Posted on October 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm

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Canadian hip-hop group A-SLAM have collaborated with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Gurdarshan ‘Gary’ Mangat for the release of A-SLAM’s debut music video entitled “Back Down”.

The fast-paced video features A-SLAM showcasing their music talents alongside Gary Mangat, the first Sikh featherweight to hold an MMA belt, showcasing his athletic talents. In addition to sharing a hometown of Vancouver, A-SLAM and Gary Mangat united for the “Back Down” music video under a common thread of pursuing one’s dreams. While A-SLAM is trying to break in to the music industry, Gary is on his own mission to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and to become the first Sikh UFC fighter in the process.

A-SLAM is a JUNO Nominated artist, DJ, and production team who specialize in “fusion Hip-Hop”, mixing the popular genre with South Asian, Latin, and Electronic influences. In addition to opening in Canada for some of the biggest names in urban and South Asian music including Jay Sean, Fat Joe, Apache Indian and Raghav, A-SLAM have toured Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and even performed for over 40,000 people at Ottawa’s 2011 Canada Day celebrations.

After feature appearances on major Bollywood releases in India including “Twist and Shout” by Taz and “American Desi” by DJ Sanj, A-SLAM’s debut album, also titled “Back Down”, will be released later this month. As for the single, “Back Down” showcases music by DJ ExxQuiZiT, vocals by “E.V.”, Reminisce, Nick Thalari, and FAZE. The video was shot and edited by Sun Gill.

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