05 January 2016
Calais Refugee Camp.
Towards the end of December, we went with Music Against Borders to Calais Refugee Camp to record musicians on the site and hold a concert. It was without doubt utterly heartbreaking, but at the same time heartwarming in the reception the musicians where given. This is an interview with Ismael from Afghanistan. The plan is to release a music compilation fundraiser at the end of March.
There is a full report and music clips on the Calais section on this website.
04 September 2015
Raising Funds for Refugees With Music Events.
We are holding events with some of the musicians we work with, to raise funds for Refugees in Calais, and longer term longer term initiatives to help those people displaced by war. We need a small investment for venue hire, promotion etc, but hopefully with everyones help, the events will raise a much greater amount, which will go directly to those organisations providing support for refugees and asylum seekers. To donate, please follow the link below. Thank you.
15 August 2015
Svajone; Lithuanian Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Svajone (Dream) are from Alytus, Lithuania. Our friend Valerijus and his organisation Eastern Stream bought them to the UK for a series of concerts. The orchestra was established in 2000 by Pranas Stepanovas and Daiva Martikonyte. Many of the arrangements are by Pranas, who sadly passed away in 2015. The tour was in memory of him and all the work he did for the orchestra.
Svajone; Lithuanian Youth Symphony Orchestra. Brighton, St Paul's Church. 15 August 2015 by Phillip Minns_Best Foot Music on Mixcloud
25/26 July; Crawley International Mela Festival. The biggest multi cultural event in the area, supported by local groups including Crawley Hindu Union, Eastern Stream Association, Same Sky, Best Foot Music, Crawley Borough Council . This year acts included from India, Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band as well as UK acts, Gnawa London, Four x Four Bhangra, Piwnica pod Aniolami and an excellent Theatre adventure from NutKhut. Video and photo links below.
Photos Crawley Mela 2015
Saturday/Sunday 25/26 July
We are at Crawley Mela festival. Best Foot Music programmed the main stage, a mix of local and international acts. Also on site will be Nutkhut Theatre company
Saturday July 4
Some pics from Fusion Festival in Kent,
We where there with Gejza Band, other acts included Jassi Sidhu and the excellent new fusion of Bhangra/Samba with 4 by 4 Bhangra, Bloco Fogo and Bollywood Brass Band
Saturday June 13
International Caravan Festival
International Caravan Festival. Big thanks to everyone at Continental Drifts, Rich Mix, Global Local, Arts Council England. Dudek, Beata, Agnieska, Gejza, Don Vasyl, Bogdan Trojanek, Terne Roma and all the performers all their families and friends from UK and Europe. Palikeras, dziekuje.
Tuesday April 16
Here’s a little clue for an event we have coming up this Summer. Keep your eyes peeled, or join our Facebook event; International Caravan
Tuesday April 7
Excellent day in the studio with Greek Rembetika group, Plastikes Karelkes.
Saturday April 12
International Roma Day concert, East London; a few of our favourite people and places;
Tuesday April 2
A lovely song. I learned the other day that in Kurdish language the numbers are very similar to Romani. This song ‘Romani’ was recommended by the singer with the Kurdish band from Newroz (New Year) in Brighton. We’re going to talk soon about doing some recordings together.