Apache Indian


This is the one Jalandhari musician who has not only made his place among Indians but also among people from western world. Apache Indian is the stage name of the reggae dee jay/toaster, Steven Kapur . Although he was born on 11 May 1967, in Handsworth, Birmingham to immigrant parents from Jalandhar.

Career
With the collaboration of his cousins Simon & Diamond, he introduced the new hybrid sound of bhangra raggamuffin - also known as bhangramuffin - to the world with his first album No Reservations (produced by Simon & Diamond, Phil Chill, Robert Livingston, Bobby Digital and Sly Dunbar) in 1993. It was followed by Make Way for the Indian, (produced by Sly & Robbie, The Press, Mafia & Fluxy, Pandit Dinesh and Chris Lane), which featured rapper Tim Dog and spawned the hit, "Boom Shack-A-Lak". Real People / Wild East (produced by Harjinder Boparai) proved to be his most experimental album, and also featured more Indian elements than the other albums. In his heyday, he also made an appearance in the Tamil film, Love Birds, dancing alongside Prabhu Deva.

Karma, his fourth album, was a return to more traditional forms of reggae. It featured Luciano, Boy George as well as Mafia & Fluxy.

Apache Indian merged raggamuffin with Indian music as well as influences from mainstream pop and hip hop, and started a trend that has found a large following.

Stylistically, Apache Indian moved from mixing Indian music with raggamuffin and (on his second album) hip hop to more traditional forms of reggae on his most recent album, Karma.

Lyrically, Apache Indian usually sings in Jamaican patois, and is known for his sharp social criticism - ("Arranged Marriage" featuring Natacha Atlas; "Mention") as well as his party tracks ("Boom Shack-A-Lak", "Jump Up").

Apache Indian has recorded with Boyz II Men, Blackstreet, Wreckx 'n' Effect, UB40, the U.S. chart topper Sean Paul, Maxi Priest, General Levy, Brian and Tony Gold, Shaggy, Yami Bolo, Boy George, A. R. Rahman, Sameera Singh, Asha Bhosle and Pras of the Fugees, Malkit Singh, Dalvinder Singh, Kaptain Laadi plus more recently with Jazzy B (self proclaimed as the Crown Prince of Bhangra) on the album Dil Luteya and Aman Hayer on the album Groundshaker II.

Reggae singer Sean Paul, who has been on the top of Billboard charts with his single with Beyoncé Knowles, toured the U.S. with Apache Indian.

For his first album No Reservation, he had signed a recording contract worth £250,000 with Island Records - one of the largest sums paid for a debut album by a non-white artist.

"Boomshackalack" was featured in five different Hollywood movies, including Dumb And Dumber. More significantly, the song has featured in a record 52 commercials across the globe, featuring various brands.[citation needed] It is also featured on the soundtrack for Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, along with artists such as Fatboy Slim, The B-52's, 2 Unlimited and New Radicals.

His single "Om Numah Shivaya" features on the Putumayo World Music compilation album, World Reggae which is a collection of reggae tracks performed by artists from around the world.

Apache Indian was also nominated for the Central Britain Media and Arts Asian Jewel Award in 2004.

Apache Indian is fluent in Punjabi, which makes his collaborations with Bhangra artists a regular endevour.


Awards
Best Male Newcomer British Reggae Industry Awards 1992 
Outstanding Service & Contribution Yuva Rttan Awards 1992 
Vaisakhi Awards Vaisakhi Celebration Awards 1993 
Appreciation Awards Rotary Club Delhi 1993 
Appreciation Awards National Association of The Blind 1993 
Best Reggae Video Black Music Awards 1993 
Ambassador Awards Caribbean Crucible 1993 (CANADA) 
Best Rapper/Rap Track/Best Live Act Independent Asian Music Poll Awards 1994 
Best Live Act Movie Appreciation Awards 1994 (UK) 
Best Asian Mainstream Singer Movie Bhangra Awards 1997 (UK) 
Appreciation Awards BBC Networks East Mega Mela 1999 (UK) 
DJ Awards Asian DJ Awards (Entasi & Apna Beat) 1994 
Best Newcomber Reggae Awards 1991 
Best Newcomber Asian Awards 1991 
Four Nominations Brit Awards 1993 

Discography

Albums
1993 No Reservations 
1995 Make Way For The Indian 
1997 Real People / Wild East 
2000 Karma 
2005 Time for Change 
2007 Sadhu - The Movement (Indian Release on TIPS Music) 

