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Bhangra (Punjabi: ਭੰਗੜਾ بھنگڑا, IPA: [pə̀ŋgɽäː]) is a lively form of music and dance that originated in India. Punjabi redirects here. ...


Originating in the region of Punjab in India, Bhangra began as a folk dance done by farmers. Bhangra commemorated the coming of the Spring and marked the birth of the new harvest, a time known as Baisakhi celebrated by Sikhs. Bhangra ushered in a new beginning, a rebirth of the Earth, a means for farmers and the common people of Northern India to salute the new season. Today, Bhangra survives in different forms and styles all over the globe. In fact, Bhangra has been hailed by many as the world’s fastest growing dance and musical form. Today, bhangra is celebrated everywhere by people of all ages and races – from the radio, to pop music, and even to collegiate competitions. As Bhangra becomes more well-known, some of its practitioners try to maintain its traditionalism while at the same time embracing its evolution as an art form. A Sikh man wearing a turban The adherents of Sikhism are called Sikhs. ...

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History

Bhangra, in the traditional sense, is a folk dance and not a music form though now it is seen to refer to both to the music and the dance. Bhangra music is based heavily on the percussion instruments.


Bhangra is a part of harvest and vaisakhi festival celebrations of Sikhs, and found its way to the performance stage after the division of the Punjab in 1947. The Punjabi dance performed at this time in ecstasy with the beat of Dhol came to be known as Bhangra. The tradition spread slowly to other parts of the region and developed into a unique folk dance form. Bhangra has come of age and is now performed at every major celebration and in clubs etc. Vaisakhi (Punjabi: , , also known as Baisakhi) is an ancient harvest festival in Punjab, which also marks beginning of a new solar year, and new harvest season. ... A Sikh man wearing a turban The adherents of Sikhism are called Sikhs. ... Punjabi Dances, due to the long history of the Punjabi culture and of the Punjabi people there is a large number of dances. ... The dhol (Punjabi: ਢੋਲ, ڈھول; Hindustani: ढोल, ڈھول; Armenian: Դոլ) dohol (Persian: ), is a drum (a percussion musical instrument) widely used in India and Pakistan, usually the Punjab region, the Indian/Pakistani province of Punjab, Maharastra and Gujarat. ...


Traditional Bhangra is a fusion of music, singing and the beat of the dhol drum, a single stringed instrument called the iktar (ektara), the tumbi and the chimta. The accompanying songs are small couplets written in the Punjabi language called bolis. They relate to harvest celebration, love, patriotism or current social issues. Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... The dhol (Punjabi: ਢੋਲ, ڈھول; Hindustani: ढोल, ڈھول; Armenian: Դոլ) dohol (Persian: ), is a drum (a percussion musical instrument) widely used in India and Pakistan, usually the Punjab region, the Indian/Pakistani province of Punjab, Maharastra and Gujarat. ... Ektara (Bangla: একতারা; also called ektar or gopichand) is a one string instrument used in Bangladesh and India. ... Ektara (Bangla: একতারা) is a one string instrument used in Bangladesh and India. ... The tumbi is a traditional Punjabi string instrument associated with the Bhangra folkdance. ... The chimta is a traditional percussion instrument of India. ... Punjabi redirects here. ...


In Punjabi folk music, the dhol's smaller cousin, the dholki, was nearly always used to provide the main beat. Nowadays the dhol is used more frequently, with and without the dholki. Additional percussion, including tabla, is less frequently used in bhangra as a solo instrument but is sometimes used to accompany the dhol and dholki. The dholki drum patterns in Bhangra music bare an intimate similarity to the rhythms in Reggae music. This rhythm serves as a common thread which allows for easy commingling between Bhangra and Reggae as demonstrated by such artists as the UK's Apache Indian.[1][2] The Dholak (sometimes dholaki) is a classical North Indian hand drum. ... Percussion redirects here. ... The tabla (Hindi: तब्ला, tablā, Urdu: تبلہ) is a popular Indian percussion instrument used in the classical, popular and religious music of the Indian subcontinent and in Hindustani classical music. ... The dhol (Punjabi: ਢੋਲ, ڈھول; Hindustani: ढोल, ڈھول; Armenian: Դոլ) dohol (Persian: ), is a drum (a percussion musical instrument) widely used in India and Pakistan, usually the Punjab region, the Indian/Pakistani province of Punjab, Maharastra and Gujarat. ... The Dholak (sometimes dholaki) is a classical North Indian hand drum. ... The Dholak (sometimes dholaki) is a classical North Indian hand drum. ...


As many Bhangra lyrics reflect the long and often tumultuous history of the Punjab, knowledge of Punjabi history offers important insights into the meaning of the music. During the last thirty years, Bhangra has enjoyed a surge in popularity worldwide, both in traditional form and as a fusion with genres such as hip-hop, house, and reggae.


