IT WAS all about music, dance and Bhangra at the recent Bhangra Showdown 2012 that was held at the Long Bar, One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya.
The event, organised by MD Events Asia, Kami Production and Hitman Solutions, saw several local talents taking centre stage at the party. Held to provide a platform for local artistes, the bhangra showdown on April 27 was a huge hit among bhangra lovers who turned up in droves.
Although the event was conceptualised a month prior to the showdown, it garnered a good response via pre-booked tickets.
“Local artistes do not really have a platform to showcase their talents, they are all by themselves so we decided to get them all together and produce this show,” said MD Events Asia event coordinator, Jack Gill.
Gill, who also manages Long Bar, said the event was the first full-fledged bhangra show to be held in Malaysia.
He said it was not an easy task to bring all seven artistes together due to their tight schedules.
However, Gill, who is also a sound and light supplier for events in Malaysia, said his good rapport with the artistes helped them as well.
The artistes featured in the show were Monsoon, Hitman, Arvinder Raina, MeAndMyPunjabiFriend (MNMPF), Herby Dhillon, Miss Chaman, Hardeep Kahlon as well as MDJ-Dev, DJ Tony, DJ Gurveer and DJ Sukhi Sidhu.
The invitations and publicity were done over Facebook and they managed to get 600 people for the show, with 300 pre-sold tickets.
Fellow coordinator and artist Hitman, whose real name is Rohit Rampal, added that the event featured the creme of the crop in bhangra and Punjabi music in Malaysia.
Hitman performed Laila Me Laila with Monsoon and Miss Chaman as well as Rise and Shine with Herby Dhillon.
Monsoon featuring duo Ballu B, 25 and Keeran D, 29, belted out their famous hits Nachdiyan, Jeelendey and Tu Nach to the delight of the screaming audience.
Ballu said that the event was a great way to garner more support from Malaysians. According to him, they launched their album a year ago and faced a lack of support from Malaysians.
“We hope to also reach out to the other Indian communities so that they can also enjoy bhangra,” added Keeran.
Newcomers MNMPF, a duo singing Punjabi Hip Hop numbers, got the attention of the crowd when they gave out presents to the audience.
Rappers JiggyJit and JuzMckenzie have been in the industry for a year and have three songs currently playing on air.
Their album, “MeAndMyPunjabiFriend presents MNMPF” will be out in the next two months under recording label Psycho Unit Asia and their songs are currently a hit on Tamil radio station THR Raaga.
“We performed three songs Telli, Gabru and Pessa. The former two are still new and no one has heard them before but the response we received from the crowd was really amazing,” said JiggyJit.
The response has strengthened their resolve to release two more video clips with the help of sponsors. A portion of profits derived from that will be donated to charity.