Ahead of Barrington Patterson’s funeral on May 20, Birmingham 2022 album artist MC Magika spoke about his close relationship with the popular figure. Barrington Patterson – predominantly known as ‘One Eyed Baz’ – died on March 22 at the age of 56 and a mural celebrating his life has been unveiled at Magika’s dojo, Kombat Martial Arts in Stirchley.
Drum and bass mc and martial artist, Magika, real name Imran Majid, is one of several artists featuring on the upcoming Birmingham 2022 album ‘On Record’. The multi-genre album is billed as a love letter to the city of Birmingham ahead of the city hosting the Commonwealth Games this summer.
The mural was set up in less than 24 hours for Barrington who was a guest trainer at Kombat Martial Arts. Ahead of his funeral, Magika emotionally retold the connection he had with his long-time friend.
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“He was a massive figure and a big role model for me. He was more than just a friend, he was family,” he said. “A charming, caring individual who cared about people. This was a serious guy.
“When I first heard the news, it was a massive shock and I was distraught. It’s had a great impact on me, it’s made me think about a lot of things.
“We know people pass, we have it through our lives but sometimes a figure comes into your life, he was one that cared about me. He never wanted anything but he’d do anything for you.
“He was like a brother, the love would always be there. If you needed anything, you could ring him.
“I can’t really say anything more about the man. He played a big part in my life and I will never forget him.”
The bond between Baz and Magika was formed when Baz was assigned to look after Magika and other artists during a show in Ibiza. The mixed martial arts fighter was in charge of security to make sure Magika and others were looked after during their time abroad.
Barrington himself was known for his punch power and for his last ever MMA fight, Magika himself did the ring walk for his bout in Rotterdam. Magika can also look after himself, with his background specialising in kung fu.
Since 2008, Magika has been a member of the Shaun Rawcliffe Midlands Wing Chun School. A book will be released later this year titled ‘Make Some Noize’ which documents the MC’s life.
Interviews were completed with artists such as Andy C and UB40 for the book which is scheduled to be released in December. A planned interview with Baz was unable to come to fruition although he will be spoken about in the book.
Having appeared on an album in association with Birmingham 2022, it’s unsurprising that Magika is looking forward to Birmingham hosting its first ever Commonwealth Games. It’s something the MC feels the city is long overdue.
“I’m really looking forward to it, I’m interested in seeing some of the Judo. I want to go and have a look at that,” he said.
“It’s about time we have something prolific here. We’re the second city, we should have had something a long time ago. I’m glad we’re getting to see it in my lifetime. Hopefully long may these big sporting events continue.
“I hope they (Birmingham 2022) deliver it, I hope they do a good job. The world will be watching and it’s going to put Birmingham’s name out there.”
Fresh from appearing at the annual Drum and Bass Awards – the event he founded – Magika will be featuring on the ‘On Record’ album as part of his group called Horizon. The track will also be called Horizon, a laid-back drum and bass track centred around a new outlook.
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Source: Healthy Duck.