Singles
1992 Boom Shack-A-Lak 
1992 "Fe' Real" UK #33 
1993 "Arranged Marriage" UK #16 
1993 "Chok There" UK #30 
1993 "Nuff Vibes" (EP) UK #5 
1993 "Movin' On" UK #48 
1994 "Wrecxx Shop" UK #26 
1995 "Make Way for the Indian" UK #29 
1995 "Ragamuffin Girl" (feat. Frankie Paul) UK #31 
1997 "Lovin' (Let Me Love You)" UK #53 
1997 "Real People" UK #66 
2005 "Om Numah Shivaya" 
2005 "The Israelites" (vs. Desmond Dekker) UK #239 
2006 "Teriyan Adawaan" (Preet Harpal) 
2007 "Ground Shaker 2" (Kudi Dekhi Lagdi by Aman Hayer) 
With the collaboration of his cousins Simon & Diamond, he introduced the new hybrid sound of bhangra raggamuffin - also known as bhangramuffin - to the world with his first album No Reservations (produced by Simon & Diamond, Phil Chill, Robert Livingston, Bobby Digital and Sly Dunbar) in 1993. It was followed by Make Way for the Indian, (produced by Sly & Robbie, The Press, Mafia & Fluxy, Pandit Dinesh and Chris Lane), which featured rapper Tim Dog and spawned the hit, "Boom Shack-A-Lak". Real People / Wild East (produced by Harjinder Boparai) proved to be his most experimental album, and also featured more Indian elements than the other albums. In his heyday, he also made an appearance in the Tamil film, Love Birds, dancing alongside Prabhu Deva.

Karma, his fourth album, was a return to more traditional forms of reggae. It featured Luciano, Boy George as well as Mafia & Fluxy.

Apache Indian merged raggamuffin with Indian music as well as influences from mainstream pop and hip hop, and started a trend that has found a large following.

Stylistically, Apache Indian moved from mixing Indian music with raggamuffin and (on his second album) hip hop to more traditional forms of reggae on his most recent album, Karma.

Lyrically, Apache Indian usually sings in Jamaican patois, and is known for his sharp social criticism - ("Arranged Marriage" featuring Natacha Atlas; "Mention") as well as his party tracks ("Boom Shack-A-Lak", "Jump Up").

Apache Indian has recorded with Boyz II Men, Blackstreet, Wreckx 'n' Effect, UB40, the U.S. chart topper Sean Paul, Maxi Priest, General Levy, Brian and Tony Gold, Shaggy, Yami Bolo, Boy George, A. R. Rahman, Sameera Singh, Asha Bhosle and Pras of the Fugees, Malkit Singh, Dalvinder Singh, Kaptain Laadi plus more recently with Jazzy B (self proclaimed as the Crown Prince of Bhangra) on the album Dil Luteya and Aman Hayer on the album Groundshaker II.

Reggae singer Sean Paul, who has been on the top of Billboard charts with his single with Beyoncé Knowles, toured the U.S. with Apache Indian.

For his first album No Reservation, he had signed a recording contract worth £250,000 with Island Records - one of the largest sums paid for a debut album by a non-white artist.

"Boomshackalack" was featured in five different Hollywood movies, including Dumb And Dumber. More significantly, the song has featured in a record 52 commercials across the globe, featuring various brands.[citation needed] It is also featured on the soundtrack for Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, along with artists such as Fatboy Slim, The B-52's, 2 Unlimited and New Radicals.

His single "Om Numah Shivaya" features on the Putumayo World Music compilation album, World Reggae which is a collection of reggae tracks performed by artists from around the world.

Apache Indian was also nominated for the Central Britain Media and Arts Asian Jewel Award in 2004.

Apache Indian is fluent in Punjabi, which makes his collaborations with Bhangra artists a regular endevour.


Awards
Best Male Newcomer British Reggae Industry Awards 1992 
Outstanding Service & Contribution Yuva Rttan Awards 1992 
Vaisakhi Awards Vaisakhi Celebration Awards 1993 
Appreciation Awards Rotary Club Delhi 1993 
Appreciation Awards National Association of The Blind 1993 
Best Reggae Video Black Music Awards 1993 
Ambassador Awards Caribbean Crucible 1993 (CANADA) 
Best Rapper/Rap Track/Best Live Act Independent Asian Music Poll Awards 1994 
Best Live Act Movie Appreciation Awards 1994 (UK) 
Best Asian Mainstream Singer Movie Bhangra Awards 1997 (UK) 
Appreciation Awards BBC Networks East Mega Mela 1999 (UK) 
DJ Awards Asian DJ Awards (Entasi & Apna Beat) 1994 
Best Newcomber Reggae Awards 1991 
Best Newcomber Asian Awards 1991 
Four Nominations Brit Awards 1993 

Discography

Albums
1993 No Reservations 
1995 Make Way For The Indian 
1997 Real People / Wild East 
2000 Karma 
2005 Time for Change 
2007 Sadhu - The Movement (Indian Release on TIPS Music) 

Singles
1992 Boom Shack-A-Lak 
1992 "Fe' Real" UK #33 
1993 "Arranged Marriage" UK #16 
1993 "Chok There" UK #30 
1993 "Nuff Vibes" (EP) UK #5 
1993 "Movin' On" UK #48 
1994 "Wrecxx Shop" UK #26 
1995 "Make Way for the Indian" UK #29 
1995 "Ragamuffin Girl" (feat. Frankie Paul) UK #31 
1997 "Lovin' (Let Me Love You)" UK #53 
1997 "Real People" UK #66 
2005 "Om Numah Shivaya" 
2005 "The Israelites" (vs. Desmond Dekker) UK #239 
2006 "Teriyan Adawaan" (Preet Harpal) 
2007 "Ground Shaker 2" (Kudi Dekhi Lagdi by Aman Hayer) 

Source:Wikipedia
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