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Indian singers thrill South Africans

The 'Bollywood Blast Show' featured singers who performed for a South African audience.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 10:53 IST

Fans of Indian music in South Africa had a blast as they sang and danced along with a group of singers from India who entertained them with Bollywood hits, both old and new.

Billed as the "Bollywood Blast Show", the event was held at the Gandhi Hall in Lenasia, south of here, and featured four singers and a music band from India, "Melody Mania".

The main star was Mukesh Pancholi (a contestant in the music talent show "Indian Idol") but he was given tough competition by Samsuddin Bagela, who was a far better entertainer with his dynamic stage personality.

The show was presented by 23-year-old Mohammed Riyaz Sayed, the newest and youngest show promoter in Gauteng province.

Sayed, who teamed up with Indian promoter Baba Sohel, for the show, said he wanted to provide low-cost, high-quality entertainment to fans of Indian music and planned to bring several more shows here.

Pancholi won applause for his golden oldies sung by such greats as playback singer late Mohammed Rafi, but his fairly static stage personality was far outshone by that of the lively Bagela, who involved the audience in the foot-taping numbers.

Local talent, which Sayed said would always be a feature of his shows, also did well at the show.

Popular veteran singer Bash Hoosen, dubbed the Prince of South African Indian singing, put in a brief appearance and his impromptu song selection was enjoyed by the Indian participants as well as the audience.

A pleasant surprise of the evening was when Bagela invited, Natasha Archary, a presenter at the local Indian community radio station Eastwave 92.2, to join the four Indian singers in their rendition of "Kajra re", the hit song from the film "Bunty Aur Babli".

Although they had not rehearsed it together, Archary, a former dance teacher, did an excellent rendition of Aishwarya Rai's dance from the film 'Bunty Aur Babli'.