were able to provide exciting coverage of the day and enjoy the festivities.

Empire Windrush, 1948

Empire Windrush, 1948

June was the 60th anniversary of the SS Empire Windrush arriving in England.

This was a great chance for the show to reflect on the contributions that the Afro-Caribbean community made to England and indeed Berkshire.

The Windrush Generation: Look How Far We've Come series of documentaries paid homage to those who arrived from 1948 to help revive the country after the Second World War.

Local contributors included retired nurse Shirley Graham Paul, ex-cricket player Leo Jones and magazine publisher Keith Seville who shared their stories and insights.

Throughout the year Kemi has updated you with upcoming events, from parties to theatre shows, seminars and gigs, and you've been giving us your updates.

Keep them coming! Kemi loves to know what's going on in your world and only you can tell us.

The show isn't the only thing celebrating its birthday!

BBC Radio Berkshire helped to launch the UK Black Podcast a year ago and it's still going strong!

Whenever you want to hear the latest news and views from Afro-Caribbean communities across England, then feel free to access the free 20 minute programme every week via:

It's a great chance to keep up to date with this show but also the rest of the country as well.

So what have we got coming up for you in our third year then?

October is fast approaching so the show will be celebrating and acknowledging Black History Month. Get in touch with your thoughts:

Finally, let me take this opportunity to say a big thank you for your continued support!

Remember to keep in touch and get involved with the show or contribute your feedback – we always love to hear from you.

Here's to another successful and thriving year.

last updated: 03/09/2008 at 14:45
created: 27/08/2008

Have Your Say

What's been your favourite moment on the Louise Chandler Show?

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Dear Lou,You and Kemi are doing a FAB job...all the very best keep up the good work.

Mark straker
Happy Birthdaykeep the show Going From strength to strength

Tony Tokunbo Fernandez
I suppose every moment has been profoundly special. Its hard to qualify the depth and the vision that many of the guests have experienced and expressed. There is beauty inside all of us.Louise is a pride to our Community. I am proud of the what she is representing and I sure the future is so bright.Keep up the great work

Winston Ellis
I would like to wish the show a very happy 2nd birthday, and many more to come God Bless

Rebecca Fajebe
Happy,Happy Glorious 2nd Birthday.I truly want to say it's a blessing celebrating with you and I pray for many more wonderful years of entertainment from you.I want to thank you for all the help and support for the young people in regards to the University fee issues we have with the System.The petition is with the PM now and we are awaiting a outcome soonest.Thanks once again and we wish you the very best with radio Berkshire.

Chants team
We would like to thank you very much for giving chants the oppurtunity to be part of your show and hope you continue to offer elements of the Afro -carribean comunity the support and exposure it needs.

Louise /Kemi.Great show keep the good work up.

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