Bhangra in the 1970s

In the late 1960s and 1970s, several Sikh singers from the punjab set the stage for Bhangra to become a mass phenomenon. These singers, some of whom are still active today, include Kuldip Manak, Amar Singh Chamkila, and A.S. Kang.Chirag Vaid Religions Sikhism Scriptures Guru Granth Sahib Languages English, Punjabi] A Sikh (English: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ) is an adherent to Sikhism. ... Kuldeep Manak is a Punjabi singer. ... Amar Singh Chamkila (Punjabi: ) (July 21, 1961 – March 8, 1988) was a high-profile Punjabi singer, songwriter, and musician. ...


Bhangra in the 1980s

Major migrations of Sikhs to the UK brought with them the Bhangra music, which became popular in Britain during the 1980’s, although heavily influenced in Britain by the infusion of classic Moroccan films and Islamic chants. It signaled the development of a self-conscious and distinctively British Asian youth culture centred on an experiential sense of self i.e. language, gesture, bodily signification, desires, etc... in a situation in which tensions with British culture and racist elements in British society had resulted in alienation in many minority ethnic groups and fostered a sense of need for an affirmation of a positive identity and culture, and provided a platform for British South Asian males to assert their masculinity.[3][4][5][6] A Sikh man wearing a turban The adherents of Sikhism are called Sikhs. ... This box:      Racism has many definitions, the most common and widely accepted is that members of one race are intrinsically superior or inferior to members of other races. ... Look up alienation, alienate in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... “Minority” redirects here. ...


Bhangra dancing was perceived as a male dance, a "man's song", with strong, intense movements, that many women did not want to engage in, so they could respect its masculine roots.[7]


In the 1980’s Bhangra artists were selling over 30,000 cassettes a week, but not one artist made their way onto the top 40 in the U.K., despite these artists outselling popular British ones.[8]


One of the biggest Bhangra stars of the last several decades is Malkit Singh - known as "the golden voice of the Punjab" - and his group, Golden Star. Malkit was born in June 1963, in the village Hussainpur, in Punjab. He attended the Khalsa College, Jalandhar, in the Punjab, in 1980 to study for a B.A. in Arts. Here he met his mentor, Professor Inderjit Singh, who nurtured his skills in Punjabi folk singing and Bhangra dancing. Thanks to Singh's tutelage, Malkit entered and won many song contests during this time. In 1983 he won a gold medal at the University of Guru Nanak, in Amritsar, Punjab, for performing his hit song Gurh Naloo Ishq Mitha, which later featured on his first album, Nach Gidhe Wich, released in 1984. The album was a strong hit among South Asians worldwide, and after its release Malkit and his band moved to the United Kingdom to continue their work. Malkit has now produced 16 albums and has toured 27 countries in his Bhangra career. Malkit has been awarded the prestigious MBE by the Queen of England for his services to Bhangra music. Singh in concert (far right). ...


Gurdas Mann, a multi-talented Sikhsinger from Punjabi, had a huge impact on Bhangra music. He started his career in 1982 with his first album, Dil Da Mamla, followed by his huge hit Masti, musically directed by Charanjit Ahuja, the man who changed the sound of Punjabi music in India with the use of non-ethnic instruments such as Spanish guitars, saxophone and trumpet. Since then Gurdas Maan has become an idol for many, not only for his lyrical and musical talent, but also his acting ability. He appeared in the Punjabi film Long Da Lishkara, which included the mega hit Challa (remixed in 1999 by Punjabi MC on his album Legalised). Since 1982 Gurdass Mann has released a number of hit albums, performed at sold-out concerts around the world and released many popular singles, including Apna Punjab. Gurdas Mann (Punjabi: , born 1957 in Giddarbaha, Faridkot District, Punjab, India) is a Sufi singer and actor. ... Religions Sikhism Scriptures Guru Granth Sahib Languages English, Punjabi] A Sikh (English: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ) is an adherent to Sikhism. ...


The group Alaap, fronted by Channi Singh, the man made famous by his white scarf, hails from Southall, a Punjabi area in London. Their album Teri Chunni De Sitaray, released in 1982 by Multitone, created quite a stir at a time when Bhangra was still in its early days in the UK. This album played a critical role in creating an interest in Bhangra among Asian university students in Britain. Alaap were unique with a live-set that was the best ever to play on the Bhangra stage. Their music oozed perfection especially the rhythm section. The music produced for Alaap included the pioneering sounds by Deepak Khazanchi.


