Catch them live this Saturday as part of Baleno Wicked Weekends

Reggae music is probably one of the hardest genres of music to crack in Bollywood-obsessed India. Which is why the three lakh plus followers on Reggae Rajahs Facebook page are testimony to the group’s popularity. “It’s the most difficult genre of music to be in but ultimately it’s also rewarding when we get appreciation,” Zorawar Shukla, band member of Reggae Rajahs, tells us.

It naturally begets the question of why anyone would want to get into reggae when the music is yet to find connoisseurs in India. For Zorawar, the love for reggae coincided with his visit to Boston after discovering the genre in Delhi. After coming back, Zorawar found that no one was doing reggae and started performing for friends and at small venues just for the love of it.

Reggae Rajahs gradually came together and found recognition from various fests such as Sula Fest, VH1 Supersonic and even organized their own music festival called Goa Reggae Sunsplash, even moving to international music festivals such as Rototom Sunsplash and Sziget Festival while supporting artistes like Major Lazer, UB40 and Apache Indian among others.

“Our biggest achievement is that we’ve taken reggae beyond Bob Marley in India. Most people know his best songs like No Woman, No Cry or Buffalo Soldier but there’s a lot of reggae that can be discovered once you take a liking to it,” Zorawar says.

Zorawar calls himself a foodie and describes the food in Belgium, Peru and Vietnam as the best he’s had so far. “Closer home, Shillong had some great food options too,” he adds. To prove the band’s love for food, he says that he’s even written a song called Mr Singh describing a Sikh gentleman who’s left India and misses his chicken tikka and sarson da saag. A fellow band member has written another song titled Desi Khana from their oeuvre.

Zorawar recalls the month-long trip he took to Jamaica as a sort of musical pilgrimage to reggae and gorged on the jerk chicken and other delectable street food. His most memorable moments include playing with a group of Rastafarian practitioners who were “almost vegan”. “While we were with them, we only had natural and organic food. Rastafarians don’t eat meat or drink alcohol so it was a novel experience to be sharing food with them,” he adds.

Reggae Rajahs have not been as prolific as their fans would like them to be perhaps. Zorawar admits that every band member has side projects and thus the Baleno Wicked Weekend gig happening on Saturday in Delhi is only their second show in 2017. “Honestly, the biggest high is playing with my bandmates together and it’s what I’m looking forward to the most,” Zorawar concludes.

Gig Details:

Show: Baleno Wicked Weekends featuring Reggae Rajahs

City: Delhi

Venue: Raasta, Hauz Khas Village

Date: June 3, 2017

Day: Saturday

Time: 8:30 P.M. onwards

Entry: Club Rules Apply

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