SKA VENGERS’ LATEST IS A TRIB­UTE TO UD­HAM SINGH

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Pop­u­lar Delhi-based band, The Ska Vengers, un­like the ma­jor­ity of mu­si­cians, make it a point that their mu­sic is so­cially rel­e­vant. And with their latest mu­sic video, Frank Brazil, the band has done it again.

The video is a trib­ute to the In­dian free­dom fighter Ud­ham Singh, who avenged the Jal­lian­wala Bagh mas­sacre by shoot­ing down Michael O’Dwyer in Lon­don,UK, in 1940.

In fact, the band has even com­pro­mised on their usual sound for the video.

Ste­fan Kaye, who was in­volved in the song’s pro­duc­tion, says, “With this song, we have tried to sym­bol­ise both — In­dian and Western cul­tures. So, although there are el­e­ments of funk mu­sic in the song, since it is our homage to one of the great­est free­dom fight­ers, the in­ten­tion was to tell the story from both sides of the world.”

He adds, “To de­pict In­dian ethos, I have used lot of In­dian in­stru­ments like tumbi (which I played my­self), dho­lak and oth­ers. For the Western back­drop, I used string quar­tets. The song’s cho­rus is bor­rowed from the pop­u­lar mur­der balled, Elec­tric Chair Blues.”

Speak­ing about the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the song, Taru Dalmia, who has penned the lyrics for the same, says, “Part of what drove me to write the song is that upon first learn­ing about Ud­ham Singh, I could not be­lieve that I had never heard of him. I grew to ad­mire his sin­gle-minded de­ter­mi­na­tion as I got to know more about him. I find that Bri­tain of­ten likes to gloss over the bru­tal and ex­ploita­tive na­ture of their regimes in Africa and Asia. The song is our at­tempt to pay trib­ute to one of our na­tional he­roes.”

From L-R: The ‘Late’ Nikhil Va­sude­van (drums), Ste­fan ‘Flexi’ Kaye (or­gan/per­cus­sion), Be­gum X (vo­cals), Delhi Sul­tanate (vo­cals), Tony Bass (bass) and Chai­tanya Bhalla (guitar)

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