The heart of Brixton is the Market, open every day selling produce from all over the world.
Brixton is a vibrant inner London suburb, capital of the Jamaican community of London. Windrush Square between Lambeth Town Hall and the Tate Library was formed to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the modern British Afro-Caribbean community on the Empire Windrush
There is a massive clubbing and live music scene with world renowned venues such as the Mass, the Fridge, the 414, Brixton Academy amongst others. Drum and Bass producer Dillinja is from here. Former British Prime Minister John Major spent part of his childhood in a two-room flat off Coldharbour Lane, and started his political career as a Lambeth Councillor while still living in the area. In the Borough of Lambeth, Brixton has been visited by Nelson Mandela, bombed by neo-nazi David Copeland and has been the scene of various race riots in the 80's and 90's, the most recent of which was in response to yet another death in police custody of a young black man.
The song Electric Avenue was written by Eddie Grant referring to part of the market (come out of the tube, turn left then left again) which was the first street in Britain to be lit with electric lamps. The market sells a huge range of Afro Caribbean products amongst others.
Director Richard Parry shot a film here (released in 2001) called South West Nine (SW9), referring to the post code covering much of central Brixton. Confusingly, this post code is actually for Stockwell, whereas SW2 (the Brixton Hill sorting office) also covers much of Streatham Hill