Heera, formed by Bhupinder Bhindi and fronted by Kumar and Dhami, was one of the most popular bands of the eighties. Fans were known to gatecrash weddings where they played. The group established itself with the albums Jag Wala Mela, produced by music maestro of the time Kuljit Bhamra and Diamonds from Heera, produced the Deepak Khazanchi the man behind the new sound of UK Bhangra, on Arishma records. These albums are notable for being amongst the first Bhangra albums to successfully create mix Western drums and synthesizers with traditional Punjabi instruments. Heera Rajgopal from the film Thiruda Thiruda Heera Rajgopal also known simply as Heera was a popular Indian actress in the 1990s. ...


Bands such as “Alaap” and “Heera” incorporated disco influenced beats into Bhangra because it enabled the "Asian youth to affirm their identities positively" within the larger venue of hip-hop as an alternative way of expression. However, Some believe that the progression of Bhangra music created an "intermezzo culture" post-India's Partition, within the unitary definitions of Southeast Asians within the diaspora. Thus, “establishing a brand new community in their home away from home".[9][10]


Several other influential groups appeared around the same time, including The Saathies, Bhujungy Group, Azaad (of Drum'n'Dhol and Kabaddi fame) and Apna Sangeet. Apna Sangeet, most famously known for their hit Mera Yaar Vajavey Dhol, are still performing and are known as one of the best live acts in Bhangra.


When bhangra and Indian sounds and lyrics were brought to, British-Asian artists began incorporating them in their music. Certain Asian artists, such as Bally Sagoo, Talvin Singh, Badmarsh, Black Star Liner, and State of Bengal are creating their own form of British hip-hop. Even more well established groups like Cornershop, Fun-Da-Mental, and Asian Dub Foundation are finding different means and methods to create new sounds that other Asian groups have never formed.[11] By mixing the sounds of bhangra with the popular sounds of hip-hop and R&B, Asians are able to stay true to their own culture, while being open to a world of change. British-Asians have to be conscious of both cultures in their everyday life and now are doing so in their music as well. [12]


Bhangra in the 1990s

Bhangra took large steps toward mainstream credibility in the 1990s, especially among youths. At the beginning of the nineties, many artists returned to the original, folk beats of Bhangra, often incorporating more dhol drum beats and tumbi. This time also saw the rise of several young Punjabi singers.


This era saw the very first boy band called the Sahotas, a band made up of five brothers from Wolverhampton, UK. Their music is a fusion Reggae, Rock, Dance fused with their very own distinctive sound.


The most influential of these young superstars was the "Canadian folkster", Jazzy Bains. Originally from Namasher in Punjab, "Jazzy B", as he is commonly referred to, has become one of the preeminent Bhangra artists in the world after his debut in 1992. Having sold over 55,000 copies of his second album, Folk and Funky, he is now one of the best-selling Bhangra artists in the world, with a vocal style likened to that of Kuldip Manak. Although much of his music has a traditional Punjabi beat, he is known for having songs that incorporate a hip-hop style such as "Romeo." Jazzy Bains has taken up a particularly modern, hip-hop image for himself, perhaps helping his popularity in the process.


Another famous young Bhangra super star is Bhinda Jatt,Jat Sikh, "the Folk Warrior of California." Jatt, whose style reminds many of Bains, started his career alongside his brother Kaiser, an excellent dhol player. Their first album was a huge success.


Bhangra is also heavily influenced by Hustlers HC. This rap group combines some guitar with hip hop beats. The Asian group raps about politics, capitalism, racial oppression, and the Asian cultural and political stance in Britain. Each of their songs relates to some importance in the world of the Asian culture. "Big Trouble in Little Asia" is a giant hit for this rap group, speaking mostly about the Asian life in Britain. This group influences the Bhangra genre, as well as the people and youth of the Asian culture. [13]


The Hustlers HC is a group that uses their lyrics to discuss social issues related to the Asian community. In the song "Big Trouble in Little Asia", Hustlers-HC intelligently discusses the issues of post-colonial India, racism in Britain, and the richness of Asian culture.[14]. One of the members of the group stated that reggae music contains Bhangra rhythm, related to the dholak drum patterns in the music.[15]. In relation to the rhythm, there are some ring tones that consist of the Bhangra riddim, with the reggae drum beats. [16]


Another artist to rise to stardom with many successful hits was Punjabi MC. Long before Timbaland and Dr. Dre started using Indian music, the English rapper, DJ and producer Panjabi MC (sometimes also spelled Punjabi MC) was mixing hip hop and jungle with bhangra. ...


