Magazine article New Internationalist

(Apache Indian. No Reservations)

Magazine article New Internationalist

(Apache Indian. No Reservations)

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In its short and under - noticed history, ragga music -- the fast - chatting cousin of reggae -- has never known anything like this. The hail of bullets that opens No Reservations is not unexpected, for ragga is no different from reggae and rap in extolling the romance of the gangster stance. But when the boast 'Apache Indian! Hotter than vindaloo curry!' announces (in pure Jamaican dialect) the presence of the contender, you sit up.

But then Apache Indian is causing similar reactions on a daily basis. A young British Asian who has served time on the reggae sound systems of Birmingham, he chats in a fast mix of English, Punjabi and Jamaican patois. Establishing a large, multicultural fan base amongst followers of ragga and the Asian genre of bhangra, Apache is certainly one of the most interesting manifestations of musical cross - cultures to date.

Unlike other British bhangra musicians who have looked to house music, disco or pop as natural musical partners, Apache -- a former welder -- turned his attention to ragga. The results have the simplicity of a brilliant idea. Hard - edged tabla accompanies the bass lines and songs like Chok There, Don Raja and Move Over India move like a massive rhythmical machine. …

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