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We, at NADA BRAHMA are proud to be media partners of the Eastern Electronic Festival 2012 by the award winning Shaanti. The festival explores the divide between New Music and Art made by contemporary British – Asian artist.

First launched in February 2011, Birmingham, the festival introduces international and local platforms of creative exchange between artists and producers of both musical and multimedia art currents; which are promoted via a variety of new approaches.

From 19th November to 24th November 2012, events will feast indoor and outdoor venues running late into the night. Hosted in various concerts, workshops and lectures in Birmingham, the festival presents modern approaches made by artists who draw on un-traditional methods. The Eastern Electronic Festival 2012 will also introduce a number of exciting unique platforms to promote electronic and commercial new music made by South Asians, taking it out of its isolated niche.

Going to any festival can be daunting, especially as it spans an entire week! Here’s a breakdown of what we recommend you check out!

DAY 1: 19/11/12

1) Master Class Workshop With Top Music Producer Steel Bangelz [FREE Event]

The music master-class workshop will run on Monday 19th November with UK HipHop producer Steel Banglez and will include hundreds of young people from the area, plus local schoolchildren from James Brindley School taking part in a workshop to develop their local and international community links.

Heartlands Hospital, Bordesley Green
East, Birmingham, B9 5SS
Time: 3.30pm – 4.15pm
(PRIVATE – Hospital patients only)

Norton Hall Children and Family
Centre, Ralph Road, Birmingham, West
Midlands. B81NA
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Naseby Centre, Naseby Road, Alum
Rock, Birmingham, B83HG
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

DAY 2: 20/11/12

1) School Talks

The Eastern Electronic Festival presents ENGAGE! a new and exciting series of seminars and talks to emerge in the UK. Our mission is to empower young adults through a series of mentoring talks within the creative and music industries. ENGAGE!

Events will enable attendees to learn valuable business tools and insights, and hear inspirational stories from those already established. The aim is to inspire, motivate and encourage today’s young adults to be successful, confident and business minded individuals.

Guiding them to reach their full potential within their chosen career path.

DAY 3: 21/11/12

1) An Audience With Malkit Singh, MBE [FREE Event]

2012 has been a special year for Malkit – following his MBE given in 2008, he has this year been awarded by Birmingham, his adopted city, a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars – another first clocked up by Malkit for Punjabi singers. Interviewed by Sukhi Bart, presenter of the BBC Asian Network’s Weekend Punjabi, “An Audience With Malkit Singh” will explore Malkit’s Singh music career in particular association to the works spanning over 30 decades, creating a vibrant conversation for aesthetic contemplation.

“An Audience With Malkit Singh” is a fantastic opportunity for budding artists to question the great man about his music, his career and his history.

Doors Open: 7.30pm
Show Starts: 8.00pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Midlands Arts Centre. Cannon Hill Park,
Birmingham, B12 9QH
T: 0121 446 3232 / 07968 366878

DAY 4: 22/11/12

1) Outside The Box – Street Art From Bollywood To Birmingham By Richard Price

Outside the Box is a new initiative by Shaanti, to take art away from the four walls of galleries and museums and present it to the people on the street. It aims to provide a platform for art enthusiasts at all levels of experience and expertise to present their work to a wider audience.

Based on the theme of Bollywood to Birmingham, Price’s masterpiece will bring this subject to life as he draws a detailed pastel-chalk drawing from start to !nish, live on the streets of Birmingham City Centre, on Thursday 22 November, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.

Location: Birmingham City Centre, full details to announced on Twitter @shaanti11  @EEFestival

2) Understand Your Rights! Music Clinics [FREE Event] – Free Business Advice for Aspiring Musicians

Are you in a band or are you a musician who wants to build their career but is not sure how to? Does the thought of marketing, promotion, licensing, publishing, distribution, and budgets confuse or worry you? As part of the Eastern Electronic Festival, music experts Musicians’ Union and Shaanti are offering free business clinics to help local musicians get a grasp on the non-performing side of your music career. This opportunity has been designed for those who love music and are passionate about having a career focused on sharing that enthusiasm with others, and for musicians and others seeking to extend their skills base for the twenty-!rstcentury music industry.

