Thursday, January 20, 2005

Britpop? I don't think so.
But nevertheless we have a vibrant music scene. Check the talent of Raghav, a Canadian artist who came to Liverpool and has made a big impact. He builds on a long tradition of fusion dating back to the Birmingham-based reggae toaster Apache Indian and re-surfacing with Tijinder Singh's homage to Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle (Brimful of Asha). If that's to MOR for you, then there's the amazingly talented tabla player Talvin Singh who works with drum 'n' bass and trance or Nitin Sawhney (best on earlier recordings). And it's not all about blokes....ex-Monsoon singer Sheila Chandra has been innovating for years as a voice artist and it's fascinating stuff. Who needs a pop idol?

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