Sanjay Sharma places Bhangra within an argument of essentialism, anti-essentialism, and anti-anti essentialism. By suggesting that one cannot boil a genre down to its base elements without losing history or context, Sharma seems to imply that interpretation of Bhangra must exist in the space where Asian, UK and hip hop cultures meet. Oversimplification of the genre by outsiders is detrimental to the music’s message, but artists are responsible for how they express their music’s content as well.[17] In "Bhangra's Ambassador, Keeping the Party Spinning" from the New York Times, DJ Rekha is conscious of her cultural accountability to her music. She suggests that "because I'm working with my culture, and it's being accessed or consumed by other cultures, then I have a strong responsibility to how that message is made. [18]


Other influential Bhangra artists include Surinder Shinda - famous for his Putt Jattan De, Harbhajan Mann, Manmohan Waris, Meshi Eshara,Sarbjit Cheema, Hans Raj Hans, Sardool Sikander, Sahotas, Geet the MegaBand, Anakhi, Sat Rang, XLNC, B21, Shaktee, Intermix, Sahara, Paaras, PDM, DCS, Amar Group, Sangeet Group, and Bombay Talkie. // Harbhajan Mann is a Punjabi singer and actor. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Hans Raj Hans, father of Navraj Hans and Yugraj Hans, is a Punjabi singer born in a village called Shafipur near Jalandhar. ...


Through the use of traditional Indian instruments, bhangra music porvides a link for British Indians to their roots. "The string instruments include the tumbi, sarangi, sapera, supp, and chimta. The dhad, dafli, dholki, and damru are the other drums. The tumbi, famously mastered by Amar Singh Chamkila, a famous Punjabi singer, is a high-tone, single-string instrument."(Clint Kelly and Jasjeet Thind, [1]). Bhangra followers often feel that the music is an expression of identity. As the movement gains momentum, Bhangra music has also gained international recognition. "Asian fusion is a melding of the sounds of the sub-continent with hip hop beats and R&B influences, and it's no longer destined to be tucked away in the World Music section of your record store." (Mehta, Ashta [2]).


Dances

Bhangra has developed as a combination of dances from different parts of the Punjab region. The term "Bhangra" now refers to several kinds of dances and arts, including Jhumar, Luddi, Giddha, Julli, Daankara, Dhamal, Saami, Kikli, and Gatka. Jhumar, originally from Sandalbar, Punjab, comprises an important part of Punjab folk heritage. It is a graceful dance, based on a specific Jhumar rhythm. Dancers circle around a drum player while singing a soft chorus. [19] A person performing the Luddi dance places one hand behind his head and the other in front of his face, while swaying his head and arms. He typically wears a plain loose shirt and sways in a snake-like manner. Like a Jhumar dancer, the Luddi dancer moves around a dhol player.[20] Women have a different but equally exuberant dance called Giddha. The dancers enact verses called bolis, representing a wide variety of subjects - everything from arguments with a sister-in-law to political affairs. The rhythm of the dance depends not only the drums, but also on the handclaps of the dancers. Julli is a dance associated with Muslim holy men called pirs and is generally performed in their hermitages. Typically the dancers dress all in black, and perform Julli in a sitting posture, but it is sometimes also done around the grave of a preceptor. Julli is unique in that one person, alone, can perform the dance if he so desires. Daankara is a dance of celebration, typically performed at weddings. Two men, each holding colorful staves, dance around each other in a circle while tapping their sticks together in rhythm with the drums. Dancers also form a circle while performing Dhamal. They also hold their arms high, shake their shoulders and heads, and yell and scream. Dhamal is a true folk-dance, representing the heart of Bhangra. Women of the Sandalbar region traditionally are known for the Saami. The dancers dress in brightly colored kurtas and full flowing skirts called lehengas. Like Daankara, Kikli features pairs of dancers, this time women. The dancers cross their arms, hold each other's hands, and whirl around singing folk songs. Occasionally four girls join hands to perform this dance. Gatka is a Sikh martial art in which people use swords, sticks, or daggers. Historians believe that the sixth Sikh guru started the art of gatka after the martyrdom of fifth guru Guru Arjan Dev. Wherever there is a large Khalsa Sikh population, there will be Gatka participants, often including small children and adults. These participants usually perform Gatka on special Punjabi holidays. In addition to these different dances, a Bhangra performance typically contains many energetic stunts. The most popular stunt is called the moor, or peacock, in which a dancer sits on someone's shoulders, while another person hangs from his torso by his legs. Two-person towers, pyramids, and various spinning stunts are also popular. Pavan's dance moves are also very popular. [21] Giddha (Punjabi: , ) is a form of dance that comes from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. ...


Costumes

Traditionally, men wear a chaadra while doing Bhangra. A chaadra is a piece of cloth wrapped around the waist. Men also wear a kurta, which is a long Indian-style shirt. In addition, men wear Pugdee - also known as turbans - to cover their heads.


In modern times, men also wear turla - the fan attached to the pugdee. Colorful vest are worn above the kurta. Fumans - small balls attached to ropes - are worn on each arm.


Women wear the traditional Punjabi dress, ghagra. A ghagra is composed of a long colorful shirt and baggy, vibrant skirt. Women also wear duppattas, colorful pieces of cloth wrapped around the neck. Many Bhangra songs make references to the duppatta. Also, women wear suits called salwars which are baggy pants and a long colorful shirt.


