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The consensus on Remaking Bhangra Classics

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The topic we’ve highlighted has been discussed in depth with some harsh posts on social networks. The ugly argument has reared its head again. Should producers and singers re-release and rework classic Punjabi Folk anthems?

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The topic we’ve highlighted has been discussed in depth with some harsh posts on social networks. The ugly argument has reared its head again. Should producers and singers re-release and rework classic Punjabi Folk anthems?

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It’s not the first time someone has remade a Surjit Bindrakhia song and probably isnt the last. We’ve seen Baljit Malwa and Nirmal Sidhu alongside DJ Harvey all have a go on the merry go round, some more successful and creative than others. DJ Sanj and Jay Status have been accused of jumping on the wagon, but have they really committed a crime against music? Everyone is well versed on the legendary track by Surjit Bindrakhia titled “Mukhda Dekh Ke“, an iconic figure, voice and track that has been with us for many a decade.

DJ Sanj had earlier released the refixed track as a free download to showcase Jay Status‘ talent. The track merged Deep Cold’s dirty south rapping with Wiz Khalifa’sBlack and Yellow” instrumental. In our honest opinion the refix was a good concept as a free download fusing a variety of musical pieces into one funky punjabi pop single. We can also recall that DJ Intense gave ‘Mukhada‘ his very own desi refix to the track prior to the release of the official DJ Sanj version. The question is was it worthy of a release as a standalone single?

Our Twitterfeed was buzzing in anger as you can judge from the quotes below:

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We thought it would only be fair if we got in touch with both artists involved to get their side of the story –

DJ Sanj:

The idea was to start something in the underground hype for Jay. We had such a massive response with over 20000 free downloads. We decided to do a Desi release to give justice to it.

Jay Status:

While Sanj and I were messing around in the studio we recorded a lot of my favourite songs in my own style. One of them being Surjit Bhindrakhia’s Mukhada.

Sanj made a bootleg version and added Deep Cold on it. we liked it so much we decided to test the waters and give it away as a free bootleg after the success of the Silli Silli bootleg. we were amazed at the response. it was so overwhelming when I was told that we reached somewhere like 20,000 downloads. Sanj and Moviebox decided it would be great to do an Official Release with a video to give back to the fans that supported me very early on.

Do I think I have done justice, well I can’t really answer that but I think the thousands of people who downloaded and loved the bootleg version have answered that question and today everyone gets a chance to voice their opinion on this new desi version.

What’s your view on the track having heard the opinion of the audience and the artists? Have you or will you be purchasing it off iTunes?

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