The Ska Vengers is a new Delhi based band who blend ‘ska’ rhythms with elements of dub, punk, jazz and rap to come up with a form of music that is refreshingly different, energetic and highly danceable.
Keys man, Stefan Kaye rounded up a few of his musician friends to form the band in the fall of 2009, and the band has settled to include ‘The Late’ Nikhil Vasudevan on drums, Tony Guinard on bass, Delhi Sultanate on lead vocals along with Begum X and Chaz Bhalla on guitar.
The Ska Vengers play very much for the moment as carefully worked out structures are at times elongated and receive dub treatment and Delhi Sultanate’s unique and highly rhythmic patois provides a suitable foil to Samara’s full throttle vocal delivery. It is the band’s highly dance oriented originals which are gaining plaudits from critics and feet moving with fans.
The band released their debut album at the end of 2012, and soon became a landmark album in the Indian music scene, and are widely considered to be one of the most exciting and relevant live musical acts coming out of India.
In April 2012, the band staged the largest rock concert to be held in an Indian prison, performing for 2,000 prisoners at Asia’s largest jail, Tihar. They made the news again with a song and video they released to coincide with the Indian General election ‘Modi, a Message to You’. In 2015, their animated video ‘Frank Brazil’ – commemorating the death anniversary of Indian freedom fighter Udham Singh – was nominated at the VH1 Europe Music Awards in the international artist category. The Ska Vengers released their second critically acclaimed album titled XX (pronounced as “Double Cross”) in 2016.
Following their release of XX, the band have toured the UK extensively and played to rapt audiences at festivals like Womad, Boomtown Fair, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness Festival, London Mela, Lovebox, Bestival, Notting Hill Carnival.