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The Flyover Show is back and bigger than ever
1:53pm Friday 17th August 2012 in NewsXtra
The Midlands most cutting edge free music festival returns this weekend with an unforgettable line up of international stars.
The Flyover Show in Hockley, Birmingham is the brainchild of world renowned jazz musician Soweto Kinch and tomorrow (Saturday) a host of stars including Maxi Priest, Janet Kay, Wordsworth MC and Basil Gabbidon will be performing.
As well as a celebration of music this year’s event will be marking the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence.
Soweto Kinch said: “Jamaica, much like its athletics team, has imparted a cultural phenomena and impact far beyond its relative size as an island.”
“The Flyover Show 2012 will explore, through a variety of platforms, how it (Jamaica) has provided a badge of identity in the face of racial marginalization.”
Previous shows have explored other pertinent issues of race and culture; including the portrayal of women in the music industry, and positive Black male role models.
“The Flyover Show 2012 intends to continue and extend its pattern of connecting different generations through its rostra.”
Maxi Priest is headlining The Flyover Show and is one of the most successful solo reggae artists of all time, releasing 10 albums since his debut, ‘Intentions’, in 1986.
Janet Kay is known as the queen of lovers rock and her seminal song Silly Games is still a must have on juke boxes across the country.
And back in Birmingham is the legendary founder of Steel Pulse, the band which put militant in British reggae and exported it across the world, Basil Gabbidon will also be performing.
And Wordsworth MC who was born and raised in Brooklyn is in Birmingham too for the show, he is part of ‘rap supergroup ’Emc – with Punchline, Stricklin & Masta Ace and has also featured
on albums with Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Tribe Called Quest.
There will be live music, graffiti art, break dancing, food and a host of activities for all ages will be taking place from 12noon until 9pm under the Hockley flyover .