21st Century Silk Road
Kissmet (2)

Kissmet is a UK based world music band that has taken traditional Punjabi folk music (Bhangra) from the fields of Northern India and fused it seamlessly with western Rock music with influences from Led Zeppelin, Cream and Hendrix. It is the vision of two Indian Sikh brothers, born and brought up within the multicultural melting pot of the UK with a very traditional Eastern upbringing in a very Western social environment. As children, their parents ran the local Indian cinema so at home, they were learning all about Indian music but, by day they were listening to western Rock music at school with their English friends. Subliminally, they were being exposed to music from the East and West on a daily basis and there was no difference from listening to Mohammed Rafi and Fateh Ali Khan as there was to Genesis or The Police. When it came to learning to play and writing their own songs, they realised that they could use elements from the East and West equally to make each song something very special.

This cross cultural inception coupled with the energy generated by Bhangra and Rock, meant the band had something spectacular and unique in their hands. Not only does the band have the ability to play Bhangra and Rock with Raags too, they also sing in English, Punjabi, Hindi and Sanskrit. That’s how they sound but another impact they have is their image. The three Indians are Brothers and traditional Sikhs who wear their Turbans with pride. The other musicians are Caucasian Westerners so not only are there a mixes of languages and styles being performed, there’s also a fantastic mix of colours, creeds and religions on stage, all working harmoniously to create that truly unique vision and sound.
The band has now played across Europe, in South America and Asia to enthusiastic audiences who love the interaction and exposure to new way of the world. Everywhere they go, Kissmet spreads the belief that it does not matter what language you sing in or the style of music you use; what is most importance is the positive vibe and energy that can be generated by making people of all faiths, nations, backgrounds, colours and creeds work together to create something powerful, infectious and memorable. Fusing Bhangra and Rock together, they’re making something you’ve never heard before but want to hear again and again.

Previous gigs have seen them give headline performances in the Rainforests of Borneo, on the Main Stage at WOMAD UK, Salento (Italy), Kiev (the Ukraine), Prague (Czech Republic), Helsinki (Finland), Goa, Oslo (Norway), Gdynia (Poland), Mexico City & Guadalajara (Mexico), Belfast (Ireland), London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Dublin, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow (UK)…

Organisations and acts they have worked with include WOMAD, The Rainforest World Music Festival, The BBC, The Rock for People Festival, Edinburgh Hogmanay, Summer Sundae Larmer Tree Festival, Manu Chao, Nitin Sawhney, Adnan Sami, Asian Dub Foundation, Massive Attack, Dreadzone, Dhol Foundation, Afrocelts, Baka Beyond, Salsa Celtica, The Doves, Madness, Fat Boy Slim, Transglobal Underground, Natasha Atlas…

Think of it this way: English, Punjabi, Hindi, Sanskrit, drums, tabla, harmonium, keyboards, guitar, thumbi, bass, dhol, ragas, rock, bhangra, funk, turbans, etchkins, all thrown into the global melting pot called KISSMET…

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