Bhangra never fails to get even those worst of the left-feet variety to break into a jig. Little wonder then that Rhythm Dhol Bass or RDB has been immensely popular across India. Their brand of packing in Folk music from Punjab with an international punch has been setting dance floors alive, especially with their hit track, Aaja Mahi as well as compositions for Bollywood films.
Their fans will soon have their new album to dance to, titled, Worldwide. This is the UK-based group’s first album after the demise of one of the band members, Kuldeep Ral or Kuly. The rest of the band, Surjeet Singh aka Surj, Manjeet Ral or Manj, Nindy Kaur and Raftaar have dedicated this album to Kuly. “He was RDB. He taught us the business, management, negotiation; him missing will always be a huge negative for us,” says Manj about his brother.
Together, they toured the world and created the RDB stamp. “We travel a lot and collaborate with several international artistes. And this album merges Hip-Hop, House, Dub Step and slow lyrical numbers, and desi Punjabi sounds, which is why we thought of calling it Worldwide,” reasons Manj.
Indian artistes such as Salim-Sulaiman, Vishal-Shekhar, Gippy, Pakistani artistes Bilal Saeed, Mustafa Zahid, and T-Pain — are some of the names on the album. When we ask if they plan to work with popular Punjabi artistes Yo Yo Honey Singh and Mika, Manj is receptive, “All us artistes are like one big family, so why not?”
The group also recently uploaded a video by Anoop Singh (Manj and Nindy’s son) titled Bling Bling Mr Singh. Confirming that the entire family will cut a track together, sometime in the future, Manj replies, “Right now, he’s busy with his school, but it will be a great thing if this really happens in the future!”