haroon shamsher from joi: honoured with a blue plaque in brick lane
David Bowie, John Peel, Factory Records and Haroon Shamsher from Joi are among the music legends honoured by BBC as official Blue Plaques are unveiled on BBC Music Day.
BBC Local Radio, the BBC Asian Network and the British Plaque Trust will tomorrow (Thursday 15 June) unveil new blue plaques to commemorate people or places that have influenced the musical landscape across the country with innovation and success.
The Shamsher family and BBC Asian Network are delighted to invite you to honour the memory of pioneering musician Haroon Shamsher, founder of Joi.
A special Blue Plaque will be unveiled in East London. We would like you to join us at 10am sharp on Thursday 15th June outside 55 Brick Lane, London E1 (formerly Ambala Sweets).Haroon’s brother Farook will unveil the plaque, outside the building that the young Shamsher brothers moved into in Brick Lane, where their father ran a traditional music shop, and recording studio.
Haroon’s brother Farook Shamsher (Joi Soundsytem) will talk to Bobby Friction on his BBC Asian Network Show about Haroon on 15th June. @ 20.00
There will be a Haroon Shamsher Joi tribute anniversary event on Saturday evening 8 July 18.00 in the Kobi Nazrul Centre. E1
I’m flattered awed and humbled that Haroon is being recognised by his peers and the wider music community, and know he would be proud of this acknowledgment with love Farook Shamsher
Haroon was a pioneer. A pioneer of sound, a pioneer of social conscience and awareness and a pioneer of Asian street credibility in Britain. He and his brother Farooq inspired myself and many others, including Talvin Singh, to search further and harder for new sounds to express a dispossessed generation of British Asians Nitwin Sawhney
Haroon was a fine and collegiate fellow to be with aboard the tour bus,as well as an attractive and charismatic presence on stage with Joi.
Haroon was also blessed with an impish sense of humour, his inflight attire including t shirt bearing the legend “don’t panic, i’m islamic”Colin Angus (The Shamen)
BBC Asian Network and BBC Music, with the British Plaque Trust, are really proud to honour music icons with the first Blue Plaques for artists from South-Asian heritage.
Haroon Shamsher continues to be an inspiration. The group changed the British music landscape and his cultural impact lives on today.” Mark Strippel, Head of BBC Radio1Xtra / Asian Network
it may have been a couple of weeks ago now, but for those that missed it, here’s a video of team scotland’s entrance into celtic park, aurally accompanied by the roar of thousands and the shamen’s anthemic ‘move any mountain’…
a couple of days later, in a rare interview, colin angus tells aberdeen’s evening express:- “…it was pure magic…”
(click for full, if somewhat brief interaction)
last night millions (possibly billions!) of people, watched the commonwealth team scotland parade into glasgow’s celtic park, accompanied by the shamen’s ‘move any mountain’ – fantastic!
bbc news “…the loudest reception of the night was reserved for the host nation scotland, who paraded into celtic park last, according to games tradition, accompanied by the shamen’s hit move any mountain…” the scotsman “…emotion ran high, too, when judoka euan burton brought the parade to an end. as he led team scotland into the arena, celtic park witnessed a din unheard since the halycon days of henrik larsson. the athletes, marching to the exhilarating sound of the shamen’s move any mountain, looked taken aback. the big screen bore the words of – who else? – scotland’s bard, with a perfect line: “wi’ joy unfeigned brothers and sisters meet.”…” the telegraph “…22.46 here come the scots. it’s the shamen’s ‘move any mountain’. it’s a lot of very happy and excited scottish people in their, let’s not mince words, much-maligned orange and blue tartan garb. i rather like it. not for everyone, i grant you. anyway, it’s a hell of an atmosphere and everyone is having a high old time of it….”
team scotland 2014
herald scotland “…team scotland unsurprisingly got the biggest cheer of the night when they entered to the song move any mountain by aberdeen band the shamen and a burst of blue and white coloured ticker tape…”
yet more early vinyl from the shamen has been found:
this time an original 7″ pressing of you me and everything.
we have fewer than 20 of this astonishing piece of black vinyl in a plain black shiny sleeve – so order quick!