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Catching Up the Bhangra Legends 'Alaap'

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Rumana, the new member of the SB crew meet up with Channi and Mona at the recent event; “Bhangra Legends - Alaap & Heera @ The Barbican (29.11.08)”.

Alaap were the creators of this uniquely British Asian sound, mixing eastern and western instrumentation into a trend-setting genre. They opened the path and set the tone for more groups to follow. 

What emerged was a self-sufficient British Asian Music industry led by labels such as Multitone, OSA, and Arishma, and they went on to export this diasporic hybrid sound worldwide!

Boasting producers, composers, musicians, and guests such as  Asha Bhosle (THE Asha Bhosle!), Johnny Kalsi(Dhol Foundation), Kuljit Bhamra(Spnm, Far Pavillions, Bhaji On The Beach), and Nawazish Ali Khan(Fundamental),  Alaap  remain   the  undisputed stars of  British Bhangra-beat! 

“Keeping up the Tradition” Channi Singhs’ mission is preserved as he enters the stage at the Barbican, London, wearing a typical 80’s Punjabi glitzy red and black shirt and strutting his stuff with his traditional giddah moves.   

The lead singer of legendary Alaap, aka the Godfather of Punjabi bands made the crowd jump with joy to celebrate his long awaited return and kept the dance floor occupied throughout his performance.  Channi has recently been involved in producing music for the Bollywood scene and paired up with Mona Singh in the recent Hindi hit movie Mr Bhatti on Chutti.    

Channi started to sing at the age of just 3 and idolised the all time favourite Mohammed Rafi.  Early in his career he was idolised himself by Mona, who would sit by his side humming during rehearsals from the age of three, began to practise her raags by the age of four and gave her first performance at the age of six. 

Mona lit up the stage in her golden diva outfit.  The low cut, sleeveless, fitted short kameez, showered with sequinze’s, worn over a flowing chiffon langha was a one off piece designed and stitched to perfection.  Her performance, the opening after the interval, was spectacular. 

In an interview after hours, she commented upon her heartbreaking experiences gained during her 4 year break, which have nourished her as an individual and have also been an inspiration to her music.  This was the main influence when naming her current album “stronger”. 

Channi and Mona are currently working on a single together, to be released on Mona’s new album due during summer next year.  This single has taken longer than anticipated as the lyrics needed to be appropriate for their relationship as father and daughter.

Alaap have compiled a 4 CD golden hits collection, which is due to be on sale during the Christmas season, and, are currently working on an album hoping to be released by September next year. 

“Thank you for loving us ‘til now and please continue to love us in order to help maintain your roots, culture and tradition” is the message Channi Singh sends to all his fans.

 

 

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Simon Singh
0 #11 HEERA FACEBOOK GROUPSimon Singh 2009-01-18 14:35
Inviting all of you to come and add the official Heera facebook page

Join Heera - The Band

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=73324875448&ref=mf
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Simon
0 #10 ALAAP AND HEERASimon 2008-12-13 15:18
I would just like to add that I was at the show and it was absolutely amazing, all the artist Alaap Heera Mona performed out of this world and I\'m sure you would agree with this comment if you were at this show.
I say the promoters should honestly do more shows like this. It definately would be worth there while and also ours to the audience to see such great performers.. All the musicians were brilliant. This show was SOLD OUT! check out the vids on Youtube if you dont believe me. Long Live the Legends. Respeckt To Alaap and Heera !!!!!! :P
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DJ PRECIOUS
0 #9 DJ PRECIOUS 2008-12-08 01:55
BRITISH BHANGRA FROM BALLY SAGOO TO BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM,,,, ALAAP AND HEERA, INSPIRED MANY GENERATION\'S TO PROGRESS WITH THERE SKILLS, DREAMS AND TODAYS PRODUCTIONS


KEEP IT COMING KEEP IT SIMPLYBHANGRA.COM

WELL DONE RAMANA :D FABULOUS REVIEW
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someone from the eighties
0 #8 someone from the eighties 2008-12-05 20:43
A fantastic review, i am so jelous i didnt get to go, welcome back Alaap!
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Uz
0 #7 Uz 2008-12-05 13:50
Fantastic review! So good to see Alaap back. I remember they rocked the 80\'s!
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Ish
0 #6 Ish 2008-12-04 22:36
Channi also has asked SimplyBhangra.c om to send a special message out to all of the continuing support; \"God has been so kind to have friends like you who are always by side of us. It was a life time experience.\"
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yosha
0 #5 yosha 2008-12-04 22:00
its excellent to see that \'we\' the second generation are still appreciating traditional folk music. Fantastic. Keep it up. Excellent interview. :P
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Guest
0 #4 Guest 2008-12-04 17:16
Hi

Rumana can you tell me if they are doing anything else in the future, and if so where?
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Guest
0 #3 Guest 2008-12-04 17:06
Big up Rumana Bad Bwoy interview! :P
Mona is a legend but there are divided opinions on her, there are statements like \"she would be a nobody without her father\" I dont agree with such comments because Mona is a artist and a articulate person I beleive even without her father she would stil be in the music scene producing great music. The experience she has gained from her father is a good thing and we can all see she is using it to her advantage. I am sure their are many more trax to come yet! Good Luck Mona :P
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Guest
0 #2 Guest 2008-12-04 16:39
Excellent review and very imformative. Good to see a old skool band doing well. Sounds like they put on a Zabardast performance! Cant wait for the Golden Hits Collection. :P
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a sharma
0 #1 a sharma 2008-12-03 20:37
hi

i would just like to thank you for the tickets. it was an amazing night! my mum really enjoyed it.

keep it up SimplyBhangra.c om
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