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Talvin Singh

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Talvin Singh (Matharu) (born in 1970 in Leytonstone, London, England) is a classically trained tabla player, music producer and DJ. He is generally considered to be the ‘father’ of asian underground music and was a central figure in developing and promoting this music at the Blue Note club. His compilation album derived from Blue Note club nights, ‘soundz of the asian underground’ gave the wider world the first breakthrough urban asian fusion album and revealed the talents of a number of asian artists. In 1999 he won the Mercury Prize with his ground breaking album Ok. Only artists like Karsh Kale and Navdeep have come close to matching Talvin’s genius at fusing indian classical music elements with futuristic and profound drum n bass. Despite playing a pivotal part in the development of asian underground, Talvin went to great pains to avoid and protest against being pigeonholed as an asian underground artist. Thanks to his efforts, and others like him, asian fusion is today a diverse genre with numerous sub-genres.
Singh’s music is unique in its combination of electronic dance music styles, particularly ambient and jungle, with the tradition of Indian classical music. In describing his music, as well as his approach to composing and producing, Singh has said, “It’s not fusion music…it’s not crossover, because I don’t separate music. If you don’t separate it then you don’t need to fuse it or cross it over. You just treat it as one element.

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