Talvin Singh

Decades: 1990s 2000s


1970, London, England. Talvin Singh is one of the first artists to help bring traditional Indian tabla music to the mainstream, combining it with the rhythmic surges of drum ‘n’ bass. By 1997, he was able to speak in an assured fashion about the historic place and function of traditional Indian music: ‘This has been happening for 15 years. But there’s a different agenda for us now than saying, “Let’s cash in on the Asian sound for the Western scene.” It’s about bringing music to people’s attention which they’ve probably never heard before.’ Head of the Omni Records label, based in south London, Singh is a virtuoso tabla player and an accomplished composer and arranger. As a child he travelled to India’s Punjab region to study percussion with his uncle and grandfather, before becoming immersed in the acid house scene in the late 80s. The arrival of ambient and drum ‘n’ bass music in the early 90s...

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