News in brief: who is doing what
18th April, 2005
Glasgow based music producers Tigerstyle (pictured) have signed a record deal with Nachural Records, it was announced this week by the group. The hotly tipped duo, who have built up a cult fanbase in the UK and internationally over the years, are now working on their next single and album.
They recently did B-sides remixes for singer Raghav and have frequently performed alongside Nitin Sawhney at Shaanti events in Birmingham. Nachural also has Panjabi MC under its wings. Producer Pops said: "We feel that Nachural have the experience and world wide structure in place to potentially take our music and culture to a wider audience."
The comedy Chicken Tikka Masala will open in British cinemas from 22nd April. Directed by Harmage Singh Kalirai, the film is produced by Lancashire-based film-makers Sanjay Tandon and Rony Ghosh. It is written by 18-year old Roopesh Parekh. Chris Bisson and Saeed Jaffrey star in the film along with upcoming actress Jinder Mahal. More on the film here.
BBC 4 have decided to serialise the feature length documentary An Islamic History of Europe, which has recieved much critical acclaim following airings on the channel over the last few weeks. Developed for the BBC by producer Irshad Ashraf, the series follows war reporter Rageh Omaar on a European journey to discover the influence of Islam on the continent's intellectual and cultural development.
More information here.
A new magazine aimed at Indians living in the UK launches in June this year to bridge the gap between citizens of both countries. The bi-lingual Hindi and English publication, titled Parwasi Times, is aiming to be the first of its kind. Contributions will be made by a dedicated groups of professionals, social workers, journalists and writers.
Covering political, social, cultural and literary issues, the magazine's inaugural edition will highlight the issues of dual nationality. A launch hosted by Lord Tarsem King of Sandwell, Birmingham will take place on 3rd June. Contact the Divya Mathur for more information.
Sheeraz Hasan, founder of production company Tinseltown TV and more recently entertainment portal Hollywood.tv, has been named Hollywood
Ambassador to Bollywood by the Bollywood Group, presenters of the annual Bollywood Awards. They are scheduled to be held on 30th April at the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Tinseltown TV goes out on B4U.
Digital camera prizes are up for grabs for Londoners of all ages, whether first time or professional photographers, in the Capture London's Diversity photography competition. It is the third photographic contest celebrating Londonís diversity that has been supported by Mayor Ken Livingstone. Winning entries will be displayed in July.
Entrants have from now until June 1st 2005 to take a photograph that reflects the way Londoners from all races, faiths and cultures live, work and play together across the capital. Applicants can submit a colour print or digital image of their own work. Entries are spilt into three categories: under 18; 18 and over (amateur); and 18 and over (professional). More information here.