Reflecting on cultural routes and heritage this month we get to know a bit more about our resident DJ's who's backgrounds range from South Asia, West Indies, Britain and Spain aside from the multiple other guests we have had on the station.
We embrace these cultural variations and see how the power of music has enabled us all to connect through our different influences and celebrate the diverse selection it creates to our catalogue and network.
With it being South Asian Heritage Month we firstly introduce you to our morning show on a Monday and Friday, Karachi-born Sobia. Sobia (a.k.a Snob) was known as one of the few female drummers in her country, Pakistan, during the early 2000's. After moving permanently to the UK in 2019 she describes the city as the "urban backbone of the country". She will delve deeper into her background alongside a selection of artists whose work has been highly influential by South Asian Heritage during her show on Monday 15th August 09.00-11.00.
South Asian Heritage Month has been established since 2020 and takes place across July and August, from Monday 18th July until Wednesday 17th August celebrating South Asia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. You can find out more here about specific events organised by the founders who wanted a clearer understanding of the connections between British and South Asian connections.
With the fast approaching event we know as Notting Hill Carnival at the end of August, across the Bank Holiday weekend, we celebrate the Caribbean culture through music, food, dance and the arts. A smaller scale celebration also takes place the same weekend in Yorkshire, known as Leeds Carnival.
Our very own Tuesday night 'Art Thou' resident James Orbart was born in Jamaica back in the early 90's to an English Dad and Jamaican Mum. He moved over to the UK at the age of one and as a passionate DJ and producer recently released a track of his own titled 'Montigo Bay' (a little spin on the spelling) not to forget the fact that the Montego Bay is actually located in the Parish of Saint James! His track was so good we made it Track of The Week back in June.
Check it out here:
On Thursday 25th August he is going to curate a show of his own to this theme and his heritage. Set a memo in your phones or a note in your diaries for Monday 15th 09.00-11.00 for Snob Series South Asian Special and Thursday 25th 19.00-21.00 for James's show Art Though Carnival.
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