This document outlines the history of the Bhangra phenomenon in the UK. The text is also utilised in the inside back cover of the album ‘BhangraDotCom – Essential Bhanga Remixes4 Ur Mind, Soul & Feet’, released on Nation Records in August 2002 by Swami. Since their work with Apache Indian, Swami, consisting of brothers Simon and Diamond Duggal, have pioneered the idea of fusing traditional Indian music and bhangra with Western club culture in the mainstream music charts and continue to work with mainstream pop artistes.
|Date of Creation / Publication||2002|
|Associated Person/ Organisation||Swami|
|Collection and Reference Number||Nation Records Collection (GB 2661 NR)|
|Copyright||The Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable|
|Access to originals||The originals are located at Nation Records Limited|
|Series notes||Swami are UK based Nu Skool DJs, brothers Simon and Diamond Duggal. Since they formed in the late 1980s, they have worked with artistes such as Apache Indian in 1991, Erasure, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Stereo Nation. The duo concentrate on crossing musical boundaries fusing Arabic, Bhangra, Hindi and Qawaali rhythms with new global dance floor beats. Two albums have been released on the Nation Records label, 'Desi Nu Skool Beatz' in September 2000, and more recently, featuring pure Punjabi lyrics and singers,'BhangraDotCom', which was released in October 2002. Simon and Diamond also operate under the name of DJ Swami, which is signed to Envy Records in the UK.|
|Collection notes||The material from the Nation Records collection consists of various CD covers, press releases, promotional photography, lyrics and flyers from twelve of the bands signed to the record label since 1989.|