In addition to describing the Bhangra dressing/costumes, as aforementioned, it is very colorful and vibrant, as it represents the rich rural colors of Punjab. Referring to some sources, [22]Besides the above, the Bhangra dress has different parts that are listed below in detail, Turla or Torla whis is fan like adornment on the turban, a Pag (turban, a sign of pride/honor in Punjab): This is tied different to the traditional type of turban that you can see Sikhs wearing in the street. The turban has to be tied before each show, and is not ready made like a hat.Kaintha (necklace), some men also wear earrings Kurta - Similar to a silk shirt, with about 4 buttons, very loose with embroidered patterns.Lungi or Chadar - This is a loose loincloth tied around the dancer’s waist. Again it would be decorated.Jugi: A waistcoat, with no buttons. Rammal: These are essentially scarves worn on the fingers. They also look very elegant and effective when the hands move during the course of bhangra performance. According to Sanjay Sharma, in her article, [23] she explains/points out the fact, Bhangra represents Asians and is referred to today as Asian music which accounts for the vast existence of Asian wear and not to mention symbols as part of their traditional dress/costumes. Pag (Latin Pagus, village, Italian Pago) is an island in northern Adriatic Sea, off the coast of Croatia. ... A kurta (or sometimes kurti, for women) is a traditional piece of clothing worn in Afghanistan, northern India, and Pakistan. ... A boy in a village of Narail, Bangladesh wearing a lungi with single knot. ... Young Iranian girls wearing chadors in school. ...


Lyrics

Bhangra lyrics, always sung in the Punjabi language, generally cover social issues such as love, relationships, dancing, and marriage. Additionally, there are countless Bhangra songs devoted to Punjabi pride themes and Punjabi heroes. The lyrics are tributes to the rich cultural traditions of the Punjabis. In particular, many Bhangra tracks have been written about Udham Singh and Bhagat Singh. Less serious topics include beautiful ladies with their colorful duppattas, and dancing and drinking in the fields of the Punjab.


Bhangra singers do not sing in the same tone of voice as their Southeast Asian counterparts. Rather, they employ a high, energetic tone of voice. Singing fiercely, and with great pride, they typically add nonsensical, random noises to their singing. Likewise, often people dancing to Bhangra will yell phrases such as "Hey hey hey", "Balle balle", "Haripa" or "Ch-Ch" to the music.


Instruments

Many different Punjabi instruments contribute to the sound of Bhangra. Although the most important instrument is the dhol drum, Bhangra also features a variety of string and other drum instruments. The dhol (Punjabi: ਢੋਲ, ڈھول; Hindustani: ढोल, ڈھول; Armenian: Դոլ) dohol (Persian: ), is a drum (a percussion musical instrument) widely used in India and Pakistan, usually the Punjab region, the Indian/Pakistani province of Punjab, Maharastra and Gujarat. ...


The primary and most important instrument that defines Bhangra is the dhol. The dhol is a large, high-bass drum, played by beating it with two sticks - known as daggah (bass end) and tilli (treble end). The width of a dhol skin is about fifteen inches in general, and the dhol player holds his instrument with a strap around his neck.


The string instruments include the tumbi, sarangi, sapera, supp, and chimta. The dhad, dafli, dholki, and damru are the other drums. The tumbi, originally played by legends such as Lalchand Yamla Jatt and Kuldip Manak in true folk recordings and then famously mastered by Amar Singh Chamkila, a famous Punjabi singer, is a high-tone, single-string instrument. Although it has only one string, mastering the tumbi takes many years. The sarangi is a multi-stringed instrument, somewhat similar to the violin. The sapera produces a beautiful, high-pitched stringy beat, while the supp and chimta add an extra, light sound to Bhangra music. Finally, the dhad, dafli, dholki, and damru are instruments that produce more drum beats, but with much less bass than the dhol drum. The tumbi is a traditional Punjabi string instrument associated with the Bhangra folkdance. ... The chimta is a traditional percussion instrument of India. ... The Dholak (sometimes dholaki) is a classical North Indian hand drum. ... Amar Singh Chamkila (Punjabi: ) (July 21, 1961 – March 8, 1988) was a high-profile Punjabi singer, songwriter, and musician. ...


Remixes

Many South Asian DJs, especially in America, have mixed Bhangra music with house, reggae, and hip-hop to add a different flavor to Bhangra. These remixes continued to gain popularity as the nineties came to an end.


