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BBC Radio Leeds introduces the 'Monday Night Mixtape' in a bid to diversify UK airwaves


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BBC Radio Leeds will introduce their exclusive new show, 'Monday Night Mixtape', which seeks out the best and freshest up and coming talent from Northern England, featuring top presenters and DJs playing everything from reggae and rap, to grime, Asian Fusion and Bhangra. 

In a push to diversify the airwaves of Northern England, Emily Pilbeam will take the helm in showcasing the best new bands and artists from the West Yorkshire music scene. Rotating local featured presenters on a regular basis, the Monday Night Mixtape will bring a whole new dimension to UK airwaves. 

Emily Pilbeam

On launch night of the new radio show, Emily will be bringing a Leeds Festival Special to the table, curating a round up of what the best bands have to offer for the festival. When asked about how she feels about being involved in this new venture, Emily stated that she was "Beyond excited...

"It was my dream to present a show that would showcase the best up and coming artists. To be finally be doing it, is amazing to me, and I cannot wait to get started."

She continued, speaking of the new audience market the show will reach out to: "It's hugely important for us at BBC Radio Leeds to reach young and diverse audiences... Considering Leeds is one of the biggest student cities in the UK, it's a shame it's not being tapped into further...

"I think the changes on weeknights on BBC Radio Leeds, and in particular the Monday Night Mixtape, will really help us as a station to accurately reflect and represent the local community," Emily said, reflecting on the target audience of the new weekly show of listeners between the ages of 18-25.

Managing Editor of BBC Radio Leeds, Sanjiv Buttoo, also expressed her excitement ahead of the launch show, stating: "The Monday Night Mixtape is an exciting new format for Radio Leeds, introducing promising talent and new sound to the station. It is designed to celebrate all cultures and the heritage music of some of our more underserved communities around West Yorkshire."

Sanchez Payne

Former Leeds United football player, Sanchez Payne, will be embracing his passion for music as part of the presenting squad, pulling out all the stops to give us an ultimate experience of reggae, rap and dancehall, alongside afro-beats, soul and R&B. Sanchez's exploration of compelling genres will be sure to represent the variety of cultures that can be found in West Yorkshire's local communities.

When asked about how he came across his love for such diverse genres and how he'll begin to showcase his young audience with the Monday Night Mixtape, Sanchez said: "I've always been a lover of music and I absorbed it at every opportunity from being in my grandad's car as a young man to my Mum's house...

"I love good music no matter where it's from. I'll be handpicking different tracks that have a personal connection throughout my life, as well as music that brings an uplifting vibe to the community."

Faisal Motin

The voice of Bradford, Faisal Motin, is the third revealed presenter for the show's premiere launch night. Faisal is looking to promote some of the hottest undiscovered talents in the West Yorkshire grime scene: "I'm so grateful for getting the chance to be part of something that's so different and fresh. I feel comfortable that I'll be able to do well as time goes by...

"I'm a musician myself and I have been since I was fifteen years old. I grew up in Bradford competing with other rappers from the city and surrounding areas...It's helped me build a great relationship with everyone in the grime and rap scene in West Yorkshire."

Faisal also spoke about the importance of new platforms like BBC Radio Leeds that will truly appreciate and celebrate diversity in music.

"A lot of young people have felt abandoned, and have decided to take music into their own hands using social media to promote themselves. This show will focus on what young people are listening to right now and it'll make them feel valued as musicians and young people."

The line up for the launch of Monday Night Mixtape on Monday, August 20th is as follows:

19:00-20:00: Sanchez Payne - Music rooted in black culture.

20:00- 21:00: Failsal Motin - Grime up North.

21:00-22:00: Emily Pilbeam - Alternative City Sounds.

Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting weekly announcements, including new presenters and themed shows. Tune in tonight from 7pm to listen to the launch. 

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