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Creative Conversations

Pepe Francis MBE

Creative Conversations

Episode 1: Pepe Francis


Welcome to Creative Conversations, a podcast series where Morley College students and Morley Radio volunteers meet with local role models in the creative industries, they will tell us first hand their career paths and how they got to where they are today, hopefully inspiring the next generation of creatives who live and study in the borough, as well as our listeners. This podcast is brought to you by Morley Radio and The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.


We’re honoured to be launching “Creative Conversations” with a series of episodes highlighting the achievements of Black creatives in our community as part of celebrating Black history month.


Our first guest is Pepe Francis MBE, leader of champion steel band group, Ebony, which he formed in 1969. Ebony have gone on to win the Panorama competition 22 times to date – and Pepe’s work for the youth and community led him to receive both an MBE from Prince Charles in 2011 for his Services to Steel Pan Music as well as the Mayor’s Award for his voluntary work in Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Pepe is currently Director of The Notting Hill Carnival Trust Enterprise and has been the President of The British Association of Steel Bands for over 30 years.


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