  • Time: 1 hour clinic by appointment
  • Venue: Musicians’ Union, 2 Sovereign Court, Graham Street, Birmingham B1 3JR

3)  3 Identities Of Movement, Avant-Garde Film And Music Fusion Night

Avant-garde Film and music fusion night. Expect a cutting edge mash – up of spoken word, with experimental music, award-winning international film shorts screened for the first time in Birmingham.


Is the story of a teenage boy’s natural instinct to revolt and rebel with the deadly combination of his drug addiction and extreme athleticism (Parkour skills), against his domineering abusive father.

Music Score by Multi -Award Winner producer Karsh Kale.


Has won over 50 international accolades and awards including an ‘Of!cial Selection’ at the Cannes Film Festival 2009. The film is about a man struggling with his natural instincts for revenge when he is rescued by the only person that really mattered in grand scheme of life.


Is an attempt to showcase the legendary dalit icon Bant Singh and his songs of rebellion, inter-caste violence and quality. The idea is to showcase his talent and message in the contemporary riffs and rhythms so that the music can connect with the new generation.

DAY 5: 23/11/12

1) In New Music We Support, New Music Performance By Sheena Ladwa, Nona Kaira, The Shama Rahman Band, I-Candy Female Producers, Musicians And Songwriter’s Platform New Music Performance

Bulls Head will be the place for an apocalyptic evening filled with sounds from the finest female artists and musicians. In New Music We Support is dedicated to empowering artists through creative expression, musical exploration and performance and here we in the festival we showcase three outstanding female artists who will be performing new music, exclusively commissioned for the festival.

2) Cross-Cultural Music Exchange With Sam Redmore

In a special commission for the festival music producer and Birmingham promoter, Sam Redmore re-scores an original new music set incorporating music made by contemporary

British-South Asians, as his main point of influence.

Cross-Cultural Music Exchange is a unique exchange of ideas: a field of work that looks at how people from differing cultural backgrounds communicate via music concerning cultural interactivity that can furnish an abundance of information important to music history.

DAY 6: 24/11/12

1) New Performance, Two Ideas + One Style, Across Four Decks With Onefour & Dr. Love

In the Eastern Electronic collaboration series commissions DJ’s and musicians to make unique collaborative sets exclusively for the festival.

Onefour, connoisseur of House of the deep “avour & funky variety, superlative DJ, prolific music remixer extraordinaire, he has long been heralded by peers as one of the most naturally gifted & underrated spin doctors to emerge from this rainbow nation. Whereas Dr. Love, is an old skool DJ and MC who has risen up through the ranks with style and grace. His vast knowledge of the scene and music has got this guy ultimate respect and residencies all over the Midlands.

Doors Open: 10.00pm to 3.00am
Tickets: £5 NUS, £8 Non (Includes Ticket Entry to EEF Closing Party)
Venue: Suki10c, 21 Bordesley Street, Birmingham B5 5PJ

2) Eastern Electronic Festival 2012 Closing Party Feat.

Leading the charge is none other than Sudha from international electronic band Faithless who will be spinning the decks for an exclusive DJ Set alongside global house pioneers Evo & RST.

Supported by the award-winning drum and bass band Magicstar, Onefour, Dr. Love, Manga from Shaanti and many more special guests. Continuing to bring you the very best rare music with guest spots from the stars of the industry, we couldn’t have chosen artists who !t the bill better.

This night is an exercise in quality leftfield music from a selection of electronic music’s most interesting figures: you can be sure this will be a night to remember!

Doors Open: 10.00pm to 3.00am
Venue: Suki10c, 21 Bordesley Street, Birmingham B5 5PJ
Tickets: £5 NUS, £8 Non. Also available on the door

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Founder and Editor of NADA BRAHMA, Sanj.K is an Investment Banker with a sense of humor. Born and brought up in the UK, he has an ongoing love affair with music, martial arts and masala chai and in his spare time perfects the deadly art of watching old skool kung-fu movies. Sanj loves bringing a fresh outlook on ‘left field’, Asian, electronica and classical music from across the globe, but hates the music they play in supermarkets.