British Asian Musicians
“Within this United Kingdom a melodic animal called the British Asian music industry lives and breathes. Ignored by the self appointed gate-keepers of our cultural elite it continues to grow, and involve more and more artists & practitioners who themselves are also children of Albion. In years to come the photographs of these audio authors will be seen as the first definitive record of a revolution, so give your brain a visual exclusive, and soak your eyes in a journey that's only just begun.”
Bobby Friction (BBC Asian Network)
The idea of a British artist being as successful as Madonna or Eminem used to be unimaginable. However, the emergence of artists like M.I.A and Jay Sean has made that a possibility.
British Asian Musicians is a photographic body of work that celebrates and documents the achievements that British Asians have made in music and exhibits the lesser know artist emerging onto the scene.
The cultural and historical importance of these musicians is immense, they represent, reflect and connect with today’s second and third generation of British Asians and despite differing styles of music or the message they project, all have commonalities; South Asian roots and a place in British Asian culture.
All of the artists who feature in British Asian Musicians were photographed in a place of importance to them, places where they have drawn some of their musical inspiration, whether this is Soho Road, The Tate Modern, old school parks or garden sheds.