So now to India for some pop music history! Usha Uthup was raised in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai and she has set the charts alight in India ever since and created those trends in what we now love to call "modern western pop" music .
Before Madonna relaunched her career on the back of a sample, Usha Uthup was already there some 20 years before! Morever she was also one of the first mainstream artists to realise the potential of "renting a rapper" who features on this record in the form of Bappi. Usha is THE disco icon of the 20th Century. She is like royalty in India and Don'tStopThePop! adores her. Utilising all the instruments we have, Ushas records always pushed the boundaries of disco music. The start of the song sounds like the prologue to much of the work presented to the "founder" of disco, G.Moroder.
Besides singing in several Indian languages like Hindi, Punjabi, Bangla, Assamese, Oriya, Khasi, Gujurati, Marathi, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu she also sings in French, German, Italian, Sinhalese, Swahili, Russian, Nepalese, Arabic, Creole, and of course, English.
Usha Uthup now runs a multitrack recording studio in Calcutta. Apart from commercial music she also uses her studio to encourage young talent from all over the country. Which I feel is a far more civilised way of nurturing musical talent than a judgemental tv show.
Posted by Robpop at Thursday, January 19, 2006