Of particular note among remix artists is Bally Sagoo, a Punjabi-Sikh, Anglo-Indian raised in Birmingham, England. Sagoo described his music as "a bit of tablas, a bit of the Indian sound. But bring on the bass lines, bring on the funky-drummer beat, bring on the James Brown samples", to Time magazine in 1997. He was recently signed by Sony as the flagship artist for a new . The most popular of these is Daler Mehndi, a Punjabi singer from India, and his music, known as "Bhangra Pop". Mehndi has become a major name not just in Punjab, but also all over India, with tracks such as Bolo Ta Ra Ra and Ho Jayegee Balle Balle. He has made the sound of Bhangra-pop a craze amongst many non-Punjabis in India, selling many millions of albums. Perhaps his most impressive accomplishment is the selling of 250,000 albums in Kerela, a state in the South of India where Punjabi is not spoken.


Toward the end of the decade, Bhangra continued reaching out to mainstream culture, with Sikhartists like Bally Sagoo and Apache Indian signing with international recording labels Sony and Island. Moreover, Multitone Records, one of the major recording labels associated with Bhangra in Britain in the eighties and nineties, was bought by BMG. Finally, a recent Pepsi commercial launched in Britain featured South Asian actors and Bhangra music. This, perhaps more than anything else, is a true sign of the emergence of Bhangra into popular culture. Religions Sikhism Scriptures Guru Granth Sahib Languages English, Punjabi] A Sikh (English: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ) is an adherent to Sikhism. ...


Post-Bhangra continues to gain popularity in both the UK and US. As mentioned above, artists such as Bally Sagoo offer what was referred to as "Bollywood remixes". This is just one result of the fusion the traditional Bhangra beats and South Asian instruments with that of other contemporary music genres. Other lesser popular offshoots include "Bhangramuffin" and Acid Bhangra. Bhangramuffin mixes traditional Bhangra backgrounds are combined with Ragga; one famous band from this genre is Apache Indian. As the title suggests, Acid Bhangra combines acid music with Bhangra. An interesting result of its popularity was that post-Bhangra gave rise to a new wave of club culture (ie. Hot 'n Spicy at London's Limelight nightclub and Manchester's Shankeys Soap). Although much of the popularity was centered around South Asian participation, post-Bhangra expressed a "process of musical cultural hybridization and syncretism that moved beyond a straightforward juxtaposition of dance music genres."[24] Bally Sagoo (born Baljit Singh Sagoo) is a British Asian musician and DJ who was born in Ranjit Nagar, Delhi, India but grew up in Birmingham, England, in a predominantly Black neighbourhood, influenced by disco, rap and Motown music. ... Bollywood (Hindi: , Urdu: ) is the informal term popularly used for Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry in India. ... Bhangragga is a slang term for the style of music incorporating elements of Bhangra and dancehall reggae (or Raggamuffin, from the Jamaican Patois for scoundrel). The sound is very Indian) vocals delivered in the clipped style associated with Dancehall - and sometimes including the Patois of the latter style. ... Apache Indian is the stage name of the reggae dee jay/toaster, Steven Kapur (born 11 May 1967, Handsworth, Birmingham). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Although it sounds like a musical form that would follow the original Bhangra, post-Bhangra most specifically refers to a similar musical form with a greater emphasis on inter-dance-genre dialogues. In this way, post-Bhangra has an element of remixing and fusing Black and Asian styles of dance that is not as prevalent in traditional Bhangra. According to Sanjay Sharma, "just as Bhangra has been in constant dialogue with other (black) dance genres, post-Bhangra carries this through more incisively and intentionally."[25] At the same time though, post-Bhangra contains the same components of racial and cultural affirmation that have been seen in Bhangra before it. In fact, with a larger focus on the dance fusion style and post-Bhangra "[operating] musically more in terms of other genres, of Ragga, Rap or Jungle music,"[25] it is very easy to see how this music attacks the essentialism that lay at the heart of the British Empire. Indeed, by fusing such starkly contrasting dance genres, post-Bhangra artists subject racial signifiers such as "Asianness" or "Blackness" to immense scrutiny. While these notions of racial and cultural essentialism can produce national pride and a finite sense of identity, they can also be highly detrimental to society at large. Since essentialism claims that people can be categorized according to some definite essence, it often leads to civil disputes and factionalism and places social boundaries between different groups of people, preventing cultural diffusion. On the flip side, post-Bhangra offers these displaced Asians in the UK an avenue for expressing their condemnation of the rigid essentialism which questions their participation in a black-dominated music scene in the first place. Not only this, but Asian artists address the issue that they too have faced social difficulties in the UK and that their music is truly authentic. Not to be confused with Rāga. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Drum and bass (commonly abbreviated to d&b, DnB, dnb, dnb, drum n bass and drum & bass) is a type of electronic dance music also known as jungle which emerged in the early 1990s. ... For a comprehensive list of the territories that formed the British Empire, see Evolution of the British Empire. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent...


