Reimagining Birmingham

soweto kinch

Here’s a nice BBC Radio 4 piece on Birmingham seen through the eyes of jazz/hip-hop musician Soweto Kinch.  Kinch talks of growing up in the vibrant multi-ethnic neighborhood of Soho Road and Handsworth among West Indian and Punjabi immigrants. In discussion with Afro-Caribbean intellectuals at 104 Heathfield, Kinch picks apart the complex links between the Enlightenment-era salons of Soho House, Birmingham manufacturing and the slave trade, and the importance of engaging with Birmingham’s history of diversity at a deeper historical level  – SL

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