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They wouldn’t be the Ska Vengers with­out scathing po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary. The lines to the left, from Jail Mein,a track re­leased in 2016, are just some of the many re­leased over the course of two al­bums. “Pol­i­tics and cul­ture do not ex­ist in sep­a­rate realms,” says Taru Dalmia, the rap­per who goes by the moniker of Delhi Sul­tanate, in a band whose mem­bers in­clude Begum X, Ste­fan Kaye, Nikhil Va­sude­van, Tony Guinard, Chaz Bhalla and Diggy Dang. “We’re not ac­tivists—we’re mu­si­cians, or per­haps even just en­ter­tain­ers—but ac­cord­ing to me, if you’re not cog­nisant of what is hap­pen­ing around you, it bor­ders on ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Up next for the band is a three-month-long UK tour which willl see them per­form at fes­ti­vals such as Glas­ton­bury and Boom­town. “We found that Eng­land has long been un­der the in­flu­ence of Ja­maican mu­sic, and so far, they have been very re­cep­tive to the Ska Vengers,” he says. Back home, Dalmia can’t wait for sum­mer to end. He is plan­ning to or­gan­ise an African food fes­ti­val and reg­gae block party in Ch­hatarpur, where he in­tends to col­lab­o­rate with a few Con­golese and Nige­rian in­for­mal restau­rants in the area.

CHAZ BHALLA GUITAR BEGUM X FE­MALE LEAD VO­CALS STE­FAN ‘FLEXI’ KAYE KEYS, PERCUSSION, BACK­ING VO­CALS ‘THE LATE’ NIKHIL VA­SUDE­VAN DRUMS, BACK­ING VO­CALS TONY GUINARD BASS DELHI SUL­TANATE LEAD VO­CALS

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