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Alaap Profile

The Bhangra pioneers Alaap started in 1977, performing in the Punjabi communities in London. Under the influence of producer Deepak Khazanchi, Alaap's music went electric and ignited the Asian Underground revolution ten years before well known bands Fun>Da>Mental and Transglobal Underground.

The Bhangra pioneers Alaap started in 1977 in Southall in Middlesex (West London), performing in temples and at small functions. Under the influence of producer Deepak Khazanchi, Alaap's music went electric and ignited the Asian Underground revolution ten years before well known bands Fun>Da>Mental and Transglobal Underground.

Alaap gave a practical demonstration of the form's development: their debut album focused on traditional Punjabi folk music, later they fused it with keyboards and drum machines. The presence of one track on WOMAD Talking Book Vol. 4 - Introduction To Asia brought a wider audience.

By '90--91 the form had become major popular music with British Asian youth, standing with Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston; a new era of respectability and experimentation emerged, exemplified by Alaap's '91 album, Chham Chham Nachdi Phiran, in part a collaboration with Asha Bhosle, one of India's greatest female vocalists.

During past 25 years Alaap made fifteen albums, were awarded 3 Gold and 2 Platinum Discs, and supplied music for several Bollywood movies. Alaap have also been accorded International Recognition by Guinness Book of World Records who listed them as having the "Most Recordings by a Bhangra Band".