Exclusives (Anamika Records, 2005)
Even though most of the best bhangra comes from the UK, there is a growing
number of US-based artists that are starting to challenge their colleagues at
the other side of the pond. Bikram Singh is such a case. He is a young Punjabi
musician based in the New York area. In less than two years, Bikram has gone from showing appearing at a New York
University open mic night, to performing at the Boston Summerjam 2003 stage with
the popular Panjabi MC.
What’s attractive in Bikram Singh’s music is the high quality recording and
the gifted combination of electronic beats with traditional instruments such as
harmonium, flutes and drums.
Unlike most albums, Bikram Singh’s album features numerous producers, who
worked on different songs. That gives the album a rich diversity of sounds.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.