Apache Indian

Genres: Urban
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Steven Kapur, 11 May 1967, Birmingham, West Midlands, England. The ‘Don Raja’ of UK Asian raggamuffin, Apache Indian came to represent a cross-cultural fusion of musics that both baffled and excited pundits and punters alike in the mid-90s.

Apache Indian grew up in Handsworth, Birmingham, in the 70s - an era when the city was being celebrated as a kind of UK reggae melting pot through the efforts of Steel Pulse, and others, whose Handsworth Revolution album first put it on the musical map. Although he was of Indian parentage, Apache associated with reggae sound systems in the early 80s, sporting dreadlocks and an abiding love of Bob Marley. By the mid-80s, locks trimmed to a sharp fade, he was known locally on the mic as a dancehall rapper, and in 1990 he cut his first single, ‘Movie Over India’, as a white label, later picked up by UK reggae distributors Jet Star. A compelling, catchy ragga tune, with a few elements of...

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