Womenzone has recently secured Heritage Lottery funding towards a new heritage project entitled Loving Grannies Music! to revive the origins of South Asian folk music, a tradition that has changed over time in modern day Britain. Traditionally women recited folk songs and passed them down from generation to generation and there is a wide range of folk songs for every occasion from birth and weddings to festivals, fairs and religious ceremonies.
The project will document stories of women who migrated from the South Asian subcontinent to Bradford in 1960s and ‘70s to capture their memories of first arriving in a cold, damp and often hostile environment. Many women felt socially isolated with no extended family and friends close by and would make connections with other women from similar backgrounds through these special occasions centred around sharing and reciting folk songs.
The project will help inform the younger generation of women and girls about their heritage and the stories collected will feature in a book. A series of reminiscence workshops will also take place using music and poetry to inspire and stimulate dialogue about women’s experiences of settling and building lives in Bradford. The workshops will lead to a live performance which will be showcased at the celebratory launch at the end of the project.
Womenzone will be hosting a community launch event on Sunday 15 May 2016, 2-6pm, for local people to find out more about the project and how to get involved. The event will include a live performance by renowned singer Shabnam Khan who will take us on a journey to discover the roots of traditional South Asian folk music.
The event is free, simply register through our eventbrite here to reserve your place!
Loving Grannies Music is an volunteer led programme.
For more information about this project and Womenzone, visit our Website www.womenzonecc.co.uk
For more information, contact Mandeep Samra, Project Heritage Coordinator on 01274 665 270 or email: MandeepSamra@womenzonecc.co.uk