In July we brought together the legendary reggae singer-songwriter Basil Gabbidon, along with a host of musicians playing music from Eastern Europe. With no audience except for the cameraman and soundman, we recorded these two cultures coming together to create beautiful music.
In the spirit of the second lockdown, we’re livestreaming this for you. Enjoy Eastern European music for the first half then get ready to enjoy the vibes of Basil and his band.
Featuring local musicians: Jobe Sullivan Music, Andrzej Rogowski, Dalma Sinka, Edwin Podolski, Stefan Stefanov, Ilias Lintzos.
They are an ensemble of diverse musicians with heritage from Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece and Ireland and sharing their music via broadcast from Birmingham.
Expect beautiful melodies and catchy dance tunes played on violin, accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, with Stefan Stefanov singing in his native Bulgarian.
Basil Gabbidon is best known as part of Steel Pulse – Handsworth’s most renowned reggae band, taking the world by storm with their song “Handsworth Revolution”. Expect a lockdown-special acoustic vibe from this internationally acclaimed musician as he returns to play for his home patch once more.
With thanks to Paul Withers and Andy Spencer for their work in recording this gig.
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