The editor recommends…a motown/bhangra extravaganza!

On Friday 18th and Saturday 19th December East will be meeting West in more ways than one.

A shockingly good show, that I first saw in Camden’s Jazz Cafe, is soon to be rocking up at east-end arts centre Rich Mix.  Botown are a Bollywood/funk mash-up band.  Stay with me.  They provide a mix of classic Bollywood songs and sexy funky soul.

Our very own Craig Jenkins dragged me to the Camden gig last summer.  The glorious and unmistakeable big band sounds of James Brown, Prince, and Ray Charles melded perfectly with the up-beat genius of Kishore Kumar and AR Rahman.  A jolly friendly crowd filled the dance floor and only the dullest kind of killjoy could keep from bopping.  Even with no knowledge of Bollywood music I couldn’t help but try to sing along!

There are far too few opportunities in life to experience such unmitigated fun.

What you need to do now…

If you pop down to Rich Mix now you can scoop up tickets for a sweet early-bird price of £9.  £10 if you order from

What to do next…

Where Bethnal Green Road meets Brick Lane (just up the road from Rich Mix) is a fantastic little art cafe called Benny’s Bar.  Wander along after the gig for home-brew honey rum, lovely staff and a great mix of music around a nostalgic post-punk theme (think Gang of Four, Television, Peter Gabriel).



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