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On a different beat

DJ Tushqa and percussionist T2 present a slice of experiential music

PHOTO: MOHD YOUSUF

DRUM `N' BEAT DJ Tushqa spins for the experiential do

After disc jockeying solos mostly churning hip hop tracks and a few commercial numbers in between and the few and far in between live gigs featuring international acts Hyderabad now wakes up to yet another genre. Read experiential music, courtesy Bacardi. Launched in May at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Bacardi B-Live is an experiment in artiste collaboration. For the city tour recently at Bottles & Chimney, the do featured a unique jamming with DJ Tushqa and percussionist T2 ensuring the BPM and taal went just fine.

More about the artistes, DJ Tushqa is the resident DJ for Bacardi. He has remixed Suicide Blonde for INXS apart from opening for international deejays. A crooner, his cover Dance Like a Punjabi is scorching music charts. His kind of music, "is hard and deep house," he says. Vibhas Rahul a.k.a T2 is better known by the latter short. He has collaborated with noted musicians such as Vishal Sekhar and Preetham as session artist and has toured with K K, Bombay Vikings and Asha Bhonsle. Watch out for his work in Dhoom 2. For the event he brought together, "contemporary Latin stuff. Congo, cymbals and more on a drum and beats theme," he says.

The opening act by DJ Phalgun featuring popular funky house numbers was followed by the duo with their `free spirited' music. Freedie Mercury and Jamelia met Latino rhythms in the non-stop beat parade.

The masquerade theme to go with the gig, which is actually a forerunner to the mega do at Hitex Grounds this weekend featuring Grammy nominee Gary Lucas and others, was as infectious as the music with revellers bopping around with their masks.

If the earlier B-Live events featured Chaka Khan, DJ Dimitri and Los Amigos, the city tour promises an equally promising lineup.

Here's looking forward for more experiential music.

SYEDA FARIDA

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