In March 2007, Woman on Air Helga Neumayer visited Southall, a mainly Punjabi neighbourhood in West-London, where the Punjabi Centre runs Desi-Radio-Station, a 24 hour community radio.
“We all have stories to tell!” says coordinator Mrs. Amarjit Khera about the motivation of the people who create those radio-shows.
Mainly women are the volunteer pillars of the radio, how come? “We are here to give them confidence!” says Mr. Manjinder Singh Chahal, trainer and presenter.
And Mrs. Kaur, a trainee at that time, has no doubt about the musical preferences: “Bhangra is the soul of the Punjabi community. As soon as the drum beats, everyone gets up!”.
Therefore you are to expect the one or another Bhangra rhythm to highlight this program in Punjabi style …
Assisted by the voice of: Agnes Müller/Vienna
The music comes from: Nusrat Fati Ali Khan, Mohinder Kaur Bhamra, Sangeeta, Panjabi MC and Piotr Ilitsch Tschaikovsky.
Special thanks go to: Cathy Aitchison, who kindly organised and accompanied the visit to the radio colleagues from Desi-Radio (www.desiradio.org.uk) in Southall/Westlondon.
Prepared and presented by: Helga Neumayer (Women on Air and Frauensolidarität-Solidarity Among Women/Vienna-Austria: www.frauensolidaritaet.org)