The Bollywood Brass Band is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, playing the great tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood.
The band has performed all over the world – in venues, at festivals, and for Indian weddings in the UK, Norway, India, Thailand and South Africa. The BBB is versatile, playing both amplified stage sets and in a street formation, and they are equally at home headlining a festival or delivering exciting workshops in schools.
Repertoire covers classics from the Golden Age of Bollywood up to current hits and stage shows can feature Bollywood film clips or a dancer to get your audience up and dancing.
With brass, saxophone, dhol drums and a colossal sousaphone, the BBB is one of the most colourful, joyful and exhilarating acts around.
WORLD MUSIC & JAZZ FESTIVALS
Rudolstadt Festival – Germany, Rio Loco – Toulouse, St Mark’s Square – Venice carnival, Festival de la Merce – Barcelona, Sziget Festival – Budapest, Roskilde, Festival – Denmark, Kaustinen Festival – Finland, Tulip Festival – Canada, Druga Godba Festival -Slovenia, Oslo Mela – Norway, Berchidda Festival – Sardinia, Festival Octobre en Normandie
Purcell Room, London, Wychwood Festival, WOMAD UK, London Mela
BBC Blue Peter Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, Schools Prom Royal Albert Hall, London, Bridgewater Hall – Manchester, Thames Festival – London, Family Orchestra, BBC Proms, Glastonbury Festival
STREET ARTS FESTIVALS
Les Accroches Coeurs – France, Kultursommer am Rhein
Fashion show finale – Delhi, Oslo Opera House – Norway, Ignite! – Olympic Stadium, Sydney
SONGLINES - Trumpets and soprano saxophones blast out popular tunes and current or classic Hindi film hits, backed by drum-kit, raucous trombones, [and] improbably funky sousaphone bass-line …as popular as chicken tikka masala - Punjabi flavours and locally available ingredients mixed with Anglo-Saxon ingenuity.
THE INDIPENDENT - One of the weekend's indisputable highlights (WOMAD's 10th Anniversary) was London's Bollywood Band who, despite reeling under the weight of tubas and Indian dhol drums, turned out to be a Jack in the Box like bundle of 11 cavorting musicians intent on blasting the genre into the 21st century.
ARTSWORLD - The Bollywood Brass Band is one of the rare examples of Western contemporary culture being influenced by the East. 'It is also, beyond the sheer fun and pleasure of their performances, a genuine functioning example of cultural exchange between peoples living in the UK. (In its wealth and variety it is without parallel in Europe) 'They take their inspiration from Bollywood blockbusters and translate them into their own unmistakable style. It's a noisy mixture between Indian and European, Jazz and Latino, set to the bhangra beat, with saxes, trumpets, trombones, sousaphone, snare and bass drums, and the ubiquitous tabla and dhol drums. '…a truly exhilarating, rambunctious affair, with hypnotic Punjabi drumming, wailing soprano sax, Qawwalis, extracts from Bollywood films on a video screen in the background, and a band which obviously and noisily enjoyed themselves - and so did the audience'
FOLKROOTS - 'Bursting with energy and style … Sound track to the summer
GLOBALVILLAGEIDIOT.NET - A.R. Rahman is one of the great modern Indian composers, and this second CD from the Bollywood Brass band certainly does his music justice, with some fabulously stirring arrangements, and great dhol playing to back up the brass. They know when to rage, and when to hold back, and they offer a new perspective on the music which is familiar from many films. Add to that four excellent remixes, and you've got an instant classic to keep the senses boiling and smiling. Absolutely stunning!
FOLK WORLD - If you like brass based folk and world music, you should give the Bollywood Brass Band a try. This is a magnificent and impressive album.'
THE SUNDAY TIMES - CLIVE DAVIS - As traditional as bhangra and chips, some purists might say, but the repertoire of the Bollywood Brass Band forms a vibrant bridge between east and west. A multiracial set of strolling players, they have found a niche as Asian wedding specialists, as well as venturing onto the international festival circuit. Their new project nimbly plugs into the craze for over-the-top song-and-dance, Hindu-style: think of it, if you like, as a curtain-raiser for Rahman's forthcoming musical, Bombay Dreams. Irreverent, perspiring, kitsch-free and and never dull, the arrangements are the rumbustious, Ealing Rd equivalent of New Orleans's Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
THE TIMES - NIGEL WILLIAMSON - This is a timely release given the fact that A. R. Rahman - to whose music this album is a tribute - is about to hit the West End next month as the composer of Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest blockbuster, Bombay Dreams. Back in India, Rahman is the biggest name in Bollywood, and the London-based Bollywood Brass Band have hit upon the ingenious idea of arranging a dozen of his best-known film tunes for their eight-piece brass ensemble. They are supported by a thunderous percussion section, but the melodies cavort with a playful inventiveness that reflects Rahman's compositional versatility. As bold and brash as you could wish.