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Make way for the Indian

music Updated: Apr 27, 2011 17:56 IST
Robin Bansal
Robin Bansal
Hindustan Times
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Two new music albums, a biopic, an autobiography and a bar franchise in India – UK based Indian origin Reggae artist Apache Indian is now going to drop anchor back home forever with a platter of ventures.

“It’s nice to be back in India and moving around,” says Apache, real name Steven Kapur, who is on a four-city (Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Pune)tour in the country. His tour began on February 25 in Mumbai.

Having traveled the world five times and toured 27 countries in the last two years, he is now “thinking about settling here”. “My parents are from India and all my life I’ve been planning to come down and live here. In the next two years and that’s a 100%. My head is set on that.”

Ask about the reason behind his sudden decision, the 43-year-old says: “It’s been a wish of mine. There’s always been a desire. Things have changed in the UK over the years not for good. I have friends and family here so I feel more comfortable here. I feel myself here. I’m just getting older and looking at retirement’s point of view.”

Moving to his ventures, he has almost been out of sight as far as India is concerned.

“I’ve been back and forth in the market. I’ve been keeping busy recording new albums. I was here last time to record for a movie. I did one for a Saif Ali Khan movie Race and one for Harbhajan Mann,” he says.

“I did two songs for a Bappi Lahiri movie Love Story too but it hasn’t released yet,” he adds.

Kapur was also upbeat about the changing scneario in music here.

“It’s good time for music because a whole new generation of youngsters is playing a lot of rap. There’s a lot of reggae around. So it seems like a good time for my genre of music. It’s a little bit of revival in this territory especially,” he says excitedly.

The father of bhangramuffin doesn’t deny looking for greener pastures in Bollywood.

“Well for that you have to be here. Yes I’d love to do a lot of collaborations. In fact I’m in discussions about making a Bollywood movie with an international and Indian appeal about my life. There is a story to tell and I’m known in the international market. So I rather get it made when I’m alive then it is made when I pass away,” he says.

“I’ve already written a script. The only problem is what’s going to be the last chapter but there’s no rush,” he adds.

That’s not all for the pop-rap-bhangra artiste. “I’m also in talks about an autobiography. I’m in the finishing stages of writing it. It’s taken two years.”

Kapur’s also coming out with two new albums - one of which one is called Music Is Freedom.

“The first album has some new songs as well as different mixes of some old songs as well. Then later on in the year there’s a whole brand new album coming up called Music is Freedom. The inspiration behind is the change in the world. It’s like addressing issues with music,” he informs.

He is also venturing into the Indian market with his bar franchise, Apache’s Bar.

“I have bars in the UK. I’m trying to bring my whole concept here in Bombay and in Delhi. It’s like a franchise idea,” he says.

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