Southbank Centre has announced a new South Asian music event series for the spring.
Dialled In – the London-based festival and event collective championing South Asian talent –, DJ, NTS Resident and illustrator anu, Vedic Roots, Pakistani singer Zeeshan Ali, ‘King of Bhangra’ Malkit Singh, and more artists will take part in the series, which will take place from 7th to 10th March at the iconic London institution.
South Asian Sounds celebrates "the rich and varied musical traditions of the wider Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Afghan diaspora as well as ambitious UK-based artists and collectives working at the intersection of cultures and genres, from bhangra to jazz, Qawwali to club music," according to a press release.
The Afghan Youth Orchestra will open the series on Thursday 7th March, while Dialled In will take over the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer for the Concrete Lates x Dialled In event on Friday 8th March featuring anu, Vedic Roots and Kiss Nuka.
On 9th March, Dialled In will host legendary Pakistani musician Ustad Noor Bakhsh and London's Pritt, as well as presenting Unbound Archives, a daytime audio and film programme featuring the largest collection of South Asian vinyl through DJ sets and crate-digging with True Form Vinyl Archive. There will also be a film showcase displaying South Asian short stories from across the globe.
“From film soundtracks to prayer, music sits at the heart of South Asian culture and South Asian Sounds promises to be an incredible celebration of the richness and diversity of its forms," said Southbank Centre Artistic Director Mark Ball.
He continued: "We’re excited to present such internationally renowned artists representing a wide range of genres and traditions. Their appeal will reach audiences across the capital’s South Asian diaspora, who make up a fifth of our city’s residents. With projects like South Asian Sounds, the Southbank Centre is a home from home for all, in the heart of London.”
Get tickets for South Asian Sounds from the Southbank site.