There are many Punjabi cultural organisations outside of India that have been working to keep the Punjabi culture alive in stranger lands. There have been Punjabi music groups and singers who made their name in international market. On the other hand there have been a number of instrumental and Bhangra groups that rose in the times. One extremely popular group is Gurcharan Mall’s Dhol Blasters from Birmingham, UK.
Gurcharan Mall, Now widely known as King G Mall, started Dhol Blasters back in 1991. G Mall also has been a key member of Apna Sangeet, Nachdey Hasdey, Nachda Sansaar, Bhangra Blasters & Band Baja.
He has many accolades and awards to his name with the recent awards including N.R.I – Pravasi Bhartuya Divas Award India, Glory of India Award, N.R.I – Hind Rattan Award India, House of Commons – Punjabi Cultural award, ITV – Arts Leadership Midlander of the year, Community Excellence Award (BCABA), and Best Dholi from Panjabi Academy Leicester Plus world records – 314 Dholis, 632 Dholis & 42hrs/53hrs Dholathon.
The Dhol Blasters are a Dhol team and comprise of male/female Dholis in a huge number that play Dhol together. Their events are organised indoors, outdoors in processions, Festivals & weddings. The Dhol Blasters have taken on numerous assignments around the world and have enthralled audiences of all types with their rhythmic and intricate drumming routines. The group have released more than 9 albums, for some they have even received Platinum & Gold discs . The music albums are full of ethnic music and culture, which they want to share with the rest of the world.
Some of their greatest achievements are playing with UB40 at the 2005 Africa Live 8 concert. Their entry was small, but was an honor for Bhangra music. They have also got enlisted in the Guinness Book of World Records by simultaneously playing the Dhol for for 12 minutes and 42 seconds on, Saturday 2nd May 2009.
Video of Dhol Blasters performing with UB40
Dhol Blasters with UB40
Gurcharan Mall greeting the Queen
Dhol Blasters with James Brown– oh i feel good… now
Dhol Blasters Guinness Book of World Records
Dhol Blasters UK (2116)