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EntertainmentHear Ravi Sookhoo from N2 The Band explains how his band fuses West Indian and Trinidad music with Bollywood music. This is one #MonsterArtist Development (MAD) episode that you won’t want to miss!
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>>Ravi: Hi I’m Ravi Sookhoo, I’m from the
band N2 and you’re watching MAD.
We’re an Indian band we started out
in the temples
and playing you know Indian music and stuff but we’re obviously West Indian.
The music industry for this kind of music is a little different here
but in Trinidad music is a
little more serious there it was too
at that time at least.
That’s obviously where my background’s from
and I always wanted to live there anyway
so one day I just picked up and I left.
And I just got myself into the
music industry down there
eventually everybody got to know me.
It’s been quite a journey,
out here is obviously a different market,
a different scene, different
everything to what Trinidad was.
To be honest this is the first time we’ve
done a Bollywood show.
I’ve tried to get into uh some Bollywood festivals.
I was kind of made to
feel that we weren’t Indian enough.
It was something really nice when you guys reached out to us,
they give us a call to come and do this kind of music.
My ancestors left
India how many generations ago
and all this time we kept our traditions, we kept our music.
When Indian people see us and they see
oh you guys do your pujas and everything,
it’s still the traditional way,
you guys have all these
really old Indian names and everything,
yeah because we kept everything.
So that initially made me even more proud to be
a West Indian and it made me proud to
represent that part of the culture.
So that’s why we do our Indian music,
our Bollywood stuff,
we mix it with our real west end.
[Singing in another language]
>>Ravi: We’re a kind of a fusion band, with a Caribbean fusion band
because most of the members are from the Caribbean.
But I also studied in music
in India where we do our Indian music so
it’s…we do something that a lot of
people have never heard before,
but it works well.
We do a lot of Bollywood remixes with
um a Caribbean flavor.
I’m originally from, yes, Toronto
but um my parents are from Trinidad and Tobago.
I went back and lived there for quite a while, when I finished school here,
and I ended up coming back.
I actually lived in India for a little while for a little bit too, to do my music and whatnot
very proud of my Indo-Caribbean heritage.
A lot of good things happened for me in Trinidad.
I’m…that’s where my music career kind of took off
because music is taken a little more seriously in Trinidad.
In Canada, for instance, so if we
get a gig with this kind of music per se,
South Asian or Indian music
or even West Indian music,
you know you get a gig, once in a while there’s an event,
but in Trinidad you…people
don’t have a wedding without a band.
People don’t have a birthday without a band.
You know, so every weekend
there’s there’s something going on.
But you see our culture is a little,
a little different per se like um we do the
Indian music stuff but West Indians for the last two generations
so most of us don’t even speak Hindi right.
Prior to COVID19 we spent a lot of time in
the band room, all the guys gelling and
working out arrangements and trying to
make Bollywood music sound different
cause to be honest with you
…and to um…like the band we’re
bringing there…me and my wife
and maybe one of the other members are the only ones that are Indian.
This is the first time
we’ve had an opportunity to
to be part of a real, real Bollywood
um you know
kind of Indian festival like this,
usually we don’t get that opportunity.
I’m actually looking forward
to to kind of present something new,
to uh to your viewers here that they might
not have been exposed to before.
I wasn’t sure what to expect
before, but now um…now that we’re in it we’re seeing
that you guys do so many wonderful things to help out the community
and it’s not…it’s not just,
just this one big concert.
It’s not that, it’s apparently a lot more to it.
I’m really excited to be a part of it.
We like to take old film songs and redo them like, for instance,
our favorites we like to do is this is
Lotta G’s favorite um
I don’t know if you’re
aware of that song but um it’s, it’s a really
slow like it’s like a lullaby kind of song.
We just threw a whole reggae vibe
into it so it still has its beautiful melody,
everything, but it just have a nice groove
to it, a nice Western flavor to it.
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