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Lessons From Gulam: Asian Music in Bradford

Tuesday 24th September (2-4pm at TLMC)

An introduction to the Afghan rubab with Ustad John Baily. Severely limited instruments are available for this event, so please book in advance. Followed by:

Film Screening of Lessons From Gulam: Asian Music in Bradford and Q + A and performance by John Baily

Tues 24th September @ Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, Great Horton Rd, Bradford.

FREE. Booking required. Doors at 7pm. book online 

Made in 1986 John Baily’s Lessons From Gulam studies Asian music within the Bradford community and contrasts music education in the schools with the very different kind of music enculturation in the family.

‘Gulam Musa is from Gujerat (India), from a Muslim sub-caste whose members are traditionally barbers and musicians. He specializes in singing Qawwali, a genre of Muslim devotional music found in India and Pakistan. He runs his own Qawwali group and takes part in Asian music workshops in the Bradford schools.’

The film’s maker, John Baily, will join us to introduce the film, answer questions and give a performance.


RECON A series of pioneering Music, Art and Film events culminating in the week of the 22nd – 29th September, across Leeds and Bradford, UK.

RECON is a festival that showcases and brings together innovators, experimenters, risk-takers, mavericks and outsiders working creatively with music, sonic arts, performance and film.

Press quotes

 “The events we have been organising through M@BU (Music at Bradford University) and the Recon festival have provided a great opportunity to bring attention to a style of music often labelled as ‘world’ or Asian music, namely Qawwali music, which is performed and enjoyed by many people in and around Bradford.” Bradford T & A