Every Kinda People is a podcast series that documents and celebrates the  amazing stories of extraordinary people living in Notting Hill Genesis homes.

Since 2020 we have partnered with Digital:Works to offer training residents within our communities who would like to learn about sound recording, interviewing and what goes into making an audio podcast. 

Inspired by BBC Radio 4 shows Desert Island Discs and Inheritance Tracks, the shows invite you to connect with interesting people and the music that has influenced their lives.

The second series launched in June 2022 and featured twelve residents, including artists, musicians, DJs and writers, from a range of backgrounds and with a wide variety of interests, have been featured in this latest series.

Some of those featured in the second series include:

  • Drusilla – an 85-year-old artist who spent her life hanging out with bohemians and fellow artists, still paints now, also recorded her own music album on independent record label Cherry Red records and modelled for Vogue.
  • Dean – a West London DJ and music collector involved in the 90’s rave and hip Hop scenes, speaks passionately about his love of music and growing up in multicultural Kilburn.
  • Caleb – a semi professional footballer from Nigeria who is now a member of Say It Loud Club, a group set up in 2010 to support LGBTQ+ refugees, with whom Notting Hill Genesis works closely. Caleb is a Say it Loud ambassador and captain of their football team.
  • Hilda – now in her 90s, she sang across Scandinavia as part of a group called The Good Companions, has spoken in schools about her experiences in the war and has been interviewed by Ruby Wax on TV.

Series two

Released June 2022

Series one

Released December 2020

Hardship in wartime Britain, hanging out in bohemian Soho, father-son love, world cup anthems, and Bolero as a mathematic progression.

This is Peter’s story.

Songs mentioned include:
Danse Macabre Saint Saens
Bolero , London Symphony Orchestra - Georgiev
Non Ho L'Eta - Gigliola Cinquetti
Je Ne Regrette Rien - Edith Piaf
Mr Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan
Nessun Dorma , Andrea Bocelli - buy
Ode to Joy - Symphony No 9
Mio Babbino Caro, Puccini - Montserrat Caballe
Hey Jude - The Beatles

The Belfast Bombings, Sunday Service at the Presbyterian Church, life in the swinging 60s, radical feminist collectives and Japanese Buddhism.

This Margaret’s story.

Songs mentioned include:
I am Woman - Helen Reddy
White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
Rock Island Line - Lonnie Donegan
House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals
Ode To Joy Final Movement From Symphony No.9, Op.125

Life as an overseas engineer, Latin and calypso music, West Indian parties of the 70s, singing and evenings at the Tottenham Court Road Dominion.

[Hollis lives in one of our extra care schemes, and lives with dementia]

This is Hollis’ story.

Songs mentioned include:
Nature Boy - Nat King Cole
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Me And Mrs Jones - Billy Paul

Listening to Top of the Pops, life before ‘Care in the Community’, running competitively and gold medals in the special Olympics.

This is Paul's Story.

Songs mentioned include:
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly
Chariots of fire – Vangelis
You are everything – Stylistics
My first, my last, my everything- Barry White
Always and forever – Heatwave
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

From Brazil to Lake Como, To Sir With Love, learning to Meditate and Ibiza in 96’

This is Francisco’s story.

Songs mentioned include:
To Sir With Love - Lulu
O Bêbado e a Equilibrista - Elis Regina
Shaday - Ofra Haza
Enjoy The Silence - Depeche Mode
Watermark - Enya
Salma Ya Salama - Dalida
Children - Robert Miles
Insomnia - Faithless

School in Trinidad, playing the steel pan, travelling and the beauty of playing classical music on the pan.

This is Mark's Story.

Growing up in Hammersmith, punk and reggae from the 80’s, Dolly Parton ringtones, and the cultural mix of Goldbourne road.

This is Jenny's story.

Songs mentioned include:
You Got Me Singing - Leonard Cohen
The Snake - Oscar Brown Junior
Moonlight in Vermont - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Anji - Paul Simon
Now That We Found Love - Third World
Sodade - Cesaria Evora
Beside You - Van Morrison
Rosa Branca - Mariza

From Harley Street to Lagos, coming out to a Nigerian parent, seeing Britney in Vegas, strutting down the dancefloor and gaining a doctorate.

This is Sebastian’s Story.

Songs mentioned include:
Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
How Great Thou Art [Hymn]
Slightest Touch - Five Star
That’s the Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson
Mo Money, Mo Problems - Notorious BIG
Boo! - Sticky ft. Ms Dynamite
Crazy in Love - Beyonce
Satisfied - Hamilton the Musical Soundtrack
Sweet Mother - Prince Nico Mbarga

Acoustic guitars, all-nighters at Les Cousins, watching live folk music and running his own record distribution company.

Keep an ear out for one of Keith's own songs! Written and played by Keith himself.

This is Keith’s story.

Songs mentioned include:
Catch the Wind - Donovan
May You Never - John Martyn
River Man - Nick Drake
God Bless the Child - Billie Holliday [from the Lady Sings the Blues album]
Rehab - Amy Whinehouse
She Loves You - The Beatles

A family of trained accomplished musicians, singing with Odyssey, music therapy sessions and caring for Nina Simone in Marseille.

Includes a bonus track! Keep an ear out for one of Janet’s very own songs.

This is Janet’s Story.

Songs mentioned include:
Claire De Lune - Claude Debussy
Save The Last Dance For Me - The Drifters
Native New Yorker - Odessy
Baltimore - Nina Simone
Last Year's Diary - Janet Cofie
Careless Whisper - George Michael