Basement Bhangra was packed on August 4th. While this Thursday night party is normally filled with people getting their bhangra on, this time, it was literally overflowing. Earlier on the 4th, Malkit Singh performed at Lincoln Center and then took his after party to DJ Rekha’s Basement Bhangra.
Malkit Singh addresses the crowd at Basement Bhangra (Photo Credit: Navneet Singh)
During his Lincoln Center performance, a Cambodian band by the name of Dengue Fever opened for Malkit Singh. Singh began his performance with dharmik geets influenced by Sufi and Sikh music as a way to thank God. He then performed some of his classics, including “Gur Nali Ishq Mitha,” “Mithe Ganne,” and “Bhangra Paun Nu Ji Karda.”
Here’s what spectator Jesse Malik had to say about the show: “Throughout Dengue Fever, the crowd remained in their seats. But when Malkit Singh started, the audience rushed to the front of the stage and aisles and started dancing. The security there could not get them back to their seats. It was a very high-energy environment. The crowd was begging for an encore when he finished. It was definitely a great time.”
That same high-energy could be felt at Basement Bhangra later that night. The crowd was buzzing with anticipation. Finally, when Malkit Singh hopped on stage, the crowd went wild, begging him for an impromptu performance. Finally, Malkit Singh obliged and performed some crowd favorites, ending with “Tutak Tutak Tutiya.” Everyone sang and danced along and was extremely sad when Malkit Singh had to say his goodbyes.
Make sure to check out Basement Bhangra on the first Thursday of every month.
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