For the influx of South Asian immigrants to Bradford in the 1950s and 1960s, a sense of home would have been difficult to come by. Asian cafe jukeboxes and Bollywood movies may have provided some cultural connection, but it was not until the late 1980s that this British Asian community found its own voice through a series of Wednesday afternoon club events.
These “day timers” brought together young British Asians from west Yorkshire to listen to homegrown bhangra records from the likes of Bally Sagoo and Apache Indian, away from the watchful gaze of their parents. A cultural haven, the word-of-mouth happenings took over some of the biggest venues in Bradford, such as the 3,000-capacity Maestro’s, and spawned a generation of Asian DJs. The story of this musical community now forms part of a new exhibition, Above the Noise, at National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.
Read the feature in the Guardian.
[This piece was published on 15/03/19]