A musical melting pot

Apr 18, 2013, 06:31 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

Gear up for some eclectic mix of sounds ranging from Hip-Hop to Rap and Reggae as Mumbai-based band Bombay Bassment take over the Hard Rock Cafe

The four-member music band Bombay Bassment from Mumbai are all set to perform in the city. Formed in 2010, the band’s line-up consists of MC/Rapper Bobkat (Robert Bob Omulo), drummer Levin Mendes, bassist Ruell Barretto and sampler Chandu (Chandrashekar Kunder).

Bombay Bassment’s music is an upbeat blend of Hip-Hop, Rap, Reggae/Dub, Funk and Drum ‘n’ Bass. Each member has varied influences and backgrounds making the sound of the band unique.

Bombay Bassment

Among the performers Bobkat, originally from Kenya, is a veteran MC and DJ. He entered the Mumbai music scene over 12 years ago. His lyrics and sounds revolve around the rhythms of life. Levin and Ruell are the original founders of Bombay Bassment and have been active on the Indie scene for the past eight years.

With 15 years of experience, Chandu started off as a resident DJ at popular clubs in Mumbai and is currently the co-producer of Bombay Bassment along with Deep, founder of Indiaudio (an Independent music label).

Bombay Bassment

Commenting on their upcoming performance Bobkat says, “We will play our usual mix of Hip-Hop and groovy Reggae as well as Funk/Electronic-laced instrumentals. We have some new tunes that we’ve composed since our last visit to the city as well.”

While talking about Hip-Hop and Rap, Bobkat adds that Hip-Hop has experienced a decline recently but all is not lost.
“Now, we have Hip-Hop acts such as ours regularly performing at Hard Rock Cafe and other such venues. That was never the case even at the height of the genre’s popularity in the early 2000s. So, maybe it will be back, but this time a little more organised and creative than before,” he states.

He observes that the Pune audience is open to sampling new sounds and welcomes “adventurous artistes”. Some of the bands that have inspired the group include Arrested Development, The Roots and Rage Against The Machine.

Among the several accolades they have won, their bassist Ruell was nominated for the Rolling Stone-JD Annual Rock Awards 2010 in the Bassist of the Year category.

The band also played on the opening day of Bacardi NH7 Weekender in the city, which had five stages hosting over 50 bands from India and the UK.

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