British Asian Festival launches music channel - with University help

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Date posted: 12 May 2014

A new music digital video channel featuring up and coming British Asian musicians has broadcast its first show - featuring video content shot by University of Derby students.

The Birmingham-based Shaanti's Eastern Electronic Festival 2014 - running from May 6 to 31 - showcases some of the best performers across film, music, visual-digital arts, the spoken word and new music presentations; commissioned exclusively for the event. The British Asian Festival features online and off-line activities; and celebrates contemporary music in genres including electronic, punk, classical, contemporary, fusion, jazz and folk.

Last Friday (May 9) its new digital channel - called Shaanti's EE (Eastern Electronic) Music TV Show - made its first broadcast across digital channels including Festival website and YouTube, and other social media sites. Further ones will follow at 8pm this Friday (May 16), Fridays May 23 and 30.

University of Derby BA (Hons) Media Production degree students spent weeks shooting music videos of, and interviews with, new music artists such as Layla Tutt, Driving Lolita, Shammi Pithia, My Panda Shall Fly, Maggie 8 and Sister Elements. Much of the filming was done at the University's TV studio, at its Markeaton Street site in Derby, by students working with other professional filmmakers.

Last Friday's broadcast is on YouTube at 

Phil Basi, Programme Leader for the University's Media Production degree course, said: "The students have done a fantastic job.

"This has been a great opportunity for them to experience the very real pressures they will have to deal with in their future careers."

Sharnita Athwal, Artistic Director and curator of Shaanti's Eastern Electronic Festival, added: "Partnering with the University of Derby is a great opportunity for everyone involved."

The Shaanti's Eastern Electronic Festival is supported by Arts Council England.

More details about the University of Derby's BA (Hons) Media Production degree course can be found at

For further media information about the University of Derby's involvement in this project contact Sean Kirby, Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email:

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