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September 7, 2013


You know the thrill you get whenever Leicester pops up on the telly? That unaccountable little buzz when Paul Hollywood is filmed wandering down Granby Street, or Jamie Oliver pops up at a pubrestaurant off Catherine Street, or Hugh Fearnley-Thingy... well, you get the picture: it's usually something to do with food that brings the cameras and the celebs here. Spicy food, at that.

Anyway, multiply that golden glow by a factor of 100 or more and you've got a taste of the effect of seeing Jadoo on the big screen.

Amit Gupta's marinated-in-Leicester comedy drama is something to do with food, too. Spicy food, at that.

The plot: two estranged brothers have an epic fall-out - rip the family recipe book in half and run rival restaurants on Belgrave Road.

A wedding looms. Can they be reconciled? Jadoo opened yesterday and is screening at Leicester cinemas. Go. But we strongly recommend you stifle the urge to wha-hey loudly every time you recognise a landmark.

egg-chasers of Leicestershire: the wait is over. Tomorrow at Welford Road, Premiership champions Leicester Tigers take on Worcester Warriors in the first clash of a new season.

Kick-off is at 2pm, and it's live on new-kid-on-the-TV-block, BT Sport 1, from 1pm.

But, actually, being there is by far the best, of course. Especially tomorrow, when you can swing by the annual Tigers in the Park shindig before the game. The striped shebang is staged on Nelson Mandela Park and features a fly-past by the world-famous Red Arrows. There's an obstacle course challenge for kids, inflatable jollity, a test-your-rugby-skills sports zone and music from The Atlantics, Funk Soul Brother and Chris Armson.

they called him the Godfather of Ska, and to Leicester's quiet satisfaction, Blue Beat trailblazer Laurel Aitken made his home here.

In the late 1980s he formed a backing band using musicians from the city, who toured with him across Britain and Europe for years.

Now, The Pressure Tenants have reformed to pay tribute to Aitken, who died in 2005.

Catch them tonight at the Musician. Don't forget your dancing shoes.

he was a legend in his own lifetime, a figure who is revered even now as one of the finest qwalli singers in the world.

The late, gentle giant of Sufi music, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, died suddenly in 1997 but not before leaving his nephew the daunting task of keeping the torch burning on a reputation built over a 600-year unbroken chain of qwalli singers from the same family.

Rahat's debut performance was at the tender age of 11, under the watchful eye of his uncle.

Ten years on, he contributed to the soundtrack of the 1995 Hollywood film Dead Man Walking, in collaboration with Eddie Vedder, lead singer with Pearl Jam, alongside his uncle.

He picked up the momentum as a rising star within both the Sufi qwalli medium and world music stage, in collaboration with James Horner on the soundtrack for Four Feathers.

You can catch Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at De Montfort Hall tonight, as his Voice From Heaven Tour makes an earthly stop in Leicester.

Bringing a voice from heaven clearly costs, mind.

Tickets range from Pounds 35 to an eyewatering 100 quid.

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