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Breaking, DJing/turntablism, MCing/rapping, graffiti art and beatboxing are the creative outlets that collectively form hip hop culture, which originated in the streets. This is a mixed panel of talent across the board where credible artists share their knowledge and insights about this culture, while constantly feeding it in their own capacity.
Moderator: Mo City
Panelists: Apache Indian, Uri. Storm, Abhineet Singh
About the artists:
Steven Kapur is a British vocalist and reggae DJ. His childhood was spent in a neighborhood with a large immigrant population, mainly consisting of Jamaicans and Indians that was home to reggae bands such as Steel Pulse and UB40. By the early 80s, Kapur was working with local sound systems and had gained recognition as a dancehall DJ. His first single Movie Over India (1989) became a hit with both Reggae and Bhangra lovers. In 1992, Apache got a major break when he signed a record deal with Island Records who released his album No Reservations. His fusion of Reggae, Raggamuffin, Hip Hop and Bhangra was quite unique and created a new segment in the music world. He is considered a legend in his field and is the only Indian artist to achieve seven top forty hits in the National UK charts. In his long and illustrious career, Apache has worked with the big names in the music business, notably Shaggy, Boy George, Sean Paul, Luciano, Asha Bhosle, Bappi Lahri, Desmond Dekker, Tim Dogg and several others. He is best known for chartbusters as Chok There, Arranged Marriage and Boom Shack-A-Lack during the 90s. His recent collaboration with Jazzy B for Dil Lutya has taken the world by storm. He has also appeared in a Tamil film called Love Birds where he was seen dancing with Prabhu Deva.
With a career spanning over 4 decades, DJ Uri has been true to the Hip-Hop movement. Born in East London in 1974, his journey has been in full flow since 1982. Influenced by the ''Street Sounds Compilations'' and the break dance era, Uri has had a solid upbringing being exposed to underground music from an early age. Getting his first turntables aged 13 he began to DJ for Hip-Hop crew ''The Uptown Posse'', and by the age of 15 Uri was performing to crowds playing Hip-Hop, Disco, Funk and Soul. He lives and breathes the real essence of the Old Skool DJ and his pledge to only play on vinyl decks stays loyal to the art of Turntablism. As a tutor for Access to Music, Rock School and 2Funky, Uri is passionate about Music Education. In February 2006, he opened his own DJ Academy Start from Scratch offering DJ, Music Production and Lyric Writing workshops across the UK. With a long history in the Indian scene, DJ Uri has been rocking the Indian club circuit for the past 17 years. In 2009, Uri decided to make Mumbai his permanent base. The last 3 years have seen him start up the Funk and Old Skool Hip-Hop scene with club nights like Ghettoblaster and Recycled, as well as nurturing the thriving Dubstep and Drum and Bass scene with his monthly Bass night Wobble! and Evolution: The History of Drum and Bass, a night showcasing the progression of DnB. The last 4 months have seen DJ Uri tour extensively across Europe, playing in Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland and the UK with artists such as Marc Hype (Soulclap), The Dirty Honkers, Boys on Pills (Switzerland), MRK1 (Hench/UK), The Mighty Mocambos, Beat Evolution (Berlin), DJ Kite and Luc Masera (Antibling) and Dejoe (Germany). DJ Uri also celebrated his 25th year DJ Anniversary (1987-2012) alongside DJ Sarasa (Minority Classics/Japan) in an unforgettable gig in Mumbai earlier this year.
Storm represents HipHop and Funk styles since 1983 and is one of the leading artists and pioneers in this field. Popping, Locking and Bboying, made him world famous. In the nineties he kind of won every competition there was. He formed the metaphysical infrastructure for a lot of dance events happening today, teaches with a unique didactic concept all over the world and is home in theatres, establishing urban arts.
Abhineet Singh, co-founder of Veg Non Veg, a multi-brand sneaker store in Delhi that also doubles up as an avenue to explore art, culture and music.