Listening Project

Conversation between mother and daughter, Jan and Ama, about their dreadlocks, their relationship and their identity.

  • Add a note
    Log in to add a note at the bottom of this page.
  • All notes
  • My notes
  • Hide notes
Please click to leave a note

The British Library Board acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors to this recording and the rights of those not identified.
Legal and ethical usage »

Tags (top 25):
(No tags found for this item)
  • Type


  • Duration


  • Shelf mark


  • Recording date


  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    BBC Broadcasting House, London

  • Interviewees

    McKenley, Jan , 1955- (female, civil servant), McKenley-Ballantyne, Ama , 1983- (female, primary school teacher)

  • Producers

    BBC Radio 4

  • Recordist

    Catt, Georgia

  • Abstract

    Jan and Ama talk about their dreadlocks - why they have them, what it says about them, their relationship and their identity. For Jan they are about celebrating her blackness - part of her identity and the black is beautiful culture which she still feels very much part of. For Ama they are just how she looks. Ama talks about disliking people who make judgements about her based on her dreadlocks and blackness. They talk about how they describe themselves - Ama says for her, black doesn't come into it. She is a female Londoner - woman has, she feels, replaced black as the new fight.

  • Description

    The Listening Project conversations collectively form a picture of our lives and relationships today. Recordings were made by BBC producers of people sharing an intimate conversation, lasting up to an hour and on a topic of the speakers' choice.

  • Related images

    Photograph of participants

  • Metadata record:

    View full metadata for this item