The album weaves Punjabi folk traditions, dance hall rhythms from the U. And in the end, we found our audience, and were able to dig deep. Her unique sound has fused Bhangra music with some traditional hip-hop. Especially going back to S. She has been credited with pioneering music in North America. And that was literally twenty years ago when I got written up in the India Abroad, which is a weekly delivered to Indian households.
I also thought it might have been out of my reach but Jube is very close to him. Khan injects his music with Bengali and Bollywood melodies, and throughout his album he speaks for immigrants who left their country to pursue the American dream, only to struggle. Some shows require a lot of prep. It has become received international press, being featured on the cover of Billboard magazine and in Dutch and Japanese television. Built upon funky basslines, hard-hitting drums, and breathless vocal deliveries, bhangra is the gritty foil to Bollywood's showy melodrama. A lot of sikh men came to our party and people who didn't feel secure because we all needed a safe place to gather. And I have someone doing admin stuff to manage some of it but it all points to me.
We just made sure that it was accessible, and you create access by price, by dress codes. I got involved and caught up in a lot of activist spaces in early college and a lot of those early gigs were for fundraisers and that was sort of the community of folks that came up with. So I was like let's try and have a party that just focuses on bhangra music. Its like the labor that goes in to doing that, into trying to clear personas or create things that are interesting in those different formats. She learned to dance at a variety of parties; in basements, backyards and parking lots, and these eclectic dance circles formed her understanding of how parties can bring people together, empower communities and lift spirits. Shipla travelled internationally to perform at a variety of venues, from gritty underground spaces to luxurious banquet halls.
Starting in December, Rekha will bring Basement Bhangra back to S. They grew up in India. He then put out Real People, the album which really showcased his ability to incorporate his Indian roots with his music. I know you've worked hard to make it an inclusive place. Bhangra use a lot of dancehall influences and hip-hop references. How can you structure your set that makes the experience feel different than a wedding or something else? I think doing the first party after the election is going to have its own electric feeling.
We had a common interest in music. It occurs on the first Thursday of every month and has become an international phenomenon, drawing an extremely diverse audience. Here, that's a function of being in a diaspora, that's a function of being outside where you come from, of how you like take to things that you might be more parochial about back home. Oh you want a discount now? The thing is the party's been around and it's travelled so people know about it. I think it crosses those borders outside of India. And then, this happens in other communities too.
She has been credited with pioneering Bhangra music in North America. With pounding percussive beats, she drums away and intones without the slightest inhibition. The idea is that that is the umbrella that produces me as an artist the different branded effects. There are some artists who wanna get paid — it just depends. It occurs on the first Thursday of every month and has become an international phenomenon, drawing an extremely diverse audience. How would you describe the vibe inside Basement Bhangra? In her teen years she continued her dance studies in Classical Indian, Afro-Cuban Folkloric, West African, Jazz and Hip-Hop.
Some of that stuff, those stars that get big cross over to Bollywood. So, various events and people have been programmed which is great. I mean, I was invited to the event. I mean, we just developed a relationship and now we know each other and I have brought her on a few times tp New York. She credits this time in India as critical for exposure to Punjabi, the primary language of bhangra. A lot of it's out of print, and a lot of it never made it to the states.
Alo Wala, the band I really like, Nucleya did a remix for them. He was familiar with the space. Then I heard a song she did with this guy Baba Sehgal , a producer I ended up getting to know. It starts with dance lessons and then turns into a dance party as the night goes on. Bhangra gets people a little too hype? Bollywood is sort of more pristine, more pop. Rhythmically they're just made for each other.