The Asian Blues are a-calling: Aziz Ibrahim and Dalbir Singh Rattan
5 August 2017

Asian Blues

What happens when the Lord of the Strings and the Tabla Jedi come together over a piece of music or two? An electrifying experimental conversation, and transportive sounds evocative of a place that is both here and not here.

The musicians in questions are guitar legend Aziz Ibrahim and tabla maestro Dalbir Singh Rattan – Aziz and Dal – and you can hear them play FREE this Saturday, as part of HOME Manchester‘s takeover of the National Theatre’s River Stage.

Their collaboration is part of Project70 Asian Blues – a series of conversations between Aziz and a range of exciting musicians, singers and artists like Dal, artist Hardeep Pandhal, Sufi singer Sarah Yaseen, writer Sooree Pillay and singer-songwriter Jaq Gallier. The idea of the series is to explore, 70 years on from independence, our evolving notions of culture, national identity and belonging, with a view to finding a tantalising ‘space of unification’.

For those of you who don’t know 😱  – Aziz Ibrahim is a Mancunian Pakistani guitarist who’s played with Simply Red, The Stone Roses, and with the Roses’ frontman Ian Brown. And here’s the stunning music that he and Dal create.


When: Saturday 5 August 2017, 6.30pm – 7.15pm

Where: River Stage, National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

Admission: FREE

More information: National Theatre


By Seema Khan.


Posted on 2 August 2017

Photo courtesy of




You May Also Like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>