With the success of their first night back in 1999, come February, Shaanti will be celebrating a mighty 8 years at the top! In the 8 years of its running, it has become one of the UK’s undisputed leaders, and cemented both the Shaanti name and record label in the international Fusion industry. So this year, they owe it to all their clubbers to bring you a line up that couldn’t get any better, so here it is.
Shaanti’s Birthday Weekend kicks off on Friday 23 February at The Factory in Birmingham. PMC, Joi meet UK Apache for a five-and-a-half hours of madness, while in Room 2, Mystro from Galaxy, Parm Paneser and guests rev-up the sound barriers to make some noise. New to the night is Room 3, the Drum ‘N’ Bass and Eastern Breaks Room which will play a gritty bassline drilla of a set by DJ Sanz and MSC – followed by Shaanti’s Resident DJ line-up which includes Rich Reason, Ravaliya and Manga from Galaxy.
Following on from that, the next day they head down South, on Saturday 24 February, as Shaanti presents the London leg of the birthday party celebration at Cargo, London. Joining the residents Manga from Galaxy, Rich Reason and Ravaliya plus guests, will be Asian Dub Foundation Soundsystem, who will be playing their first London date this year. The night also marks the announcement of their new album ‘Shaanti Present’s…’ a pre-launch party that celebrates their forthcoming release, out on Monday 2 April 2007 via Absolute/Universal featuring exclusive tracks from Swami, Tigerstyle, UK Apache, The Kalyan, Specialist n Tru Skool, Soundtheory, RDB, PNOX, and many more.
In ’99, in the backstreets of Birmingham, a club night exploded and Shaanti was born. Spearheaded by Manga, Shaanti has developed from a small underground movement to a mainstream commotion and has grown into an international, pioneering, innovative brand. Within the last 8 years, Shaanti has expanded and managed with significant success to rise above musical and cultural obstruction and most importantly of all, represented and championed the toughest sounds of Eastern and Fusion Breaks and Beats across the globe. This crew are for real! Whist other collectives have faded into oblivion with short-lived success, Shaanti have remained constantly strong.
Manga, Founder of Shaanti and Radio presenter for Galaxy says: “It’s such a great achievement to get just one gig right, but to have that same vision succeed after eight years just blows me away. I never thought I’d look forward to Shaanti turning 8. To say I’m honoured is definitely an understatement.”
This award winning club night and now record label has gone from strength to strength establishing themselves as the leaders in Asian and Global club sounds! In the last eight years they have showcased the world’s superstars like Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Ease (Nightmares on Wax), Tigerstyle, The Cornershop, Pressure Drop, Gaudi, Transglobal Underground, PMC, Future World Funk, Midival Punditz and many more, as well introducing fresh new faces time and time again. As well as breaking their own attendance figures – the night attracts club enthusiasts back in their droves. The secret of their success is to promote originality, while challenging musical perceptions by uniting innovative musical forms of dance sounds as one. February also marks Shaanti as being the longest running Eastern Fusion Break Beat club night in Europe.
Farook from Joi, Real World Records says: “Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Shaanti for running the longest Asian-Global Fusion Break-Beat club in this country. My experiences at Shaanti are always strong, because of the power of the crown and the multiplicity of its beats. It’s an honour for me to be a guest for Shaanti’s birthday and I can’t wait to play an exclusive soundsystem set and drop some tracks from my new album ‘Without Zero’ on the night. Keep up the good work as the movement moves on.”
While UK Apache says, “Shaanti influence on the music of western society is hard to overstate, Shaanti’s a legend all over the world.”
“The sheer energy of the people and collective musical output of Shaanti always puts a smile on my face. Respect to Shaanti and all that sail in her!! Happy 8 Birthday to U.” SUNJ from Asian Dub Foundation adds.
Kicking of the celebrations on Friday 23 February at The Factory in Birmingham is Joi, PMC and UK Apache. Joi is one of the UK’s oldest champions of electronic fusion and Asian breaks. Having consistently evolved their style since their critically acclaimed debut album, ‘One And One Is One’, but, after the tragic death of his brother and band member Haroon (R.I.P) Farook later released a solo album that fuses East and West, ‘We Are Three’ on Real World Records. Recorded in Bangladesh and in London with Spring Heel Jack producers John Coxon and Ashley Wales, its title is a reference to Joi’s spiritual belief in the powers that surround us. Indeed Haroon had completed much of the preparatory work earlier that year when he travelled to Bangladesh to make recordings with local musicians. Says Farook: “Haroon’s vibe is not only still there, it’s there on every single track. It’s his legacy.” As a Soundstystem, Joi spins deep and bleepy techno with a dose of house and drum and bass with some Asian stuff thrown in for good measure.
