Bhangra is the traditional folk music and dance of the Punjab region of India.
Bhangra is the traditional folk music and dance of the Punjab region of India. A celebratory music associated with the annual harvest, its polyrhythmic vibe, centering around the dhol (two-headed drum), is clearly intended to induce dancing. Immigrants brought the music to England decades ago, and Kiss Records—one of the leading South Asian labels in the U.K.—has been a prime site for bhangra artists. The tracks featured here were chosen from the sides of 10 Kiss artists and provide a fine bhangra sampler. Stylistic variations are noticeable. "Sounds From the Des," by Balbir Bittu, evinces a pronounced North African influence, while K.B. & the Gang's "Nachde Punjabi" shows an affinity for electronica and turntablism we associate with Asian underground acts such as Joi. Soni's "Doli" fuses a traditional song and a pop arrangement. Distributed by Naxos of America.—PVV