Justin Thurgur (born 1974) is a British trombonist and composer/arranger. He is most well known for his work with the English folk group Bellowhead, who he played with from its formation in 2004 until they called it a day in May 2016. Bellowhead were winners of five 'Best Live Act' awards, two 'Best Group' awards and one 'Best Album' award from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They were Artists in Residence at the South Bank Centre from 2007.
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His album for this project ‘No Confusion’ was released in July 2016 on their label ‘Funkiwala’, which was also officially launched in July. They have also been working on an album with the Bangladeshi Baul singer Baby Akhtar and on a new project, ‘Cubafrobeat’, which combines Cuban rhumba with Afro-Beat and features ex-Fela and Femi Kuti pianist/singer Dele Sosimi. Thurgur appeared on a soundtrack of Khan’s for the Bangladeshi movie ‘The Last Thakur’, for which Khan won a Grand Jury award for ‘Best Music’ at the South Asian International Film Festival in New York.
Justin Thurgur was the trombonist for the folk group Bellowhead. In 2016 Khan and Thurgur set up the label Funkiwala together. Thurgur's album 'No Confusion' was released on this label in July 2016.
Opener Straight Down To My Soul is a chugging, reggae-flecked number with wheeling Hammond organ and horn riffs that nod to Afrobeat; Khan’s own You’ve Got To, a careering Bangla-Afro-Cuban instrumental with flugelhorn solo by Graeme Flowers, deftly celebrates our commonality. Thurgur plays the Forge in Camden on July 16 for the launch of Funkiwala, a new musician–run record label.