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MUTINY: Asians Storm British Music

September 24 2022

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See only at the Castro Theatre, not available online.

Filmmaker Vivek Bald in person for Q&A!

In a thrilling mix of live music performances, candid interviews and rare archival footage,  director Vivek Bald charts the meteoric rise of South Asian music in 1990’s Britain and the decades of cultural cross-pollination and political struggle that led up to that historic moment. The documentary features some of the greatest innovators and legendary artists in the South Asian British music scene of the 90s:  Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh, State of Bengal, Fun-Da-Mental, Anjali, DJ Ritu, Joi, Black Star Liner and many others.

Mutiny presents the story of a generation that grew up defining itself in an environment of racial violence, while drawing strength from both British street culture and South Asian roots. Nearly every musician interviewed talks about experiencing anti-Asian racism while growing up. Bald shows how identification with England’s black population led them to embrace reggae and hip-hop in addition to Indian sounds like Bollywood soundtrack music, bhangra, and Indian classical music. This led to the Asian Underground movement of English rock in the 90s, with artists mixing the influences of their parents’ cultures with electronica, hip-hop, reggae, and punk that produced unique and powerful new sounds that have become some of the greatest contributions to British music.


9:30pm – 11:30pm
Come to a special “After Party” of Asian Underground beats reminiscent of Mutiny & Dhamaal (Azaad) club events, Global Hip Hop, plus the latest flavors of the diaspora.

Performances by:
Navdeep Music (Mutiny, Anamika)
Maneesh the Twister (Surya Dub, Dhamaal) soundcloud.com/surya-dub

Bissap Baobab Village
243 Mission St, SF (btwn 18th & 19th)
Call (415) 826-9287 for more details



Date: Sep 24, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm
Event Categories: , , ,
Directors Vivek Bald
Country, Year USA/2003
Running Time 77 min
Language English


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San Francisco, CA 94114 United States

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