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October 22: Remember the date when reggae rage will take over the city

The music, the vibes, the atmosphere makes it a perfect place for reggae lovers. Get set for an evening dedicated to reggae music at Champa Gali, Saket.

hollywood Updated: Oct 22, 2016 09:21 IST
Ruchika Garg
Ruchika Garg
Hindustan Times
Reggae,BegumX,Samara Chopra
Samara Chopra and Taru Dalmia at Champa Gali. (Mohit Kapil )

It took them a year to raise funds and get the components together to build this handmade reggae sound system, in a frequency that could even vibrate the human body. And now, Bass Foundation Root Sound System is all set to perform for Delhiites at Champa Gali, in Saket, this evening.

The crew of this sound system comprises Begum X (Samara Chopra) and Delhi Sultanate (Taru Dalmia) — who sing and play music as DJ. “It’s always been my dream to have my own sound system. It gives us the freedom to organise our own events outside of commercial club music nights.

Reggae music has to be heard and felt over a good sound system,” says Dalmia. He adds, “The speaker design of the system is developed in Jamaica and is one of only three Jamaican- style hand built reggae sound systems in the subcontinent.”

Reggae music lovers groove to the beats. (Mohit Kapil )

The group wants to promote reggae among people here, and have kept the entry free. They say that response for this music genre has been overwhelming so far. Dalmia says, “I think reggae music is very accessible. Even if you don’t understand the lyrics, you will still understand the vibe and message of the songs.”

Many of the AR Rahman songs also have reggae- inspired rhythm and music. On being asked how Dalmia developed interest in reggae, he explains, “I spent part of my childhood as an immigrant in Germany at a time when hip-hop and reggae music were very popular. I have a deep love and passion for it. Raggae talks about history, politics and colonialism, and musically felt warm an empowering.”

Reggae music lovers groove to the beats. (Mohit Kapil )


WHAT: BFR Sound System at Champa Gali

WHERE: Champa Gali, Lane 3, Westend Marg, Saket

WHEN: October 22

TIMINGS: 5pm to 10pm


First Published: Oct 22, 2016 09:21 IST