Bhangra -Rock Teams Up with London Punk
Daler Mehndi, the original king of Punjabi-Pop, is all set to make the nation groove with his new bhangra-rock beats. He has collaborated with an old 70s punk band from London, wolfmen and recorded a track Thieves And Liars with his Punjabi touch to it. Sporting a bright yellow turban studded with black diamonds, the artist looked snazzy while in the capital to promote a new oriental restaurant in hotel Ramada Plaza.
The singer and performer revealed that international concerts are keeping him busy these days. He says, "I just performed in Israel and Kuwait and had successful concerts there. In May And June I'll be going to Holland, Fiji and New Zealand. It's so great that in places like Korea, China and Japan, where people don't even understand Hindi, listeners come to hear my songs."
When asked about why he's not so active in Bollywood playback singing, he says that he's too choosy about his work. He clarifies, "When I select a song, I ask them to pay for my flights, hotel stay and my fees. I charge around Rs 5 Lakh for recording on song, while other singers charge Rs 18-20,000. I am very selective, and though you won't find me singing many songs today, my earlier numbers are chartbusters."
Though Daler is sparing no effort to popularise the Punjabi songs, he feels the reality talent shows are not genuine and they often overlook indigenous talent. He also feels that the "Jai Ho" wave that swept the Oscars this year was not fair. He says, " Our country was portrayed in a poor light and though the actors were Indian, the director and the film was British. A.R. Rahman has given some brilliant compositions eariler, which were a hit all over, but never got acclaim at the Oscars."
Source By : The Asian Age