BASS Festival 2010- Handsworth Revolution

BASS Festival 2010- Handsworth Revolution

This year’s BASS Festival travels back to a pivotal moment to examine the impact of Black music on the political tensions that existed in the 60’s and 70’s Birmingham.

As part of the month-long festival, taking place across Birmingham, discussions with a panel of guests will take place on Thursday 17 June at the newly refurbished mac at 7.30pm. Speakers will include Dr Bob Ramdhanie, who founded the Handsworth Cultural Centre and manages successful gospel choir, Black Voices.

Handsworth Revolution Revisited focuses on the moment in 1978 when Steel Pulse released ‘Handsworth Revolution’, an album that gave a voice to the young providing a soundtrack to the story of communities’ struggles to assert themselves in the years that followed.

Ammo Talwar, Director of Punch Records, who organise BASS Festival, said:
“This was a defining time for Black music both regionally and nationally, and the event takes a retrospective look back at key moments that summed up the mood of the time. Handsworth has such a rich history of music and we should celebrate this on a more regular basis.”

Taking place for the fifth consecutive year, BASS festival sees a range of music and arts events in venues across the city, including the Custard Factory, Hare and Hounds, mac, Rainbow Warehouse, and The Rep. The theme of this year’s festival is DNA, looking at both personal DNA and the heritage of music.

Organised by Punch Records, this year’s programme of events and performances will include the controversial ‘Protest: Fight the Power: Twenty Years of the Political Poster’; Birmingham’s award-winning hip hop collective Smash Bro’z; and Desert Boy, an acappella musical telling the story of music through the ages from Mali to hip hop, and slave songs to rap.
Tickets for the Handsworth Revolution Revisited Exhibition are on sale now. For more information and ticket enquiries visit www.macarts.co.uk or telephone 0121 446 3232.

For more information on BASS Festival and line-up announcements, visit www.bassfestival.co.uk

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