I’ve been quieter than normal in updating the site over the last few months so apologies. But I do have some mitigating reasons.
I’ve recently completed an hour long documentary called Made In Birmingham: Reggae Punk Bhangra
As the title suggests, the film concentrates on those 3 genres of music and uses rare and unseen archive material interlaced with contemporary interviews with musicians such as UB40, Steel Pulse, Beshara, Swami, The Nightingales, Au Pairs, Amlak, The Prefects, Fuzzbox, The Ever Readies, The Accused, Apna Sangeeta and others.

We’ve taken a look at how these groups started, the venues they played in and how they music they made reflected their communities social, political and cultural issues. Directed by Deborah Aston and produced by swish for the Birmingham Popular Music Archive the film takes a fond look at Birmingham and some of its music heritage.

The film can currently be seen at the Midland Art Centre in the ‘plug in’ exhibition space (free entry) and we are hoping to have some public screenings later in the year after we hopefully get some festival screenings.

I’ll also be putting a 5 minute trailer on the site in the next few weeks to whet your appetite!