There's been a lot of music to catch up with so far and summer has barely begun (never mind that the mercury tells me otherwise!) And as if the Small World Music Series wasn't enough, there's more on the horizon when it comes to great South Asian artists visiting our part of the world. Apache Indian is scheduled to perform on May 31, thanks to the RBC's DesiFest in downtown Toronto.
My first memory of Apache Indian was listening to the track "Arranged Marriage" ages ago. Remember that? "Me wan gal from jullunder city. Me wan gal a soni kudi, Me wan gal mon to look after me, Me wan gal that say she love me." The track never fails to amuse me and brings a smile to my face. But more than that, I loved "Boom shack a lack." I remember it for its thumping bass line and his booming vocals, alongwith super cool dancers in the background. The intro music, with the trumpet or sax, is firmly etched in my head. So much so that I'd recognise it anytime I hear it... even now! And just for that, watch the video below and refresh your memory... (Okay okay just another excuse to listen to it...again!)
Apart from that, he had a bunch of tracks that made it to the Brit "Top of the Pops" and other charts. More than anything else, I always thought he was extremely creative for bringing together bhangra and reggae together to make something that was quite unique back then. Since then of course, there have been a ton of artists who have built on creating fusion sounds.
Anyway, finally we get a chance to listen to the man live and from what my buddies back in the UK tell me, he's a mean live performer. So hopefully we'll have some good weather and the sun will shine as Apache takes centre stage at the end of this month.
Pssst! The DesiFest guys have a bunch of great talented South Asian artists set to rock May so check out their program schedule for more details... http://www.desifest.ca/toronto/program-guide
Come out, show some support for this great attempt at bringing South Asian musicians to the forefront... LISTEN UP!