SAVE THE MUSIC – Tigerstyle ft Shizzio (FREE DOWNLOAD RELEASE)
Tigerstyle are one of the few British-Asian acts to have ever recorded a live session for the legendary late Sir John Peel. They were given the opportunity to showcase material from our forthcoming album supported by a full band at the first ever BBC Electric Proms in September 2006, and were selected out of 1000s of bands to perform on the first ever BBC Introducing Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in July 2007.
Tigerstyle were also given a chance to perform with a full band which was recorded for BBC Asian Network and filmed for BBC Two's Desi DNA. They have recently returned from performing at a number of official events in Vancouver, Whistler and the surrounding area in connection with the Winter Olympics 2010…………..also highlighted by the Asian Network.
Tigerstyle have also taken part in numerous debate shows and documentary programmes produced by the BBC Asian Network, have performed at various venues as part of the Asian Network Uni Tours over the years, and feel it is the only platform for British born Asian musicians to showcase their talent.
“Asian Network has given is near to 10 years of support. We feel it is imperative that the Asian music industry and the wider Asian community stand together and make their voices heard in order to keep this radio station alive. Without the Asian Network there will be no outlet for British-born Asian musical talent, the industry as a whole will suffer greatly, and future generations of British born Asians will be without a relative and vital link to their culture.The Asian Network is the only service to cater properly for the British born Asian community” …….Pops, Tigerstyle.
“Save The Music” is a dedication to the campaign to help save the BBC Asian Network. Tigerstyle team up with London MC Shizzio to bring some hard hitting British Punjabi Dubstep mahem!! This song is being given away for free download in order to encourage fans to support the campaign and email/write to the BBC Trust in support of keeping the Asian Network.
To make it quick and easy to tell the BBC to stop the cuts that are currently threatening valuable services, like 6Music, Asian Network and the BBC website we’ve provided a template letter below.
We urge everyone to write to/email the BBC Trust and make their voice be heard in favour of keeping these vital services.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or Strategy Review Consultation, BBC Trust, 180 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5Q before 25th May 2010.
“To Whomever It May Concern
We are writing to express our profound shock and distress at the BBC director general Mark Thompson's proposals to close down the BBC Asian Network as a national station. As Scottish listeners, we are particularly upset as the BBC Asian Network is the only Asian station that lets Scottish Asians connect not only to each other but to listeners in England and Wales making us part of the BRITISH Asian experience. The Asian Network is a national platform for musicians, Asian culture in general, news, debate and documentaries. It provides a key platform for the national Asian community, and offers an outlet to British Asian talent, which is demonstrably underrepresented in the more mainstream BBC. This would all be tragically lost if these proposals are agreed.
We urge the BBC Trust to reconsider this proposal and stop the closure of a valued station which is greatly needed by your licence-fee-paying audience in Scotland. We are aware of the five proposed smaller local areas, as suggested by the director general. However Scotland has been completely ignored and instead it has been put forward that Scottish listeners will have to make do with the proposed London output. We ask how a local London feed will ever reflect the loyal Scottish audience in the way that the present form of the BBC Asian Network does? These stations will not and cannot deliver as comprehensive service. This is a vital part of what the BBC offers in the name of public service broadcasting. As loyal licence-fee payers we trust we will not be let down.
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[A. Burmy, Director]