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British musician Troyboi reveals he’s half-Indian, his mom grew up in Kolkata

On his maiden visit to India, British musician Troyboi talks about his Indian origin, says his concerts in India are his way of giving back to the country which has influenced his music so much.

music Updated: Jul 22, 2017 17:16 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
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British musician Troyboi will perform in Mumbai on July 22 and end his maiden India visit in Bengaluru on July 23.

For British musician Troy Henry aKa Troyboi, who made a name for himself with the global hit, Do You Love Me, performing in India is his way of “giving back to one of his motherlands”. The 29-year-old reveals that he is half-Indian, since his mother, Connie Henry, was born and brought up in India..

“I am really excited to perform in India, because it’s like a homecoming for me. My mother is Indian, and she was born in Kolkata. I have a lot of memories of visiting India when I was a kid. That’s why, shows in India make it 100 times more special,” says Troyboi, a self confessed Bollywood addict and “a huge Amitabh Bachchan fan.

”After having performed in Delhi and Mumbai, Troy finishes the India leg of his ‘Mantra’ tour with a concert in Bengaluru tomorrow. “My mother was super happy, when I told her that I was going to perform here. She said I was making her proud,” says Troy. “I am part Nigerian-Portuguese, but my Indian origin shows in my music as well. A lot of sound that I use has Indian musical instruments like the tablas or the sitar in it,” adds the singer who performed in the Capital on Friday, in front of 2,000 people at a local club. Apart from his special connection with India, another reason which he thinks will make his India gigs special is— the “crazy” fans. “Every time I put up a new song, or share something on Facebook or Twitter, a lot of fans from India always would comment things like ‘When are you going to come to India’, and they will send their love. There are some crazy fans here, and I wanted to personally be with them and play music in front of them, and see how they like it,” he says

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First Published: Jul 22, 2017 17:16 IST