Punjabi 101

This summer, it’s all about Punjabi music (or as I like to call it, the marriage between bhangra and hip-hop.) Because how can a girl dance without some RDB? I had the opportunity to see them perform at Drexel two years ago. Amazing stage performers. Definitely among the best in bhangra.

From their website:

“Kuly, Manj and Surj are three brothers born in the UK. Even at an early age, they were playing indian instruments and singing along with their father. Drawing on their cultural sikh heritage and fusing it with different street genres of music, they constructed the “RDB sound”. The RDB (Rhythm Dhol Bass) brothers are pioneers in their field. Producers, musicians and singers, these siblings are truly amazing live entertainers. They have performed alongside the biggest names in Bollywood ; Akshay Kumar, Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai to the biggest names in the west, Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy etc.”

Or you can always go back to the basics.

Jay Sean/Rishi Rich.

Sukshinder Shinda. Bally Sagoo. And my favorite, Sukhbir Singh.

Speaking of which, does anyone know anywhere in Philadelphia where a girl can get down with some Punjabi music? Real Punjabi music. Not this stuff.


5 responses to “Punjabi 101

  1. Quick…listen to some Louis Armstrong, or John Coltrane, or Duke Ellington, or Ella Fitzgerald, before it’s too late. There is still time!

  2. Louis Armstrong was dance music back in the day too. Punjabi pop and jazz are not mutually exclusive!

    We were at the Kimmel Center last night for their annual “solstice” thingie. There was a “Bollywood dance lesson” (which was really a Bhangra lesson), where the dance instructors had like 500 non-South Asian people doing bhangra moves in Perelman theater.

    So this might indeed be the summer of Punjabi music.

    To your question, we went to a dance night called “Dutty Chutney” at Fluid a few weeks ago, where they played a lot of Bhangra mixed in with Caribbean dance hall. We liked the no-attitude vibe… Worth checking out (once every three weeks on Friday night).

  3. “Punjabi pop and jazz are not mutually exclusive!”

    I agree!

    Fluid, huh? Definitely checking it out. Also, anyone interested in more Punjabi music should check out Amardeep’s post on Panjabi MC’s latest CD:


  4. Relax. Can’t you guys discern a little sarcasm when it’s nipping at your heels?

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