Stunning Barrington Patterson mural unveiled in Birmingham by Commonwealth Games album artist

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 – best known as ‘One Eyed Baz’ – died on March 22 aged 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 featured on Birmingham’s upcoming 2022 album ‘On Record’. The multi-genre album is billed as a love letter to the city of Birmingham ahead of the city that will host the Commonwealth Games this summer.

The mural was installed in less than 24 hours for Barrington who was a guest trainer at Kombat Martial Arts. Ahead of his funeral, Magika emotionally recounted the bond he had with his longtime friend.

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“He was a massive figure and a great role model for me. He was more than just a friend, he was part of the family,” he said. He was a serious guy.

Magika is also known in Birmingham as the founder of the Drum & Bass Awards, this year’s event took place at LAB11 nightclub last month

“When I first heard the news, it was a huge shock and I was devastated. It had a big impact on me, it made me think about a lot of things.

“We know people pass by, we have it through our lives but sometimes a figure comes into your life, it was the one who cared about me. He never wanted anything but he would do anything for you.

“He was like a brother, the love would always be there. If you needed anything, you could call him.

Barrington Patterson
Barrington Patterson

“I can’t say anything more about this man. He played a big role 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 at a show in Ibiza. The mixed martial arts fighter was in charge of security to ensure that Magika and the others were taken care of while abroad.

Barrington himself was known for his punching power and for his last MMA fight, Magika himself circled the ring for his fight in Rotterdam. Magika can also take care of himself, with his background specializing in kung fu.

Magika's autobiography
Magika’s autobiography “Make Some Noize” is set to be released later this year in December

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 have been conducted with artists such as Andy C and UB40 for the book, which is due out in December. A planned interview with Baz failed to materialize despite being discussed in the book.

Having appeared on an album in association with Birmingham 2022, it’s no surprise 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 judo. I want to go see that,” he said.

“It’s time we had something prolific here. We are the second city, we should have had something a long time ago. I’m glad we can see it in my lifetime. Hopefully these great sporting events will continue for a long time.

“Hopefully they (Birmingham 2022) deliver it, hopefully they do a good job. The world will be watching and it’s going to put Birmingham’s name out there.

Fresh off of the annual Drum and Bass Awards – the event he founded – Magika will be featured on the ‘On Record’ album as part of his band called Horizon. The track will also be called Horizon, a laid back drum and bass track centered on a new perspective.

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