1. The world fusion British desi band Monsoon was a pioneering “indi-pop” band featuring vocalist Sheila Chandra. The band was formed in 1981 and combined melodies and instruments from India with British pop of the 80s. Though several groups had played with Indian influences before, most notably The Beatles, Monsoon was the first British group with Indian classical and pop music as their main influences to reach a general audience. Monsoon dissolved though after only one album because they did not like the interference they were getting from their record label. Chandra went on to a successful solo career and Monsoon, though short lived, inspired the Asian Underground movement that started with such artists as Joi, Bally Sagoo and Talvin Singh.
2. The Belgian band Monsoon was founded by Joël Grignard and Delphine Gardin and counts 6 band members by now. They describe themselves as ’post rock tortured cabaret with cinematic jazz sounds’.
They write on their myspace page that David Lynch is an inpiration for them. Reviews of their cd’s agree by saying Monsoon would fit perfectly in a bar in the world of David Lynch. Monsoon is what one would get by mixing PJ Harvey with Portishead, not only because of the mysterious, yet attractive singer Delphine Gardin, who is often described as a combination of an angel and a witch.
3. A rapper born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona was named by his producer Lidujoe in 2001.
4. A experimental/psychedelic duo that include Greg Bry on drums & Revson G-Rice on theremin/effects from Chicago, IL. They have released one EP and three LPs since forming in 2008.
5. A native of Northern Clarendon in Jamaica, Monsoon born Denton Bedward has been compared to veteran singer-songwriter’s Capelton, Luciano and Tony Rebel. But where he really shines is on stage. After all, with a name like Monsoon, Bedward knows he has to come in like a strong wind, without mashin’ up the place too much. If you ask Monsoon, he’ll tell you his passion to explode musically has always been in his DNA. A stage career was in the making from as early as 5 years old when as a youngster, students would pay to hear him sing and DJ their favorite songs. Monsoon migrated to the United States, where he settled in the Washington, D.C. area. Monsoon is currently recording songs with top producers in Jamaica and is promoting a few singles to include, “Asalaam-Alaikum,”, “Keep On Loving You” and soca favorite “Wine Up On Me” which are being received emphatically in Jamaica, England and Canada. Monsoon, who performed at President Clinton’s inauguration and has opened for international recording artists (including Shaggy, Buju Banton, Capelton, Beres Hammond, Steel Pulse and Third World) is poised and position for his solo career. “I’m anxious to see how far I can go. It would be nice to be recognized as one of Jamaica’s finest reggae artists, but these things take time,” says Monsoon, who during the Summer of 2009, opened for reggae icons Yellow Man, Professor Nuts, Frankie Paul and Leroy Sibbles. After that performance, he got another moniker: a modern-day “Toots” (of the famed Toots and The Maytals). “I don’t even want to embrace that one,” he says. Toots is a legend, an icon. I just want to find my own place. Hopefully I will have a few people come along for the ride.
Edited by evilryu5 on 14 Jul 2011, 05:34
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