Readers and Listeners, This SATURDAY 23RD APRIL ’11, SubGlobal Underground present an Easter Saturday clubbing spectacular of global electronica, Sufi dub sounds and transnational breakbeats featuring a few of my friends: DJ Pathaan, Celt Islam, Secret Archives of the Vatican and NonChalant spinning the planet’s best grooves until 3am.
Defo worth checking out if you are in Manchester
Sat 23rd April 2011 – Doors open: 21:00 … tickets are £9
Tel: 0161 834 1786
The Northern Quarter,
Who knows what’s going to happen with the Commonwealth games, but India is coming to London next week … Bandish Projekt one of the pioneers of “Asian Electronica” is in the country and will be playing at the Rich Mix in London on 8th October 2010 at Bobby Friction Presents along with Shri (of Badmarsh and Shri) will be performing live and Bobby will be DJing some dark desi dubstep! POW!
Photo by: http://www.marcdegroot.co.uk/
Message from BHEJA FRY RECORDS:
I know for all the Hindu community it’s the first day of Navaratri and I have been promised we will get to hear their world famous track Garba Rave which came from the inspiration of the 9 day festival starting on the same day. So if you fancy an alternative night come join Shri LIVE Bandish Projekt LIVE and Bobby Friction DJ Set.
People, In aid of the Pakistan Flood Relief, Nasha Records are holding a fundraiser gig. All proceeds and donations will be going to the Relief.
Nasha Records have called upon friends to make this one heck of a night – with a STELLAR line up!!
A fantastic way to help out and do you bit plus experience wiked sounds!!
Next Friday night – Bobby Friction brings his Friction night to the Hare & Hounds for the 1st time this August for a night of International Dubstep & Bass. Expect a a VERY loud session of Indian, Pakistani, Arabic, African, South American & Jamaican influenced Dubstep.
Music on the night from DJ Stanza AKA Scandalous Unltd from BBC 1Xtra, who’s also head of the True Tigers label, the hottest imprint in UK music right now having signed Sukh Knight (Producer, alongside P Money responsible for ‘Slang Like This’) and Stenchman. Bobby Friction (Radio 1 & BBC Asian Network) who’s bringing a full range of dutty Dubstep mashed up with World music & Riddims. Support comes from Bamboo Clart (Shiva Soundsystem) & Knicker Bocker Corey (Bigger Than Barry + Gutter Skank) who between them bring the noise Brum style with DubStepz, Electronica & D&B in equal measures.
WHEN: 13 August at 20:00 – 14 August at 02:00
WHERE: Hare & Hounds, 106 High St, Kings Heath, Birmingham, UK
£5 IN ADVANCE, M.O.T.D
Hey People: there’s gig happening up in Bradford 06/08/2010 – a one off event by DisOriental.
For a while now they’ve been holding the music fort up north. Breaking the borders that separate music, nations and people, DisOriental has for over a decade brought some of the most exciting culture-crossing, genre-bending and formula defying music from all across the globe. after organising regular live music events at The Love Apple in Bradford for many years, DisOriental has been fully nomadic for the last few and now they’re back.
Dipak and Aejaz – the brains behind it all are hitting significant mile stones this year and to celebrate they will be joined with special guests and DisOriental regulars AIWA for some amazing live drum and bass, along with the mighty Dub producer, musician and DJ The Rootsman, who will be playing an exclusive Arabic set just for us.
In addition to these fantabulous guests, the DisOriental family and friends will ensure you can’t keep off the dancefloor till the wee hours of the morning!
This is going to be a FREE party but we would request that you make a small donation to help cover the costs of the acts and so that we can make a donation to the Playhouse (as it has survived through the dedicated work of its volunteers).
for details please visit: DisOriental @80:
Today I get an email from the fab people at Sadler’s Well notifying me of a unique Nitin Sawhney gig!
Confluence is the title of new collaboration between Akram Khan and Nitin Sawhney.
