This past Friday, I decided to head down to Muzik in Toronto to see the TIFF kickoff party to the movie Breakaway.
With so many artists lined up to perform, and rumours of an appearance by Drake, it was something I wanted to see firsthand. I had to admit, this was the first time a show had garnered so much attention. Marketing was on point, as virtually everyone in the city knew about this gig, which is a feat in itself, as so many shows here fail merely due to a lack of any solid promotion outside of facebook.
I usually always head into these kinds of things with lowered expectations. As we all know, Toronto hasn’t fared well when it comes to big Bhangra bashes (just ask Panjabi Hit Squad, Tigerstyle, Malkit Singh, Juggy D, Jassi Sidhu, Rishi Rich, Sukshinder Shinda, Stereo Nation, Zeus, and many more.)
Slated to perform were RDB, Josh, H Dhami, Veronica, Jassi Sidhu and Bohemia. Appearances were also to be made by the cast of the movie, Russell Peters, as well as Ludacris and Akshay Kumar. In between all of that, DJ Kamran, Baba Kahn, Starting From Scratch, and DJ KSR would be spinning the wheels of steel. With tickets starting at $40, and a venue large enough to hold 3,000 people, this show was going to be big.
And so it begins.
I’ll spare you the elongated play-by-play, as it really was quite an uneventful night considering the billing.
Each performer “performed” (I can also write “sang” if you catch my drift) two songs maximum from the Breakaway soundtrack.
Ludacris was nowhere to be seen (he was in VIP) and the same can be said of Akshay Kumar (who also happened to be celebrating his birthday that night)
Interestingly enough, Akshay Kumar was present and visible on stage during the free event thrown at Chinguacousy Park this past Sunday, alongside the very same performers.
So while I was dancing away to the music provided by the various Deejays that night (which was probably the only saving grace to the entire evening) I came to the following realisation.
Artists mimed their way through their songs like puppets, but at the end of the day, we the people, who pay good money to see them, are the puppets, as we jump at the opportunity to watch them live with any chance we get.
Could it just be the Artists twisted way of getting back at us? We download their songs for free. They get paid for attending. We pay to see them perform. We still end up listening to the same CD we downloaded for free, but now in person.
And the beat goes on.
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Jassi Sidhu dropped videos number three and four (below) this weekend, from his album “Singing Between The Lines”.
Jassi has stated that this will be his final album, and he has clearly put in a lot of work into it with not only working with a wide range of well known producers, but shooting videos for the album all over the globe. For some reason, I can’t help but feel like this is his “Black Album” of sorts. However, I don’t feel like he will come out of his “retirement” to make more albums.
Jaan Manghdi features the production skills of Honey Singh, and his production is not only a different flair of Bhangra, but for this song, it is spot on.
And for those keeping track; Jaan Manghdi > Naa Rukiyeh > Nai Reesa > Oh Jatta
This was the second video released by Jassi Sidhu this past weekend from Jassi’s album “Singing Between The Lines”.
Happenings in Bhangra outside the realm of Bhangraw.
Bhangra Empire always know how to add creativity to their performances. [ YouTube]
Notorious Jatt talks about “Ramaal”, the industry, and haters. [ Chakdey.com]
The June 2011 Tigerstyle podcast will do harm to your speakers. [ mixcloud]
Jassi Sidhu on the set of his video “Naa Rukiyeh”. [ desi-box]
Seems like most Bhangra Producers are on twitter these days. With tweets ranging from album updates, what they’re doing to pass time, or how good they are at cooking, twitter is a little telescope into their day to day life. However every now and then, they may also paint an even more interesting picture of what is running through their mind. This feature helps you chew on what is happening in Bhangra Producers lives.
J-Skillz #apprentice !you’re challenge this week is! organise a Punjabi wedding on a budget of £500!u also have 2 source ur own khambal for the Milni
Panjabi Hit Squad I miss picking you up, Holding you close, Touching you and seeing you light up…I’m lost without you….I miss my iPhone
Jassi Sidhu Can’t stand new generation industry but very proud to be 1st ever pre order no1 download tonight on itunes thank u all hope u njoy it
Tarli Digital This morning I feel like shouting out the most intense offensive punjabi gaalan whilst standing in the middle of the office on top of a desk
Jeeti I dont think i could live without onions garlic n ginger Turka is the one!!
Just days after releasing his first video “Nai Reesa”, Jassi Sidhu drops his second video.
Apparently, Jassi has shot seven videos so far for “Singing Between The Lines”, which will all be releasing within the next four months.
As you can tell by watching the video, the song is produced by Rishi Rich.
So far, I’ll say Naa Rukiyeh > Nai Reesa