To celebrate South Asian Heritage Month, Sangam Festival in association with Chocolate Fireguard and Timeless Festival present an eclectic lineup at the Parish, Queen Street.
Indian Man (WOMAD resident), Manasamitra (Supriya Nagarajan – Worldwide FM), Silverfinger Singh (BBC Radio Leeds), and DJ Deepsta (World Bhangra Day) will feature in this special event on 4 August 2021.
Curator for the 4th August event is Pat Fulgoni, who many years ago ran the much-missed Timeless Festival in Ravensknowle Park.
He said: “It’s a real coup getting WOMAD resident Indian Man up here, especially seeing as WOMAD Festival UK has been cancelled this year.
“We’ve got him coming up from Bristol to play alongside 2 radio selectors. Supriya from Manasamitra has her own show on Worldwide FM and Silverfinger Singh has an Asian mixtape show on BBC Radio Leeds. If ever there was a time for young producers and artists to access these tastemakers now is the time, as they are all coming to Huddersfield! So aside from it being an amazing musical experience I’d encourage folks to come along, and bring their demos too. In addition, DJ Deepsta is a bit of a legend too, running World Bhangra Day from his base in Huddersfield!”
Well, Pat is certainly enthusiastic about this event, and you can find out why below…
INDIAN MAN (WOMAD resident)
Punjabi Indian influence is brought to us by way of this Bristol-based producer, dipping into musical influences from his childhood to create a tuneful tapestry with threads of good old UK dub and jungle thrown in for good measure.
After a decade of travelling the highways and byways with his music, with a bag full of everything from funk and jazz to Bhangra, the Indian Man project was born three years ago out of a desire to merge his groundbreaking ‘East meets West’ sound on dancefloors worldwide.
Indian Man takes influence from everywhere he goes, weaving it into the sounds he creates. Since returning from his WOMAD resident DJ tour of Chile, Gran Canaria, and the UK, he is constantly on the move playing festivals worldwide. Whether rocking Shangri La at Glastonbury or Jai Ho in the New Orleans underground, Indian Man brings you the finest world fusions of electronica and unique musical inspiration from all corners of the globe.
MANASAMITRA (Supriya Nagarajan – Worldwide FM)
Performing ‘Srichakram – The Ultimate space’ – inspired by the undulating (read: hilly!) landscape of Yorkshire comes the dawn and dusk chorus of the birds accompanied by the distinctive sounds of the flugelhorn and dulcet Indian vocals. Bhakti (devotion) and serenity lie at the core of this journey.
Supriya Nagarajan plays with different languages from the North to the South of India to awaken the senses and reach out to the meditative inner core of the brain. Accompanying her on this journey is Duncan Chapman on flugelhorn, field recordings and electronics.
This cultural and musical juxtaposition of words and sounds will create a restful and peaceful interlude. Supriya Nagarajan is a UK-based vocalist and composer who creates cross-cultural, cross-genre concept-driven immersive music work.
She is the Artistic Director of Manasamitra, a UK-based arts charity and a passionate advocate for fair access in the music sector. Apart from Dusk Notes, recent releases were on the Come Play with me and Café Oto’s Takuroku labels. Supriya also hosts a radio show on Worldwide FM.
SILVERFINGER SINGH (BBC Radio Leeds)
Leeds-based Artist & BBC Radio Broadcaster SilverFinger Singh has music in his blood and is the son of percussion maestro GoldFinger (Fun-Da-Mental, Transglobal Underground, Ian Brown) who will join him on stage alongside MC Oova (Bluefoot Project). As well as supporting legendary acts such as Panjabi MC, Ian Brown, Sugarhill Gang & many more he presents ‘The Mixtape’ on BBC Radio Leeds where he brings the sound of Asian Fusion to promote Brown Excellence on BBC Radio.
SilverFinger Singh’s debut release in 2018 ‘Education Road EP’ put him firmly on the map with radio support from the BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Manchester, Punjab 2000, Irvine Beat FM, Sabras Radio, Radio2Funky, Switch Radio, Lyca Radio, Radio XL, Fever FM, RadiAsian.London, Kohinoor FM, Radio Sangam & Soho Radio, as well as support from numerous tastemakers in the scene. Now that’s a lot of support, which speaks volumes in itself about his talent and promise.
DJ DEEPSTA (World Bhangra Day)
DJ Deepsta is local as they come, leading the way in Bhangra across the globe. He’s the founder of World Bhangra Day and the ground-breaking Bhangra Lexicon project. You can expect a range of old-school hits and a few underground gems from his sets.
Sangam Festival has brought a deluge of exciting events to Huddersfield, and will continue to do so up until August 17th when the festival ends. The enigmatic Fulgoni had a few words to say about why he was eager to get involved:
“Above all else, this is a Sangam Festival event. I am a fan of what Qaisar (Festival Director, CEO of Communities Together and Radio Sangam) and the team are trying to do so was happy to get an event like this going for them. I wish we still had a Mela in this town and
I enjoyed programming this kind of vibe at Timeless back in the day incorporating talent like Transglobal Underground and Panjabi Hit Squad in the mix.
“The word “Sangam” literally means ‘come together’. The month-long festival is a community festival celebrating South Asian arts, culture and heritage. The aim is to bring people together to enjoy the heritage and multi-arts events in a spirit of celebration, positivity and harmony. I believe we need much more of these vibes in the world right now”.
You can get your tickets for the event HERE.
And here’s a taste of the sort of vibe you can expect!