“Soho Road” Bhangra Breakthrough

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“Soho Road” Bhangra Breakthrough

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What does the panel say?

“In the 1970’s and 80’s, with Bhangra tapes available in the high street, Bhangra found its place in the home. Interviewees for this exhibition recall “Dad’s Bhangra tapes” next to “Mom’s Hindi songs” in the living room. With a new, young, optimistic audience receptive to innovation and experimentation, Bhujangy and Saathies began to further explore the use of western instruments, principally guitars, in their music. Birmingham band DCS successfully fused Bhangra with Rock; the first tape Bhangra Champion Boy Chana owned was ‘Teri Shaun’ by DCS. The willingness to experiment that the musicians showed was backed up by their audience’s confidence as a visible – and audible – community on the streets of Handsworth and elsewhere. Apna Sangeet ‘s “Mera Yaar Vajaye Dhol” and “Soho Road Utey”, Chirag Pehchan’s “Rail Gaddi” were all upbeat, optimistic anthems. Mick St Clair took Bhangra onto the streets, emulating the reggae sound systems. Maverick London producer Deepak Khazanchi mixed Western drums and synthesizers with traditional Punjabi instruments; working with supergroup Alaap and Heera he lit the blue touch paper for modern Bhangra. Alaap’s ‘Teri Chunni De Sitare’ and Heera’s ‘Diamonds’ are two of the bestselling albums of all time. This new, confident, professionally produced Bhangra sound became very popular with the first generation of Asians to be born and educated in the UK, many attending university or college and some living away from home. This was the music they took with them and shared with the people they met – British people, but also Asians from different classes, castes, cultures and faiths. This mixing, particularly of Bhangra with the East London Asian underground, brought forward more cerebral artists like Talvin Singh who would later impact the development of British Asian music. [Words 282] Boxout “We have to change, but we can change slowly” – Tarlochan Singh Bilga, Golden Star”

Originator and producer – Punch Records

Written, researched, developed and curated – Scholars and Warriors
Location Photography – Iain Reynolds
Interpretation Panels Designed by – Brigitte Winsor

Exhibition Design – Mandeep Malhi
Image manipulation and additional photography by – Brigitte Winsor
Champions – Boy Chana, San-J Sanj, Kally and Kash Sahota

Murals – Derek Connor
Chief Funder – Heritage Lottery Fund
Support and Inspiration – Richard Albutt, Rajinder Dudrah

Website – www.sohoroadtothepunjab.org

PhotonQ-Gabe Zichermann How games make kids smarter
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Gabe Zichermann giving us an amazing talk at TEDx Kids Brussels last june. His subject was on: can playing video games make you more productive? He showed how games are making kids better problem-solvers, and will make us better at everything from driving to multi-tasking.

Do kids these days have short attention spans, or does the world just move too slow? Gabe Zichermann suggests that today’s video games are making children smarter — and we should all embrace gamification.

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About the photo behind him :
“Say you’re zooming down the highway, when you spot one of those speed-limit enforcement cameras from the corner of your eye. You hit the brakes, but not before the camera’s flash catches you breaking the law. A speeding ticket is surely on its way to your mailbox.

Now, imagine that same camera also snaps a photo of your car when you are driving at or under the speed limit. For your safe driving, you are entered into a lottery to win a portion of the money from fines paid by speeders.

That idea was tested in Sweden with great success. It’s an example of “gamification,” considered the next wave of social engagement and Internet technology.

Instead of being structured around punishment and negativity, he says, the speed-camera lottery is “all about positive reinforcement.” If you drive the speed limit, or under it, you may win some money.

“And that positive incentive to create better behavior,” he says, “is a core tenet of games.” Gamifying. NPR

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Gabe Zichermann is an entrepreneur and author whose work centers on gamification–and the power of games to help engage people and build strong organizations and communities. In 2010, he chaired the Gamification summit, a conference dedicated to gamification and “engagement mechanics.” An avid blogger on the subject, he co-authored the book “Game-Based Marketing”, which examines the innovative trend of using game mechanics to engage and build a customer base.

TED.com just uploaded his video Gabe Zichermann How games make kids smarter
to mark TED Youth, a world wild 100 TEDx events for youth and kids in 42 countries. with inspiring talks in English, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese and more.
You can follow it now for free on www.livestream.com/tedyouth

TEDx Kids Brussels was about kids and The maker subculture, a contemporary subculture, representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker subculture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. On June 1, 2011 in Brussels, 48 kids went to school and got turned into MAKERS in one day.

That was the best TED conference I have been so far for many reason. Among them the interaction between the speakers and the audience. The fact that when speakers were not on stage, they spent the day with kids teaching, playing and creating with them on cool and on the edge workshops. And the playful, curious atmosphere all day long. So many cool and mind blowing talks, meeting.

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Just realised I had not upload any photos from this amazing event.
And as I am preparing the bag for the giant TEDx brussels on Tuesday, going through the photos brings back great TED reveries and memories =)
Excited to the idea of the conference, the road trip, and to share it with some old and new friends
Ho and cannot wait to meet for the first time with Flickr Friend Gisela who happen to be in Europe. Should be a Mind Blowing trip. Will bring the camera to share some =)

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