The legends of Bangra rock the stage for Desi Live 2019 Boxpark Wembley
- Sushma Lobo

  • Sun,24 Nov 2019 08:35:36 PM

London Nov 24 (BAN/SL)- The legends of Bangra meet for Desi Beatz at Wembly Boxpark.

Boxpark Wembley, The UK’s premier multi faceted live events space teamed up with Europe’s biggest Desi night out ‘Desi Beatz’ to bring you a series of exclusive live event experiences celebrating the best in South Asian culture! With 2500+ attendees, 20 food vendors, 3 huge bars & a state-of-the-art specially created sound & lights display, this was an evening like no other! In association with Cobra.

Saturday 23rd saw an amazing vibrant event with the sounds of bangra lighting the stage up. Hosted by Bobby Friction and Harps Kaur the event bought together artists who are the founding fathers of global Panjabi music - all hailing from their mutual base in the UK, these amazing artistes fused their early influences growing up in multi cultural Britain with their shared heritage of North India - this translated into what is now known as the widely influential ‘UK Desi Sound’ - be it Bhangra, Urban Panjabi or Bhangra-Muffin. So for one night only British Asia News bring you exclusive interviews from the event. Let’s see who Keith Lobo meets what they have to say.

Sham who was working with security told British Asia News “it's a cultural event bringing the community together and having a diverse event allows people to experience this; the environment, the culture, the rhythm and the music”

Artist such as Malkit Singh known as The King of Bhangra, Heera, Punjabi MC Apachi Indian, Shin DCS all influencers on generations of Bangra music were under one roof to rock the stage Desi Beats live style.

British Asia News had a Exclusive interview with Apache Indian who comes from Handsworth, Birmingham, Apache was a phenomenal product of his surroundings, fusing Reggae influences from his local neighbourhood with the Panjabi heritage of his home - he created a unique sound that not only transcended his generation, but became the mouthpiece for a whole era of British Asian immigrants who grew up around fellow Caribbean & West Indian immigrants of the 70’s and 80’s. He was a global hit and he lit the stage up and the crowd roared when he performed Boom Shack-a-lak. Apache told British Asia news that “I’m celebrating 30 years in the music business myself and tonight’s going to be special as there is a vibe in the place.” A real musician still moving with the times watch his interview with Keith Lobo below.

Keith had a Exclusive interview with Channi Singh the first Punjabi singer to get a OBE from the Queen for his service to Bangra music. The British-Indian bhangra musician, known as the "godfather" of bhangra said “when I came to this country I saw our youngsters were not listening to punjabi music at all so I thought I should do something for our youngsters so that they know what their roots are and so I started writing my own songs” what a legend a true godfather of the Bangra scene. He made his lyrics simple and his music simple. He was initially turned away from record companies and shops with his first Album saying it would not sell. Then London Broadcasting Corporation LBC Radio said they would play it. Channi says “and that was the day people come to know that this is music” everything else is history after this.

The enigmatic front man of legendary boy band ‘B21’ Jassi Sidhu- a solo star in his own right. Unfortunately couldn’t make it to Box Park and messaged his fans on Twitter.

People had come to celebrate birthdays, support the Bangra legends as friends or fans. A diverse culture was seen at Box Park and a successful evening dedicated to the legends of Bangra lighting up the stage.

See exclusive interviews below with some of the legends of Bangra, and the general public who came to experience the culture.

Keith Lobo meets Apachi Indian Exclusive British Asia News interview

Exclusive Interview with Bristish Asia news Keith Lobo and the Godfather of Bangra Channi Singh

Dhol players rock the stage at Desi Beatz live 2019

British Asia news speaks to Rakerha Singh, Jassi and Palminder

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