Various Artists The Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance
- Words: Eric K. Arnold
- Label: World Music Network
As world music has expanded beyond niche markets to become part of the global pop-culture landscape, its evolution has moved past purist-pleasing traditionalism and embraced a multifaceted, multicultural aesthetic that draws from a melting pot of influences. On Bhangra Dance, contemporary Indian pop gets infused with electronic textures, dancehall reggae lickshots, hip-hop attitude, and outernational club sensibilities (from the likes of Panjabi by Nature, Manak-E, Malkit Singh, Juggy D, and Taz). If you liked Panjabi MC, this comp represents the next wave of Eastern beats. Bhangra is already banging from Mumbai to Miami, so it's not too much of a stretch to call it this year's reggaeton.
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