September 28th, 2010

Downstairs Bhangra

“Downstairs Bhangra” doesn’t quite have the same ring as “Basement Bhangra,” the legendary monthly at SOB’s that DJ Rekha has been holding down since 1997, but I couldn’t be happier to warm up the crowd for her this Friday at one of Cambridge’s biggest local venues, downstairs at the Middle East.

I’m looking forward to playing through that big ol’ soundsystem, especially since Rekha has requested that I bring some good dubby vibes to the party. She also tasked me with the interesting challenge of playing stuff “suggestive of” but not actually bhangra — and she noted that dancehall works pretty well. Even so, I’m not going to be able to resist pulling out a couple classic tracks here and there, especially some seminal early 90s productions by Bally Sagoo, which still sound to me like quasi-proto-reggaeton and which, as early as 1992, seem to prefigure all the various shapes that modern/pop/club bhangra would take over the next couple decades. Sometimes in the same song!

Bally Sagoo, “Lut Ke Lae Gayee (Get Mental in The House Mix)”
[audio:Sagoo_92_05.mp3]

I’m also thrilled that our man VJ Dziga will be providing live visual accompaniment, likely on a Bwood remix tip. Should be a lime. Come twist imaginary lightbulbs.

2 Comments

  • 1. DJP3RSO  |  September 28th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Hey man, ive been waiting long for a column about reggaeton, its been a while!!!??
    no opinions?

  • 2. wayneandwax  |  September 28th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Ha! Yeah, it’s true, I haven’t written much about reggaeton recently. It’s not for lack of opinions, just lack of time. Also, I’ve been working on a big-ish post/article about the mystery of the dembow, which has been sapping much of my reggaeton energy. more on that soon, prometo!

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I'm a techno-musicologist, internet annotator, imagined community organizer.

I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

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