(Evening Mail circa.1982)
Concerts boost for pirate radio station
The best of Handsworth's young talent is to high-lighted in three concerts in Birmingham next week.
Birmingham's outlawed reggae music station Radio Star is holding a one-off concert at Romeo and Juliets nightclub in Hurst Street on Monday.
The concert, held to raise funds for the station's campaign to become legalised, will feature to Handsworth bands B.B. Assignment and Amlak, whose debut single "Christmas Is Here," is tipped for the charts.
The evening will also include a showing of the new Jimmy Cliff film "Bongo Man" and a disco by Rising Star disc jockey Papa Stone.
A "Handsworth Spectacular" multi-cultural evening is also to be held on Wednesday and Thursday at the Old Rep Theatre in Station Street.
Taking pride of place at the show will be Handsworth based fashion group QT, young Radiolarian mothers who produce their own designs for sale in the city center boutiques.
Black gospel music will be provided by Handsworth Community Choir, and Asian harmony group Swur Sumgum will be playing music with the sitar.
A choir from King Edward VI School in Rose Hill Road will also be making an appearance, as will a local African-style drumming and dancing group called Gathering.
The Handsworth Spectacular has been organised by the group that are appearing, helped by the community development officer Miss Sheila Hendley.
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