Post-bhangra has been described as a tool for strategic identity politics, presenting itself as a medium for protest against colonialism and racism. By raising awareness to problems of racism within Asian contexts, post-bhangra ventures to model movements created by organizations that have engendered a sense of unique identity for their constituents, such as the Nation of Islam and the Black Panther Party. Furthermore, it allows for the expression of frustration related to racial tension that has been blanketed by social apathy. Post-bhangra music has created "new ethnicities" that are pertinent to the historical ties of the Indian subcontinent whilst remaining independent of the region itself. The formation of this new sense of Asian identity has been a leading proponent of post-bhangra, providing Asian youth with a feeling of belonging despite having to struggle to identify with a new culture that is not confined to the cultural norms of their roots nor completely assimilated with any existing culture [26].


Somewhere between mimicry and appropriation, post-Bhangra manages to feed off of mainstream black dance genres and then flourish in a more localized context, giving it the local importance it has to Asian and Black Britons. Rupa Huq says with respect to post-Bhangra's mainstream popularity that "spring 1998 saw the number one hit 'Brimful of Asha' from Cornershop,"[27] indicating that post-Bhangra is gaining the global attention it needs. As this musical form finds its way into mainstream styles and media, the British faces behind it hope to endorse the fight against "white racial terror, neo-colonialism/ imperialism and global racial subjugation."[25] Therefore, post-Bhangra is an important musical form both because it defies essentialism by mixing and clashing seemingly incommensurbale sounds and cultures and because it provides Asian youth in the UK with a vehicle for self-expression as part of a musical scene with which they would otherwise be discoruaged from associating. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Brimful of Asha is an East-West Fusion pop-rock song by the British band Cornershop, which originally reached number 60 in the UK Singles Chart in 1997. ... Cornershop is a British indie band formed in Leicester in 1992 by Wolverhampton-born Tjinder Singh (singer, songwriter, and dholaki player), his brother Avtar Singh (bass guitar, vocals), David Chambers (drums) and Ben Ayres (guitar, keyboards, and tamboura), the first three having previously been members of Preston-based band General...


Percussion

Without skilled percussionists, Bhangra, being a largely beat-based music, would not have developed in the way it did. Pandit Dinesh and Kuljit Bhamra were trained exponents of Indian percussion and helped create the UK sound, albeit mainly with tabla and dholki for bands like Alaap and Heera. The generation that followed had an equally dramatic influence. A talented 15 year old percussionist called Bhupinder Singh Kullar, aka 'Tubsy' of Handsworth, Birmingham created a more contemporary style and groove that seemed to fuse more naturally with western music. Songs such as Dhola veh Dhola (Satrang) and albums such as Bomb the Tumbi (Safri Boyz) contained this new style and were very successful. He was without doubt the best dholki percussionist in UK Bhangra. Then came Sunil Kalyan of Southall, London who also sessioned on many songs and albums. He added a smoothness and sweetness never heard before on the tabla, hailing him as probably the best tabla percussionist in UK Bhangra. Sukhshinder Shinda later introduced his unique style of dhol playing with the album 'Dhol Beat.' He added a very clean style of dhol playing and helped create the sound for artistes such as Jazzy B and Bhinda Jatt. He was regarded at the time as being the best Dhol player in UK Bhangra. Other important percussionists include Juggy Rihal of Coventry, Aman Hayer and Billy of Gravesend.


In North America

Punjabi immigrants have encouraged the growth of Bhangra in the western hemisphere. However the Bhangra industry has not grown in North America nearly as much as it has grown in the United Kingdom. Indian Lion, a UK Bhangra artist explains why:


'The reasons there's a lot of bands in England is because there's a lot of work in England. In England the tradition that's been going on for years now is that there's weddings happening up and down the country every weekend, and it's part of the culture that they have Bhangra bands come and play, who get paid 1800 quid a shot, you know. Most of the bands are booked up for the next two years. And England is a country where you can wake up in the morning and by lunchtime you can be at the other end of the country, it helps. In Canada it takes 3 days to get to the other side of the country, so there's no circuit there. And it isn't a tradition [in Canada] to have live music at weddings. There are a few bands here that play a few gigs, but nothing major.' However, with the emergence of North American Bhangra artists such as Manmohan Waris Jazzy Bains, Kamal Heer, Harbhanjan Maan, Sarabjit Cheema and Debi Makhsoospuri the growth of the remix market, the future for Bhangra in this continent looks good. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Kamaljeet Singh aka Kamal Heer is a Punjabi traditional musician. ...


