Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Take Five: Bromances

There are plenty of solo artists and producers working on their own projects in the Desi music industry. Occasionally they team up and make brilliant music together. Today's Take Five celebrates men who have a very special working relationship.

Talvin Singh & Niladri Kumar

These two classically trained fusion artists collaborated on an album called Together. Anyone lucky enough to see Talvin Singh and Niladri Kumar on their tour will remeber the way they interacted with each other on stage. There was a real musical connection between the two which was thrilling to watch.

Bikram Singh & Navdeep - Electro Love Boliyan

Bikram Singh is usually associated with Tigerstyle, but he worked with producer Navdeep early in his career. The few tracks they made together were unique and magical. Navdeep chose to concentrate on medicine rather than music, but got back into the studio to create an understated version of Bikram's Electro Love Boliyan.

Bobby Friction & Nihal

These two didn't make any tracks together, but this bromance did so much for Desi music. Put together by the BBC, Bobby and Nihal presented a pioneering show on Radio 1 together for seven years before hosting their own shows. Nihal still has the slot on Radio 1, but it's not the same without Bobby. The duo also played around the world at festivals and club nights and I've never seen two DJs so in tune with each other.

Jay Sean, Rishi Rich & Juggy D - Dance With You
A combination of producer and two singers each with their own unique style, this bromance appeared on Top Of The Pops. They may have moved onto bigger international projects, but Dance With You was what started it all.

Dhamendra & Amitabh Bachan - Yeh Dosti
No bromance list could be complete without Yeh Dosti from Sholay. The entire blockbuster film celebrated friendship, but this song is the definition of a bromance.

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