Vancouver based and internationally known bhangra group, En Karma, is back with new music, new dreams, and new intentions. What a way to kick off the New Year.
Their most recent release of the single “Femme Fatale – Chori Chori” is now making the rounds on radio, iTunes and television.
“This is a new sound for us; we have tried and tested these songs live during 2018 and now we feel it’s time to share them with our fans. We are also mega stocked about signing with Speed Records / Times Music and personally being handled by Dinesh (CEO Speed Records)” says drummer Pip Dhaliwal.
2019 will see the release of even more music with singles and a full album expected this spring. AAJ magazine sat down the award-winning group who has been dropping dhol and drum beats for a decade.
“We never really took a break over the years and continued to do shows since we started. We had a busy 2017 after releasing the single “She Kills.” We were on stage so much and enjoying performing for our fans. We finally made our way to the studio to do a full album and had the pleasure of working with super producer Harj Nagra,” says lead vocalist, Inder Kooner.
Over the years, En Karma has dropped countless singles and two full feature albums. This is the third album release and it’s like no other music you ’ve heard from them.
“People can expect more electronic vibe and bhangra dance as opposed to the rock sound our fans are used to. Think of a fusion between electronic, dhol and bhangra beats. We’ve grown with the trends of the music industry and hoping our fans follow and at the same time attract a new generation of music lovers.” says band member Nick Chowlia.
En Karma isn’t just releasing a new style of music but also getting ready to jump on stage again and returning to the festival scene as well as touring around the world. Under two new labels, Speed Music and Times Music, En Karma is looking to make a mark on the traditional Punjabi music scene as well as the mainstream stage around the world.
En Karma is the only active bhangra band on the mainstream circuit. With their roots firmly planted in Canada, India and the UK – En Karma has branched out to reach fans around the world and dominate the Canadian World music scene for over a decade.
“Bhangra music and dance are one of the most recognized styles of music anywhere you go in the world. We love being a part of it!” says Nick Chowlia, the band’s keyboardist.
Music over the years…
Their debut album titled “En Karma” reached #1 on the iTunes World Music chart and featured the lead single Tohar Naal Jeena, and hosting artists such as K. S. Makhan, H Dhami, and Delhi2Dublin – 2010
It was followed by the release of “EnKarmafied” in 2014 – which reached #2 on the iTunes World Music charts featuring the singles Dil Naal Khedey & Tu Nach.
Since they started together, En Karma has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the Bhangra industry over the years including Jazzy B, Malkit Singh, Sharry Mann, Sarbjit Cheema, KS Makhan, and HDhami.
“The most memorable performances included being part of the Canada 150 celebrations at the capital and being part of the electrifying energy at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Canada Day celebrations this past year on the biggest live event stage in BC,” says drummer Pip Dhaliwal.
En Karma is back to dominate the dance floors at International Jazz Festivals, numerous Indian, Fusion, and World Music festivals. It is a known fact that your feet will remember dancing for days after hearing and seeing En Karma live!
Article by Kuljeet Kalia
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