Southall: Music and life

17 Jun 2009

Event times

18.30 — 21.00

Cost of entry

£6 / £4 concessions

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Southall: Music and life


The London community of Southall has made a phenomenal but under acknowledged contribution to UK music, arts and politics. By the mid 1970s its record shops became not only source of a fabulous range of South Asian music but also key social gathering places. The riots of 1979 released a new freedom and confidence among young Brit Asians and encouraged the flowering of Bhangra: a musical fusion that spread from the corner shops to massive international popularity. A screening of For the Record: the social life of Indian vinyl in Southall (Dir, Kuldip Powar 2008) is followed by an insightful and inspiring celebrity discussion chaired by composer and producer Kuljit Bhamra, exploring the story of Southall through its remarkable musical history. Panellists include singers Mohinder Kaur Bhamra and Poko (Misty In Roots), musicians Bhupinder Khambay (Black Mist) and Keith Waithe, film maker Kuldip Powar, and DJ & Radio presenter Ritu. The foyer will exhibit photographs, Indian musical instruments and bookstalls, open from 17.30. This event forms part of The Southall Story, a series of public events, performances, exhibitions and forums celebrating the achievements over the last thirty years, by an inspired community. Visit for more details.


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