African Diaspora, black England, black germany, black london

Candace Allen discusses her novel Valaida on BBC Radio

From BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour

Valaida Snow was a black jazz song and dance performer in the 1920s and 30s, who famously also played solo trumpet in a man’s world. She toured around the world until she fell foul of the German occupying force in Denmark.

Candace Allen

Now Candace Allen has painstakingly pieced together Valaida’s life and dramatised it into a novel, Valaida. Candace joins Jenni to tell her why Valaida’s story appealed to her and how the racism that she encountered in her life is still prevalent today.

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