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Landmark reggae album gets city mural in Birmingham

LANDMARK: The Steel Pulse mural on the exterior of Handsworth Leisure Centre;

A PERMANENT mural to commemorate the 40th anniversary of a landmark reggae album has been unveiled in Birmingham.

Emblazoned on the exterior of the iconic Handsworth Leisure Centre, the mural was created by Cris for the Mural Artists collective, and drew inspiration from the original cover of Handsworth Revolution, the seminal 1978 LP released by hometown band Steel Pulse.

The landmark album was also the topic of discussion for a Q&A which featured original members of Steel Pulse during the unveiling day earlier this month, which was supported by local citizens and luminaries including the city’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Yvonne Mosquito.

The celebrations were part of this year’s 12th annual multimedia reggae festival, BASS2018, organised by the city’s multimedia arts development agency, Punch.

Punch’s CEO Ammo Talwar MBE said: “It’s been an honour and privilege to work with Steel Pulse and the local community.”

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