About this Recording

What is Bhangra? Bhangra is the traditional folk music and dance of the South Asian region called Punjab, a state in the north of India that crosses into Pakistan. Originating as a celebratory part of the harvest season each year, it is widely regarded to be one of the oldest folk dances in the world - believed to have originated around the 15th century.

During the harvest, farmers would celebrate the months of hard work by dancing to the bhangra beat, the constant percussive rhythm of the dhol - a heavy bass and high treble double-headed drum, worn around the neck and played with two curved sticks or hands. The constant percussive rhythm of the dhol, entwined with the singing of traditional folk songs have allowed bhangra to last through generations.

With the 20th Century emigration of families to the west, the lilting and fast-tempo beats of the dhol has now been adopted and remixed by young South Asian DJs in places like the UK. Along with its prominence as popular hit songs in Indian (Bollywood) movies, bhangra has become the soundtrack of Indian youth culture in the diaspora. Often mixed with the sounds of reggae, rap, R&B and dance music, this fusion of the traditional and the modern has now gone international, taking its place in the global music scene with universal appeal.

With the release of Bhangra Beatz, a collaboration between the Naxos World label and one of the leading South Asian labels in UK, Kiss Records, this exciting and ingenious compilation will introduce the re-invented Indian traditional folk/dance music of the Punjab for the next generation.

Featuring some of the top acts of the scene, Bhangra Beatz is culled exclusively from the vault of Kiss Records wide and deep catalogue. Based in the English suburb of Oldham, Kiss Records is a pioneer of the modern bhangra beat since their arrival in the music world in 1991. Their Managing Director, DJ Sheikh, is a recording artist himself. His hit release, Dholaholics, was the biggest bhangra selling compilation album of 1996, while a variety of his solo artists like Kebi, Bhinda Jatt and Jazzy B have all established themselves as premier bhangra personalities.

Other groups and artists featured here Anakhi, Jassi Premi, Balbir Bittu, Balwinder Safri, Sukshinder Shinda, K.B. & The Gang, Soni and the Sahotas. Featuring eleven slammin’ tracks of Punjabi folk-fusion madness, Bhangra Beatz is guaranteed to send you into an exotic frenzy. Get ready for it.

Track list:

  1. Lok Boliyan - Anakhi (5:28) 
  2. Ludiane Nachdi Nu - Jassi Premi (6:40) 
  3. Soundz From The Des - Balbir Bittu (6:30)
  4. Lak De Hulareh - Jazzy B (5:18)
  5. Meri Maa Boli Punjabi - Balbir Bittu (6:15)
  6. Aaja Billo - Balwinder Safri (5:09)
  7. Dhamiwala Da Dhol - Sukshinder Shinda (3:19) 
  8. Nachde Punjabi - K.B. & the Gang (4:55)
  9. Doli - Soni (5:32)
  10. Sahotas Boliyan - The Sahotas (4:52)
  11. Putt Sardaran Da - Bhinda Jatt (5:35)

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