Scottish band Bwani Junction are to hold a charity fundraiser for Show Racism the Red Card.
"With the recent rise in anti-Islamic crimes, we are at a crucial time to raise awareness and educate against the dangers of racism. Bwani Junction's concert is an ideal opportunity to engage with music fans and to support the band in their stance against prejudice."
Vicki Burns, Campaign Manager, Show Racism the Red Card Scotland
In recent months Bwani Junction have become increasingly aware of escalating levels of racism in Edinburgh, and Scotland generally - which is obviously a worry for everyone. The issue was brought into sharper focus by some of their Muslim friends suddenly feeling ostracized and persecuted after the horrific murder in Woolwich last month, with new racist graffiti ever-more visible around the city.
The inflammatory presence of UKIP MP Nigel Farage a few weeks ago, and the prospect of him returning to fight a by-election in Aberdeen all helps legitimize the Scottish BNP, who are obviously now keen to whip up hatred on any flimsy pretext.
Lead singer Rory Fairweather says, "we feel this issue is especially important at a time when Scotland is thinking of going independent; we want to be a nation of open minded people, who welcome anyone who wants to contribute - not a nation of xenophobia. We've decided to put on a gig to get this message across, alongside some other musicians who share this view."
In order to send out a message and help combat this, Bwani Junction announce their 'Rockin' Against Racism' gig, on September 21st at The Picture House in Lothian Road. Enlisting some musical friends they've made over the last few years, the gig will be a fund raiser for the charity Show Racism the Red Card - full line-up and details to be announced in the next few weeks.