Today we are looking at Bhangra music. Some of the style indicators of Bhangra music are below:
Its lyrics are sometimes sung in Punjabi, Hindi or Urdu and sometimes in English.
Its lyrics generally cover social issues or are about love but always pay tribute to a rich culture
Many instruments are used to make the bhangra sound; different types of drum including tabla and dohl, stringed instruments and keyboards.
The drums are the most important making Bhangra’s style beat based
Have a listen to the song below whilst thinking about the above features.
Once you've listened to the song have a go at answering the questions below. I have put some possible answers in black.
Did you like the Song?
What can you hear?
The vocal line: Male and female vocals and backing vocals with added electronic vocal sounds. The backing/accompaniment: Indian drumming and percussion with strings and electronic sounds.
Is there a hook?
Yes, in the verse and chorus: Jai Ho.
The tempo: Is it fast, slow or in between?
As an extra challenge, can you say how this song shows features of a typical Bhangra song?