What is it about:
The highly acclaimed Confluence fuses Sawhney’s music with Khan’s unique blend of classical Kathak and contemporary technique. Exploring how the independent stories of these two kindred spirits converged, Confluence offers the opportunity to re-visit their collaborative work together (Kaash, zero degrees and bahok) but it is more than simply a retrospective of their previous pieces. It is an exploration of the nature and fabric of creativity itself. (taken from the website)
A stunning show, but this finale was the icing on the cake, Nitin Sawhney on the acoustic guitar, maestro Aref Durvesh on the tabla and Akram Khanperforming a contemporary Kathak piece with a difference.
Khan wore Ghungrus (feet bells) around the ankles, in order to intensify acoustically the rhythmic movements of the feet which created a jaw dropping performance!
I got to the RichMix a couple of hours early as I was meeting a good friend (TJ Chana, Asian Underground London FB) to chill out and chat with. To my surprise and sheer good fortune Karsh Kale, Midival Punditz, Vishal Vaid and Pt. Ajay Prasanna where busy sound testing. Can you imagine the excitement within? Being a fan of these gents as long as I’ve been a fan of Talvin’s I got the opportunity to watch them fine tune their performance – a true blessing.
After having dinner with them and the legendary Osmani Soundz and Shandy from The Nasha Experience we made our way back to the venue to an absolutely pumpin’ vibe. Bobby Friction was on the decks busting some of the finest dubstep getting the crowd warmed up for one amazing night.
Like majority of the people I had been waiting for this for ages! The last time they were in London together was 1999 when Karsh and Punditz first met! The place went MENTAL when Karsh, Punditz, Vishal and Pt Ajay walked on stage.
Below pics & vids by TJ Chana:
Jumping straight into the first track PD7 from the album Breathing Under Water a great way to start. Intense table beats and drum n bass combined with beautiful melodies being played by Pt Ajay on the Bansuri was a treat!
PD7 – Live @ Richmix
Next up was Letting Go from the album Liberation. This time, Karsh switching from Tabla to the drum kit and a fantastic entry number for Vishal Vaid, whose voice captivated the crowd. I was watching some of the reactions of some of people around me and their eyes popped.
Letting Go – Live @ Richmix
Letting Go was followed by the very dreamlike and feel good track – Sunbeam that features on a fantastic compilation album called REVOLUTION RISING: ethnotechno.com vol.1 presented by dimmSummer.
This track carries you off to a totally different place if you allowed it to soak into and through you. Utilising Vishal’s vocals to the best of its ability.
Then a track we had all been waiting for, named after his daughter and on the original featured tabla maestro himself Zakir Hussain! A beautiful improvisation and an expansion of the original just enhanced it tenfold! I don’t have need to say anything more … just watch the below clip …
Milan: Karsh Kale/Midival Punditz Ft Pt Ajay Prasana
After Milan, my favourite track off the album Hello Hello and originally sung by Angaraag Papon Mahanta was on. Naina Laagey, a seriously beautiful track. I cannot fault it in any way, was simply enchanting and breath-taking.
Heres the original: Live at Paleo Fest 09 not RichMix.
After another an amazing 4 tracks, Atomizer, Electric Universe, Drifting, Bhangra Fever
They ended the gig with Challa.
“the government is picking up the pieces after KK, MPz VV and Pt.AP smashed London” … TJ Chana
Im a huge fan of these guys, got all their albums etc. However there’s nothing like watching your favourite artists performing on stage just a few feet away from you and really bringing alive what you’ve been listening to through speakers and earphones for so many years. It’s how the tracks were intended to be heard LIVE! As I mentioned before there were some
fantastic renditions of original tracks and that a good thing! You don’t want to be hearing the same version as the CD, you want that extra spin, something unique that puts their talents on display which they delivered gracefully.
All the guys are incredibly down to earth, and that’s probably one of the best things about the music I listen to, getting to interact with the artists and finding out they’re just like you and me. The great thing about the gig was the reaction of fans. Watching their faces light up track after track, seeing a constant smile of appreciation made it all worth it in the end!
By far one of the best gigs I’ve been too!
I know for a fact the gig was only a fraction of what they are capable of, I just hope they keep coming back to the UK and allowing us to experience their life’s work.
Thank you: Karsh, Gaurav, Tapan, Vishal, Pt. Ajay, Osmani Soundz, Shandy, TJ Chana!! and Thank you to all those that follow the NADA:BRAHMAN and support the Asian Underground FB page, fantastic meeting you guys hope to see you all again.