Alan Parboji is the lead vocalist of the local band Shanti Uprising, possibly the only band in Winnipeg fusing modern and vintage Bollywood with Indo-Caribbean and neo-classical Hindustani music. The band even covers Rahat's Bollywood hits.
What was your first reaction when you heard Khan was coming?
My first reaction to Rahat coming was sheer shock and amazement! Like anyone who finds out that one of their favorite performers is coming to their hometown, you want to get the best ticket possible. I had a hard time believing it until I went to a local grocery store and saw a massive poster of him on the front of the door. I stood there for a while reading it as people where walking in and out. Yes I got a couple weird stares, but I was making sure the tour date was for real and it was, Winnipeg, Wed May 25th @ Pantages Theatre! I basically went and asked for the best seat possible. They had 5th row for $125.00 So I bought 4. Now that number has ballooned to 13 family and friends!
Rahat is know for singing Qawwali music. How would you describe that?
Qawwali is devotional music of the Sufi's sung in the Urdu/Persian language, I myself don't understand it, but the sound fringes on East Indian music, so that's where my interest comes in.
How has Rahat personally inspired you?
Rahat's music is very unique in that, he's so technically gifted. It's not the kind of music you want to sing along to,not that most of us can All you want to do is sit back and appreciate what his voice and the songs have to offer everyone, and savour the moment if you ever have the privilege to hear him live
My appreciation also stems from being a singer myself. I am a part of an East Indian band called Shanti Uprising and our band has done some Rahat covers. We are a new band, just recently assembled and our next performance to the general public will be at the Indian pavilion for Folkorama.
What is the scene in Winnipeg like, for the kind of music you do?
Outside of our band I don't think there is anyone. So we are in high demand because of that. The community loves the fact that we have great knowledge, and chemistry with each other. So it's refreshing to see this in there city.
What are you most looking forward to tonight?
Well,the majority of the people going to the concert are going to want to hear his Bollywood hits, I think that's what the younger crowd is anticipating, and there's the crowd who want to here the more traditional folk tunes, but I'm sure he will do a good job of pleasing all his fans tonight.
I'm looking forward not only to see him, but to see a packed house and all the support we can show him here in WPG so we leave a long lasting impression on him to return in the near future.
Shanti Uprising. Alan Parboji far left (Shanti Uprising)
In the spring of 2011, Shanti Uprising took its first breath and, in doing so, breathed exciting new life into contemporary south-Asian music. Blending both modern and vintage Bollywood with Indo-Caribbean and neo-classical Hindustani fusion, this Indo-Canadian collective creates an energetic and memorable musical experience that stirs both the heart, and the hips.