There’s something about the ‘rhythms and drums’ and the ‘cheeriness and richness’ of Bhangra that makes us want to get up, fling up our arms and move to the beats. And when it’s mixed and fused with other genres, it’s a whole other thing!
The rise of a new sound in the ’90s in the British Asian Music cemented a genre that had already gained ground in the decades before. Homegrown from UK, in Southall which is also known as ‘little Punjab’, Bhangra and its fusion with several other genres shaped the identity of UK Bhangra.
‘Dil Luteya’ from Jazzy B, ‘Mundian To Bach Ke’ from Punjabi MC, are just a few of the tracks that were an essential part of our childhood and we still move our legs to them as we did then. It’s the nostalgia of those tracks by Stereo Nation, RDB and others in our birthday parties, weddings and other celebrations.
It’s that part of Southall, that gave us the genre, some phenomenal singers, iconic renditions that 'Southall Represent' wants to tap into once again on 13th July.
UK Bhangra, out and loud at Upstairs Club, Panchkula. See you!