Bhangrafest 06 brings together the scene’s leading players on two large dome stages hosted by BBC Asian Network presenters Sonia Deol and Bobby Friction.
The City has played host to the enormous international growth of this rich and exciting musical genre with many of bhangra’s leading artists and record companies based there.
Confirmed artists in this internationally booming music genre include :
Alaap – The veteran act initiated the Bhangra movement as we know it, and have been legends for over 20 years with a huge following in the Indian subcontinent.
Achanak – These seasoned players have recently seen their music immortalised in the Xbox 360’s – Project Gotham City 3 interactive game. They also became the first bhangra band to have their material licensed in China and Hong Kong.
Apna Group – Like Alaap, this Birmingham based band have been performing for over 20 years. Known for their more traditional performances, Apna have carved out a niche in this market.
Dalvinder Singh – Represents the new breed of bhangra bands. The band includes two brothers who have come from a musical background where their father was a major force in the bhangra industry in the 70’s and 80’s.
If you can’t make the event in person you can listen to all the acts on the BBC Asian Network on DAB radio on satellite and digital tv or online at www.bbc.co.ukl/asiannetwork