Long before Timbaland and Dr. Dre started using Desi music, DJ and producer Panjabi MC (PMC) was mixing hip-hop and jungle with bhangra way before anyone else. There was an era of DJs and producers before PMC came about and then came an era transformed by him. PMC made his make by being known as the key-figure in developing the desi experimental hip-hop style AKA Desi Beats.
One particular production changed PMC’s profile from an UK Asian producer into a worldwide success. Recognized immediately for its use of the dynamic bassline from the Knight Rider theme song (used similarly in Timbaland & Magoo’s ‘Clock Strikes’ and Busta Rhymes ‘Fire It Up,’) in addition to its incorporation of the traditional dhol and tumbi instruments the track ‘Mundian To Bach Ke – Beware of the Boys’ immanently blew-up! Having secured sample clearance, ‘Mundian To Back Ke’ got a mainstream release, which successfully charted in at number 5 in the UK Top 40 charts. On top of this East meets West combo, rhymes from American rapper Jay-Z pump up the profile of the single giving the track its second international release. Moving forward to the present day PMC’s schedule is none stop as he tours the world.
There’s not a junglist alive that hasn’t heard of UK Apache, a jungle-beats specialist who is without a doubt one of the true pioneers of the alternative music scene. From the humble beginnings of the ‘Original Nuttah’ with Shy FX in 1993, to the heady Asian Underground days with Badmarsh and Shri in 2001, UK Apache has played a portal role in the creation and evolution of drum and bass. Having been one of the first to successfully translate the sounds of rap into jumping floor-filling anthems and in doing so, he has defined a chapter in the history of dance music. Armed with a mic, UK will be tearing da house with his infamous rapid-fire ragga-chats. He’ll also be performing exclusively in the Midlands and just for Shaanti, his latest single, available on Shaanti Presents…”Badman” – “an awesome, unstoppable propulsion track” (Eastern Eye.)
While Shaanti’s Cargo bash on Saturday 24 February in London will headline the Award Winning Asian Dub Foundation Soundsystem. Asian Dub Foundation are 21st century MIDI warriors. Their distinctive sound is a combination of hard ragga-jungle rhythms, indo-dub basslines, searing sitar- inspired guitars and ‘traditional’ sounds gleaned from their parents’ record collections, shot through with fast-chat conscious lyrics. ADF’s forceful presence has helped to demolish many stereotypes of Asian musicians and by extension, Asian people. An acknowledgement of this came in the form of the BBC Asian Award for Music in December 1998. Their higher profile enabled ADF to attract funding from the London Arts Board to establish ADF Education (ADFED) to promote and practice the teaching of music and technology to young people. ADFED now functions as an independent organisation running various workshops in London.
Having been at the forefront of Eastern dance beats, Manga, Founder of Shaanti and co-Partner of Shaanti Play Records has become one of the most well known faces when it comes to the world of electronic desi music and Brit-Asian culture. Always championing the very best in Brit-Asian and global club sounds, ‘Manga from Shaanti presents…’ on Galaxy has been addicting legions of listeners since his launch into national syndication in Oct 2004. His weekly show quickly became an Eastern dance-beat Mecca for all things eclectic, Fusion and Eastern dance.
Manchester based, Rich Reason was part of the original nu-skool breakbeat movement that advocated the rapid velocity of breaks of drum’n’bass and Asian Underground. This Shaanti resident is renowned for his work with Roni Size, Full Cycle, Adam F, Goldie, Q-Bert, Public Enemy and Jazzy B to name but a few. His phenomenal technical skills, eclectic flair, enthusiasm, dedication and character took the world by storm many years ago; now years later he continues to have the same whirlwind effect on dance floors as he did when he first arrived. Reason’s sets are designed in mind for sound systems – bass fuelled electro-fused breaks that demand to be played at high volumes to unleash their lethal potential.
