Revo­lu­tion 2015

Ahead of their gig at Red Bull Tour Bus Off The Roof, reg­gae out­fit Be­gum X & Delhi Sul­tanate tell us why they love the genre

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shradha Sha­hani ■ shradha. sha­hani@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Reg­gae, dance­hall and ska were un­known gen­res in In­dia when we started. We don’t aim to ap­peal to the low­est com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor to be suc­cess­ful Taru Dalmia, mu­si­cian

Vo­cal­ists Taru Dalmia (right) and

Sa­mara Cho­pra (far right) are cur­rently part of two suc­cess­ful bands. They started out with SkA Vengers about five years ago. Now, they also per­form with Be­gum X & Delhi Sul­tanate, two bands known for reg­gae mu­sic. Dalmia and Cho­pra are just glad they’re get­ting a chance to fol­low their pas­sion for the genre. “Reg­gae, dance­hall and ska were largely un­known gen­res in In­dia when we started. We don’t aim to ap­peal to the low­est com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor in or­der to be suc­cess­ful,” says Dalmia. Cho­pra loves reg­gae be­cause “it talks about re­al­ity”. “Our songs are not only about girls and par­ty­ing. It’s the voice of colonised peo­ple,” he says, be­fore Dalmia adds, “Reg­gae is deeply con­nected to Rasta­far­i­an­ism and black na­tion­al­ism. It is also deeply po­lit­i­cal.”

Be­gum X & Delhi Sul­tanate will per­form at Red Bull Tour Bus Off The Roof on Oc­to­ber 3 in Mum­bai. Af­ter that, in Novem­ber they will head to Ja­pan for a tour. “Ja­pan has an evolved reg­gae cul­ture. We’ll be do­ing a stage show with one of Ja­pan’s lead­ing back­ing bands, as well as a few DJs,” says Dalmia.

But is it hard to di­vide time be­tween two bands? “All mem­bers have other mu­si­cal side projects. With Be­gum X & Delhi Sul­tanate, we get to work with other pro­duc­ers and do shows in places that are not con­ducive for an eight-piece band. With SkA Vengers, we are work­ing on our sec­ond al­bum now,” says Cho­pra.

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