Hindu Chanting + Reggae
Years ago, I stumbled upon this song when this video was played on a short-lived world music channel. I was intrigued by the chanting at the beginning, but when the singer opened his mouth, I’m pretty sure my own mouth dropped open.
There were so many things about the artist that perplexed me: his stage name “Apache Indian”, his demeanor, his Hindu-Rasta style and lyrics. But still, the music was equal parts catchy and calming; it had the kind of melodies that repeatedly tug and twist your emotions and then smooth them out.
I recently rediscovered the song and it still has the same effect. I wish I’d had in my music collection while I was traveling through India. It might have been the perfect song to instill a bit of inner calm while I maneuvered through the daily chaos.
Hip Hop/Dance + Bhangra
I came to know and love bhangra music’s natural ability to fuse with other genres when I first attended a monthly event called Nonstop Bhangra here in San Francisco. For me, a large part of the festiveness of the event is the cultural diversity and connectivity that ensues when everyone dances in whatever style they choose to music that combines many styles. I have yet to hear this bhangra-infused remix of The Power by Snap! at a NonStop bhangra event, but it encapsulates the same sort of cultural fusion on an even quirkier level.
The original version of The Power takes me back to the days of wearing two different colored pairs of socks at once, pegged jeans, and the Running Man. It’s pretty damn catchy in its original form, but mixing in bhangra vocals and instruments actually makes me want to dance to it even more.