Inspired by the roots and groove sounds of the Blues, Rock, Soul, Rock "N" Roll, Funk and R&B, Soulmate was formed in Shillong, in October 2002 when Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar decided to form a band dedicated to playing the Blues and spreading awareness about this important genre of music. Since then have played numerous gigs all over India and abroad. In 2011 they played in the US selling out two shows at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC during the Maximum India Festival, did a successful 4 city tour of Norway, played alongside John Mayall at the Jakarta Blues Festival and most recently alongside Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and John Lee Hooker Jr, Robert Randolph Jr at the Mahindra Blues Festival 2012 and Matt Schofield, Johnny Lang and Shemika Copeland at the Mahindra Blues Festival in Mumbai 2011.
In the past Soulmate have toured the USA playing in Memphis TN, Brown University- Rhode Island & Colorado and were twice semi finalists at the 23rd & 26th International Blues Challenge. They have performed in France (Disneyland, Paris), Germany (Baltic Blues Festival 2012), Sweden (Gothenburg and Monsteras Roots and Blues Festival 2012), Singapore (Mosaic Music Festival), Dubai (Du World Music Festival), Indonesia (Jakarta Blues Festival 2010/2011) Bhutan and Kathmandu (Jazzmandu-2004/ 2005/ 2008).
Soulmate have recorded two albums thus far, ”Shillong” and “Moving On” and are in the process of putting down songs for their next one.
Anyone with an interest in the western music scene in India will recognize guitar player/ singer/ songwriter, Rudy Wallang, who leads this tight knit musical unit.
Born into music, he grew up listening to his father Toto Wallang making music and he started singing and playing the "ukulele" at a very tender age eventually graduating to the guitar. Today, Rudy is one of the foremost Blues guitar players/ singer/ songwriters in the country with a long musical history having been part of the country’s most well known Blues Rock acts, Great Society & Mojo.
The beautifully talented vocalist and rhythm guitarist of Soulmate is Tipriti "Tips" Kharbangar who has earned a name as one of the finest female singers to have emerged out of Shillong and India as a whole! If there is one thing Tip’s is happy doing it is singing and reflecting this, she vocalizes with a joy and exuberance that is unmatched and original. She has also begun to write songs for the band as well. She started out singing gospel songs at the local church choir and is now drawn to the Blues, Soul and Jazz.
Bands: Soulmate & Lagori
Date: 26th July 2012
Time: 8:15 pm
Venue: Hard Rock Cafe, Bangalore
Lagori makes Indian music with a melodic twist and intensity, but at the same time, filled with total fun and energetic performances. Follow the band and catch them live in your city soon!
Lagori is an eclectic group of musicians with varied musical influences, who have come together to dish out foot tapping, soul stirring music.
Although Lagori draws influences from the flavour of each musician - ranging from Hindustani, Soul, Funk, Rock, Blues and Metal, the end result is a unique sound which at the same time has a tinge of familiarity to it.
While the band uses Hindi/ Kannada to communicate their inspirations and message, the music is something that everyone - despite lingual differences - will understand.
Source: Hard Rock Cafe(India)
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