Botown - The Soul Of Bollywood (DC2FBO) on Friday 1st December 2017
THE SOUL OF BOLLYWOOD
Botown are a chart-topping multicultural Soul band that reboot Bollywood classics with a shot of late ’60 Soul and Funk. It’s an exciting culture-clash musical experience that takes you on a musical trip from Memphis to Mumbai. Imagine a legendary ‘60’s Soul band playing Bollywood music – that’s Botown
The music of Botown blends the genres of Bollywood with classic Soul and Funk from the 1960s and 1970s. It is a musical reimagining of the Bollywood genre and references artists such as Ray Charles, James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone together with Bollywood Music Directors such as RD Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal and Kalyanji Anandji. As well as Soul music, the band also draws inspiration from Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Blues and Reggae. Along with these musical influences Botown also add their original music and compositions. The band creates a musical link between what Srivastav calls the 'working class music of India and America.'
Botown is made up of many well known London based musicians all of whom are trained in various styles. The band was created and developed by Ajay Srivastav in late 2008 with the ethos of keeping music live and real. To this end the band is passionate about playing live and concerts include freeform and improvised sections with extended and sometimes spontaneous solo sections. Botown concerts are also well known for audience participation where fans sing and dance along with the band. Their first official public performance was in early 2009, though there were some 'warm up' shows in late 2008.
The initial launch-shows were at the Watermans Arts Centre a venue well established in the UK Asian Arts scene. The concerts were a huge success and soon the band were regularly selling out venues such as Rich Mix, The Drum and the Broadway Barking. In the Summer of 2009, the band headlined at the Southampton Music festival and in August 2009 the band made history by being the first band to showcase Bollywood music at London's legendary Jazz Cafe. In 2010 the band headlined at the GLA Diwali in the Square Festival at Trafalgar Square in Central London and played to a crowd of 30,000 fans.
Music Genres: Soul
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