The Daily Rhino
Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be
CLEANING out my room unearthed this corker of a postcard:
Also recovered was a 1996 issue of my school newspaper with an article I wrote aged 14 entitled 'Eastern Promise'. Titles like that were forgivable back then. Here's an extract:
"Only a few years ago, the modern second generation sub-continental music widespread in Britain was bhangra. Real bhangra is traditional Punjabi folk music, but the bhangra of Britain, pronounced in a broad Birmingham accent, was most probably invented in the black country along with balti - which actually means 'bucket' in Hindi. This cheesey blend of Punjabi lyrics, squeaky synthesisers and borrowed rhythms was an unfortunate episode.
Now the story is different. The Outcaste Collective plays the Notting Hill Arts Club every Thursday and Earthtribe run Sitar Funk monthly at The End club, both with similar break beat styles. But the most well known DJ/producer/collaborator as of now is Talvin Singh, who runs the grooviest night in what Newsweek called the world's grooviest city; an Asian Affair at the Blue Note. Monday night is Anokha, where DJs mix in Indian lyrics, sitars, veenas, santoors and tablas with drum & bass."
That was ten years ago. It's amazing how so little has changed; a lot of the same names are around and the Notting Hill Arts Club is still the venue for one of the hottest desi nights around.
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