In November, 2008, a common friend introduced Sukhmani Malik and Hari Singh Jaaj to each other. Just two weeks after the duo met each other is when they performed for the first time. Hari and Sukhmani have been creating fresh and diverse music ever since. By fusing traditional Punjabi folk music with ambient electronica, they have created a unique sound that sprinkles euphoria into the ears of their listeners. Having appeared on several shows such as, The Dewarists, Coke Studio, Fox Traveller’s Sound Trek, etc, Hari and Sukhmani have become an integral part of India’s indie music community.
The songs we create evolve over time and it would be difficult to put it under one particular genre. It’s folk, it’s electronic and it has musical influences from all over the world.”
Influences that bred uniqueness
The influences of an array of artists that range from Michael Jackson and Madonna to Ali Farka Toure and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan have made their music truly unique. They’ve been inspired by many musicians from different cultures, they say that it’s hard to premeditate a genre when working on a song. The duo goes on to say, “The songs we create evolve over time and it would be difficult to put it under one particular genre. It’s folk, it’s electronic and it has musical influences from all over the world.”
Experiences that last a lifetime
Although they have achieved success in music, and been on several hit TV and radio broadcasts, the musicians claim their stand out achievement is the fact that they have stuck together as a team and continuously evolved as artists. They are grateful and appreciative, nevertheless, of their opportunities to participate in internationally viewed TV and radio programs that have made their music appreciated in several other parts of the world. All in all, the musicians say that they worked with some absolutely fabulous artists from different fields, which was an enriching experience for them.
Our aim is to present a more evolved production and sound, while performing more at festivals around the world.”
The universe rewards the bold and valiant
Moving on, Hari and Sukhmani want to take their passion to a new level while travelling the world and sharing their unique sound of music at the same time. They say, “Our aim is to present a more evolved production and sound, while performing more at festivals around the world.” The talented musicians also want their fans to have easy access to their music and will be uploading new tracks that are available for free download. The uniqueness in their music and their determination to follow their heart has taken them to a state of worldwide recognition that many musicians haven’t achieved yet. Their message is simple; be bold, stay passionate, and the universe will do its part to reward you.