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Infectious sounds of bhangra band

September 19, 2013


ROUTES South West has announced that bhangra band RSVP will be playing a 15-date tour in villages up and down the South West including two in Cornwall.

Based in Bristol, RSVP has developed its own unique brand of bhangra music, a mix of traditional Indian folk music fused with the very latest in the global music scene.

This high energy band are a complete entertainment experience with even the shyest propelled to their feet for an introduction to bhangrastyle dancing while lead singer Dildar Singh's charismatic stage presence and the infectious sounds of the band promise an exhilarating night out.

RSVP began its life some 20-odd years ago when Dildar, passionate about music and performance, gathered together family and friends to set up the band.

Within a year of setting up RSVP performed at Womad and have gone on to perform regularly at Glastonbury (five years on the trot), Larmer Tree, Port Eliot, Bath International Festival and many more.

With musicians drawn from one family across three generations RSVP are wholly rooted in an authentic living tradition but unafraid to innovate.

The music, song and rhythms are grounded in Punjabi bhangra dance but in the tradition of British bhangra, elements of reggae, Gypsy jazz, hard rock, Balkan riffs and English rap all add to the eclectic mix.

The roots of bhangra go back to the late 1960s when second generation Punjabi musicians were bringing together Western influences with traditional Punjabi sounds.

The movement really took hold in the 1980s and became a massive part of the leftfield music scene with cassette sales in the tens of thousands. In 2001, Punjabi folk, and its hip hop form, folk hop, began to exert an influence over US R&B music, when Missy Elliott released the folk hopinfluenced song Get Ur Freak On while in 2003, Punjabi MC's Beware Of The Boys was covered by the US rapper Jay-Z. You can see RSVP at: ? Lostwithiel Community Centre on Friday, September 27, at 8pm. Tickets: Pounds 8 adult / Pounds 6 conc / Pounds 22 family, from Dance workshop from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

The following day at 10am they hold a bhangra fit workshop at the same venue.

. ? St Erth Community Centre on Saturday, September 28, at 7pm. Tickets Pounds 8 adult / Pounds 5 conc / Pounds 16 family from For more information see

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