Basement Bhangra 10 Year Anniversary

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At the Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC. With The Dhol Foundation, Bikram Singh, Panjabi MC, DJ Rekha and more Most club events in the city are shorter-lived than mayflies. But the dance party known as Basement Bhangra seems to have the shelf life of Twinkies. It just goes on and on.

Basement Bhangra – which normally fills S.O.B.’s on Wednesdays with its patented fusion of South-Asian, hip hop and dance music – will celebrate its 10th anniversary tonight. It will do so in a space four times its normal capacity: Hammerstein Ballroom (34th St. between Seventh and Eighth). The basic bhangra style has roots in percussive folk music from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. But it didn’t find a modern voice until the 1980s, when British kids of Punjabi descent began mixing the thwacking tabla sound with elements of house, soul and rap.

Excerpt from “A beat generation, Basement Bhangra marks 10 years of dance parties”


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