This saturday sees the latest Musizkstan at the The Old Print Works presenting an eclectic line-up of live acts and DJs with an international flavour, in aid of the asylum support and  the immigrant resource charity ASIRT.

David Campbell: His name comes with a flood of music scene credentials including running the Jug of Punch folk club for decades, being a member of Birmingham’s most celebrated singing family and managing his brothers Robin and Ali Campbell in UB40. Here he brings a selection of songs both unaccompanied and backed with five string banjo or ukulele.

Hassan Salih Nour: Since his birth in Gabet in east Sudan Hassan has led a colourful life. He was introduced to the tambour at age of three, studied at the Khartoum Music Academy and has spent time in Holland and Cairo before settling in Birmingham. As well as being an exponent of a style of music rarely heard in western Europe, he remains keen to collaborate and search out new musical horizons.

Balsall Heathens: A duo with a shocking amount of experience, Balsall Heathens play folk punk without compromising either the folk or the punk in the equation. Jock has played in legendary punk band GBH for the last thirty years and fiddler Sam has played in more bands than I can remember. Check them out!

Culture Dub Orchestra: Despite not being an actual orchestra , CDO do pretty much exactly what you’d hope they would do. With a dub foundation to build upon, they use instruments like violin or bazouki to bring influences from all over the world into play.

7 Shades: As a tribute to the music of The Cardiacs and Tim Smith that play completely original music, 7 Shades are a very unusual act. The brain child of House Of God DJ and fruit machine sound tracker Neil Spragg, and fronted by the West Midlands leading eccentric Craigus Barry (The Retinal Circus), 7 Shades might scare you, but you’ll most assurde enjoy it.

Malarkey: What can be said of interest about Malarkey? A) They have an incredibly wide demographic of hairstyles. B) They make music in the ska punk tradition whilst managing to avoid all the well worn cliches of that genre. C) Everyone should check out their live shows immediately.

Musikstand Presents: No One Is Illegal, February 28, The Old Print Works, £5 concessions/ £7 waged/ free for undocumented migrants/asylum seekers, doors 20:00

Words by Johnny Kowalski

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