Thursday 1 March 2007 

Sport And Music United: Kent Heroes Celebrated

Music For Change is teaming up with Kent Spitfires and local schools to co-ordinate an exciting new project, based on the contribution of Black and Asian cricketers to the success of Kent County Cricket over the last century.

The lives and careers of cricketing legends John Shepherd, Asif Iqbal, Bernard Julien and Carl Hooper will all be under the microscope in CRICKET ROOTS - a new initiative which will fuse music and visual arts with the world of sport to create a unique exhibition and memoir of the men. The project has also already unearthed one of the earliest records of an overseas cricketer playing in England – Kanwar Singh who played for Kent in 1901.

Young people from a range of city schools will research information on the cricketers - supported by a Canterbury Cathedral Archives genealogist. They will also be encouraged to contact the individuals involved, as well as families and friends to gather new material about them. The findings will then be presented at a range of public events in the form of music, song and performance, as well as an exhibition in the City Museum and at the St Lawrence ground. The music workshops will be led by Calypso expert Alex ander D’Great, who recorded cricket calypso ‘Lash Dem Lara’ in the 1990s.

Doug Noble – Project Manager for Music For Change said:
“We are very pleased to be working for the first time with Kent Spitfires as we feel that music and sport share a common philosophy – to unite. This is an especially exciting project which will document for the first time the contribution that these men made not only to cricket but to our community here in Canterbury and East Kent .

This project will give young people an exciting opportunity to gain an understanding of the multi-cultural heritage of Canterbury and Kent County Cricket Club, and to have fun doing so.”

The project has been generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and by Canterbury City Council.