This video went viral years ago, but if you missed it, you’re in for a treat. And if you didn’t miss it, read this post anyway- you may learn something you didn’t know!
About The Video
According to Wikipedia, mankind’s most reliable/unreliable source for information ever, this video was taken after Taj had finished playing for a wedding, and some of the attendees suggested she improvise to some modern songs.
Not only was the request granted, but it was recorded, and posted on Youtube, where millions of people from all around the world watched it, and were amazed by the talent of the young woman- who I just realized was only about 16 years old when this video was taken!
Why It’s Here
First, if you can’t already tell, I have an immense respect and regard for music. My experiences have shown me that not only can music be a great teacher, but it can also serve as a remarkable cultural ambassador.
Before seeing this video, I knew what bhangra was, but I had no idea what a dhol was, and I’m willing to bet that many others who saw the video were in the same situation. But I remember after I watched it, I looked up the instrument, and learned about its history, and other musical styles it was used in. I searched youtube for bhangra artists, and built a pretty extensive playlist.
A year later, when I had a new roommate who actually knew Punjabi, she was surprised to hear my music (which was on shuffle) go from rap to bhangra, and we had a pretty cool dialogue on it.
In a day when people for some reason get so uncomfortable discussing ethnicity and race, music opens up a door for us to learn about each other, and videos like this one are just spurring the process along.
But I’m getting off topic, so in conclusion, YOU GO, GIRL!
Enjoy the video below, and tell me- what is your favorite style of music?