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Performances

Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe

 

Kabir is a timeless mystic who didn't believe in boundaries. His words ring true even six centuries later, and they are being woven into something just as boundless, music, by Neeraj Arya's Kabir Café. Performing only the verses of Kabir, the band uses pop, reggae, rock, folk fusion and Carnatic flavors in their quest to make Kabir's verses comprehensible through contemporary music to the rest of the world that is alienated from traditional Kabir folk music.

 

Neeraj Arya's Kabir Café has Neeraj Arya on vocals and rhythm guitars, Mukund Ramaswamy on violin, Raman Iyer on Mandolin, Vivek Solanki on Percussions and Poubuanpou Britto KC on bass guitar presenting the poetry of Kabir in a musically interesting fashion without compromising its lyrical Beauty. Having played over 475 gigs across the lengths and breadths of India, the band currently released their debut album 'Panchrang - Musical Echoes of Kabir', which has 12 of their most colorful renditions of Kabir, amidst much fanfare.

The Ska Vengers

India’s first ska band,  The Ska Vengers  were formed in 2009 and have since been touted as one of the most fun Indian indie acts to watch. Their sound is an organic melange of Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, Jazz and Punk with some Cuban and other Latin influences thrown in. Known for introducing socially relevant themes in their songs, they released an animated video titled  ‘Modi,  A  Message  to  You’  in 2014 at the same time that India voted the ruling party BJP into power and their video  ‘Badda’  talks about censorship and manipulation of the Indian news media. Apart from this, The Ska Vengers also performed for 2,000 inmates inside South Asia’s largest jail, Tihar in 2012. Their most recent single/video  ‘Frank Brazil’  is the story of Indian freedom fighter Udham Singh’s execution following his assassination in London of British Lieutenant Governor of Punjab Michael O’Dwyer who was held responsible for the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre. Members of the band include Delhi Sultanate and Begum X on lead vocals, Stefan "Flexi' Kaye on keys, percussions, backing vocals, Tony Guinard on the bass, Chaz Bhalla on the guitar and 'The Late' Nikhil Vasudevan on Drums. As backing vocals and additional musicians, the band has Kishore Sodha on the trumpet, Shirish Malhotra on the saxophone and Stephen McEntee on the trombone.

 

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