Sanjay Sharma argues in “Noisy Asians or ‘Asian Noise’?” that in the case of bhangra, musical exchanges have not been unidirectional but that in fact, a constant dialogue with other musical sources has taken place.[28] One of those musical sources is North America. More specifically, Bhangra and reggae rhythms, stemming from Jamaica, have been easily fused. While black dance music beats have proved to mesh well with the fast-paced tempo of bhangra, Sharma notes reggae music also contains a bhangara rhythm related to the dhol drum.[29] According to an article published on SikhSpectrum.com, the dhol drum has even been involved in the appropriation of bhangra in North American culture during Britain’s neocolonial period.[30] The arrival of bhangra in North America carries not only sonic importance, but also social and anthropological significance as it represents group cooperation and universal exchange between races, nations, and identities.


However, Sharma also notes the difficulty of Bhangra's acceptance in the U.K. Bhangra has been seen to be an 'otherness' of a British/South Asian experience. It has also been seen that British culture mostly negates and derides this Asian expression.[31]


In 2001, bhangra began to exert an influence over U.S. R&B music, when Missy Elliott released the bhangra-influenced song "Get Ur Freak On." In 2003, Punjabi MC's "Mundian To Bach Ke" (Beware of the Boys) was covered by the U.S. rapper Jay-Z.[3] The great popularity of these two tracks led to an even greater use of bhangra in American music. Additionally, American rapper Pras of The Fugees has recorded tracks with British alternative bhangra band Swami. Because the original bhangra beat is different from the commercialized version we see today, the use of bhangra beats shows the complexity and ingenuity of hip-hop in North America and how artists gain inspiration from all different genres of music. The commercialization of bhangra and the way it has traveled around the world speaks to the versatility and longevity of the musical style. [32] Missy Elliott (born Melissa Arnette Elliott July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia), is a five-time Grammy Award-winning American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. ... Get Ur Freak On is a hip hop song written by American rapper/singer Missy Elliott and her producer Tim Timbaland Mosley for Elliotts third studio album Miss E... So Addictive (2001). ... Long before Timbaland and Dr. Dre started using Indian music, the English rapper, DJ and producer Panjabi MC (sometimes also spelled Punjabi MC) was mixing hip hop and jungle with bhangra. ... Mundian To Bach Ke (Punjabi: , ), also titled Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke), is a bhangra song performed by Panjabi MC. The song was released on his 1998 album Legalised. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Pras (born Prakazrel Michel on October 19, 1972) offered up his first solo effort, Ghetto Supastar, in the fall of 1998, following in the footsteps of his fellow Fugees Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill. ... The Fugees are a critically acclaimed music band from the United States, popular during the mid-1990s, whose repertoire includes primarily hip hop, with elements of soul, and Caribbean music (particularly reggae). ... Swami is a critically-acclaimed [1] Asian rap/rock/bhangra band from Birmingham, England. ...


Bhangra is popular in North America. For instance, the "West Coast's Premier Bhangra Competition" takes place 2008-02-02 at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California. This event is sponsored by the Berkeley Bhangra Club. Ref: http://www.dholdiawaz.comment


In Manhattan New York,every first Thursday of the month finds "Basement Bhangra" at S.O.B.'s on Varick Street overflowing with a diverse crowd of dance-hungry music-lovers. Since its launch in 1997, Basement Bhangra has popularized the traditional-modern bhangra blend, rapidly making the genre an essential part of the NYC club scene.


Competitions

Bhangra competitions have been held in the Punjab for many decades. However, now universities and other organizations have begun to hold annual Bhangra dance competitions in many of the main cities of the United States, Canada, and England. At these competitions, young Punjabis, other South Asians, and people with no South Asian background compete for money and trophies. In the West, unlike the Punjab, there is less emphasis on traditional Bhangra moves, but rather more focus on a general look of the dance; for example, many teams at these competitions perform several hip-hop moves.[33] This synergy of the Bhangra dance with other cultures` parallels the music's fusion with different genres. University competitions have experienced an explosion in popularity over the last three years (Bhangra Blowout, hosted by George Washington University on 1 April 2000, sold out to a crowd of 4,000 people, with scalpers reportedly getting $80 per ticket at the door), and help to promote the dance and music in mainstream culture. is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


Major dance competitions frequently have bhangra as the highlight of the event.


See also

Giddha (Punjabi: , ) is a form of dance that comes from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. ... The dhol (Punjabi: ਢੋਲ, ڈھول; Hindustani: ढोल, ڈھول; Armenian: Դոլ) dohol (Persian: ), is a drum (a percussion musical instrument) widely used in India and Pakistan, usually the Punjab region, the Indian/Pakistani province of Punjab, Maharastra and Gujarat. ...

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  33. ^ Punjabi Lok Virsa: North American Bhangra Competitions Index

External links

  • Punjabi Lok Virsa: North American Bhangra Competitions Index
  • DholClips.com - Funny Bhangra Videos
  • ApnaSangeet.net - Bhangra MP3 Jukebox
  • NachDePunjabi.com - Bhangra downloads, news, music videos and more
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  • Punjabi Folk Dance

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