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Leeds musician featured on BBC2 series Goldie’s Band

  • Date: 16 May 2011
  • Area: North

Leeds-born, 19 year old rising star Jasdeep Singh Degun appeared on BBC2's Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment after a nationwide search for new talent. The three-part series went out at the beginning of April. 

The series featured Goldie, the drum 'n' bass pioneer, DJ and former BBC Two Maestro finalist scouting for raw musical talent. His specially chosen group perform at Buckingham Palace, in the presence Prince Harry, as the grand finale of his mentoring programme.

The series follows Jasdeep and 11 other young people whose talent and passion for music is at the centre of their lives. The programme explores how they have strived to overcome difficult circumstances for the opportunity to flourish. The 12 young musicians are mentored by a team of industry experts including composer Guy Chambers, singer and rapper Ms Dynamite, jazz artist Soweto Kinch and singer songwriter Cerys Matthews.

Leeds-based South Asian arts organisation SAA-uk, an Arts Council regularly funed organisation, has helped support Jasdeep's musical talent.  Chief Executive Keranjeet Kaur Virdee explains: 'SAA-uk is proud to have helped Jasdeep nurture and develop his immense talent in Indian Classical music through his education and performance in sitar. His collaboration in this exciting project is a testament to both his ability and dedication to his music.'

Jasdeep is striving to become a professional Indian Classical sitar player and is hugely motivated - taking up every opportunity that presents itself. He is a first generation classical sitar player from a Leeds Punjabi family who have few Indian classical musical connections.

The project has encouraged him to explore in new styles of music and he is keen to showcase the sitar's versatility in different genres including dubstep and drum 'n' bass.