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Jamaican Influence on British Culture
Transcript of Jamaican Influence on British Culture
How Money and Power Structures Increased Migrations to England
During the 1950s, Britain's economy was suffering greatly and the nation was plagued with high labor shortages after World War II. The British government ultimately looked to its overseas colonies for help and encouraged migration in an effort to fill the many job vacancies. - Wikipedia
Jamaica: An English Colony (1655-1962)
Brixton has long been considered the home of London's West Indian community, ever since the first Jamaican immigrants settled there after arriving on the Empire Windrush in 1948. Many new arrivals ended up in the area because they were temporarily housed in nearby Clapham South, and the closest employment centre was in Brixton. -
The Daily Telegraph
Habits of Dwelling: Brixton, South London
The New Commonwealth Migrants
"Nearly half a million blacks move to Britain in the fifties in search of a better life" - History Today
Images retrieved from paphotos.co.uk and Museum of London's online archive
This 5 minute video focuses on some English natives' views on the booming migration period during the 50s and 60s
Influence on: Language
Slang in London is a mixture of Patois and rhyming cockney. These are scenes from a popular movie called
. I apologize in advance for the explicit language. Even though this is a movie, it clearly shows the influence Jamaican language has had on the youth in England as youth from all ethnic backgrounds tend to understand and/or talk like this.
Influence on: Music
Many English bands feature Jamaican artists, use of Jamaican language or use of Jamaican instruments such as steelpans. This is a popular song currently in the Top 10 on the U.K. charts
Influence on: Food
Popular food chains and food items in England that are oriented around Jamaican food