London boy, Ravaliya has pushed the envelope of dance music from a tender age. After years of parties and inspiration from other DJ’s and producers, he decided it was time to try his hands behind the decks, and since then has never looked back. With his diverse variety of genre-splicing house, DJ Buj has become one of the most popular DJs in the UK music scene. His sets are invincible as he keeps his audience spellbound with a heady mix of melody, intricate percussion and trippy Asian effects, evolving his sound each month.
Other DJ’s on the night also include: Parm Panesar, DJ Sanz, MSC, Mystro (Galaxy) at The Factory, Birmingham and Faraz Osman, Dj Dulz (Bazna) and special guests will be playing at Cargo, London.
A truly jaw dropping line-up that is the only fitting celebration for Shaanti’s 8th birthday of the UK home of Eastern Electronica and Fusion Break-Beat Dance Music.
Bobby Friction, BBC Radio 1 & BBC Asian Network – “Happy 8th Birthday Shaanti! I remember playing at the 1st ever Shaanti night and thinking that if the club could keep it going for a couple of weeks it may just become a ‘good little club night’. I didn’t realize 8 years later I would be talking about a unique behemoth in the world of Asian clubbing that every DJ I know wants to play at. As a performer it gives you hundreds of the most open ears you can imagine, a sound system that sounds like the industrial revolution in action, and entry into the select band of DJ’s & bands that have played there over the years. I don’t think I’ve met a DJ or Artist who hasn’t enjoyed playing there! Where else in the UK can you play Bhangra, Hip Hop, Drum & Bass, House and Grime all in the same set and get a legendary response? I cut my teeth at that club and have a lot to thank it for.”
Russ Jones from Future World Funk, Hackney and Globe Trotting – “Big birthday hugs and kisses to the phatest Asian night on the planet.”
Gaudi – “The coolest Birmingham night turns 8, 8 as “the number of the infinite”; Long life to the infinite Shaanti, lets celebr8″!!!! Rezpekt.”
Sacha Brooks, Galaxy – “I love Manga and the Shaanti crew. I’ve loved every set I’ve played for them. Venues are always jammed with the best crowds Birmingham has. Happy B’day Shaanti, here’s to ANOTHER 8 GLORIOUS years. Thanks for your support in my career so far.”
Kami. K, Producer – “In 2006 Shaanti was top of my list, Crowd was very receptive to all music and I had a great time playing there, To describe this in a few words “An Experience of Energy and Madness. Look forward to the events in 2007.”
Tigerstyle – “We’d like to wish Shaanti a Happy 8th Birthday. Congrats to Manga, Sharnita and everyone else behind the scenes at Shaanti for their accomplishment. We hope the night is an ongoing success and pleasure for us to perform at for years to come.”
Swami, DJ and Producer – “Happy B8day Shaanti…The most eclectic electronic Asian, Bhangra, Desi influenced club night on the planet! You just keep on growing Shaanti…the sound can only get crazier in the future!”
Rich Reason, Shaanti Resident DJ – “Happy Birthday Shaanti – the most forward thinking, bleeding-edge Asian music night on the globe! All the best for the next 8 Years – I know you guys are still going to be doing it then. Thanks for all the support and belief. Love, Rice and Peace.”
Ravaliya, Shaanti Resident DJ – “Shaanti has been a ground breaking clubnight, building a culture amongst the clubbers of today. It has hosted some of the most exciting lineups in recent years, and has rarely failed to provide an amazing night out for those who enter the doors of the Custard Factory (Birmingham), Cargo (London) and anywhere else there is a Shaanti Party. It has been a honour being able to DJ as a Shaanti Resident, and with the launch of the new Shaanti Play Records label, I feel there are going to be some great surprises still to come!”
Notorious Jatt – “Shaanti has proven what a successful and original concept it really is by standing the true test of time. In an ever changing music scene to have lasted 8 years and gone from strength to strength is a major accomplishment”
Dhamaal Soundsystem – “Maximum respect and best wishes for YEAR 8! Keeping things growing in this space for such a long time is no small feat. Shaanti rolls with the best talent at great venues and does things will a level of integrity that will no doubt take you to higher heights. Much love from the Dhamaal Crew!’
JC from The Sona Family – “Shaanti a place of cultural diversity and a vibrant sound.”
Swami Baracus – “Happy birthday Shaanti! Huge respect to Manga and crew for representing and showcasing the best in Asian underground talent. Look forward to continued success in 2k7! Big up! Peace and Respect.”