Mixtaped! 023 with Amrit Kumar (NorBlack NorWhite/WETHEPPL) - @NORBLKNORWHITE
I love Amrit Kumar…. & if you meet her, you will love her too! I remember meeting her for the first time back in 2011 through our common friend Shivraj Shanthakumar (RIP Postman) & they used to drop by Bonobo a lot back then, when I was the resident DJ there. Shivraj & his crew (Amrit, Doc Saab, Karthik, Kunal, Monica & many more “Bandra-desh-premees”) were a lot of fun as they would turn up on the bleakest weeknights at Bonobo & just turn the empty dancefloor into a playground of BIG FUN! This little lady has all the right moves & energy to light up any party space. Besides being an ace party rocker at nights, Amrit Kumar is busy hustling in her day time as one half of fashion label & art house, NorBlack NorWhite. Along with her friend Mriga Kapadiya, Amrit has been running NorBlack NorWhite from Bombay since they moved here from Toronto in 2009. Over the years, the label has got props & they have earned their stripes, creating good hype in the national & international fashion scenes. You could read more about NorBlack NorWhite in these recent articles by Wild City & Homegrown. Amrit is also a part of the broader WETHEPPL collective, a creative family dealing with ideas & experiments in art, architecture, education, food, fashion, technology, film & music. After a lot of mentions/recommendations by previous Mixtaped! guest performers, I’m happy to announce Amrit as this week’s host & DJ. Despite her busy schedule, she took some time out to answer our usual 5 questions….
1) What is your name?
2) Best known for….
I am one half of NorBlack NorWhite (fashion label + art house) + one of the founding members of WETHEPPL (design + idea + experimentation collective).
Also…. I LOVE TO DANCE, sums up my relationship with music. Nothing makes me more happy, than a dope dance party!
3) What can we expect from you this Wednesday?
A mashup of some funk, RnB, HipHop and Reggae…and anything else that will make folks jam out and sweat and grind and bang the walls and maybe some towels in the air.
Jumping from Nina Simone to a bit of Tribe - some Beres Hammond and a dash of Mariah Carey.
AND DEFINITELY some MJ (obviously!)
Wait! And some Kanye and Drake…cause I love them! <3
4) Which has been the most influential mixtape and/or album in your life?
Dance Mix ‘93 - that shit was cray-cray and the first cassette I ever bought with the little bit of money I had at that age.
Fugees, The Score - always EPIC.
Erykah Badu, Baduizm - never gets old, just better with every listen.
5) Who would you like to listen to as a featured artist in any of the upcoming Mixtaped! sessions?
Kunal Lodhia (GRD/WETHEPPL)
Munbir Chawla (WildCity)
Doctor Saab (WETHEPPL)
Click here to listen to microlist023 compiled by Amrit Kumar. microlists are 8 track playlists/samplers compiled in advance by the featured personality performing at Mixtaped! each week. Here is the track list….
- Beres Hammond - If Love So Nice
- Nina Simone - Funkier than Mosquito’s Tweeter
- Chaka Khan - I Feel for You
- Nazia Hassan - Boom Boom
- Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy
- Michael Jackson - Rock With You
- Salt-N-Pepa - Shoop
- Kevin Lyttle - Turn Me On
For more information on Amrit Kumar, visit:-
Facebook Fan Page:- http://www.facebook.com/norblacknorwhite
Catch Amrit Kumar do her thing on Wednesday, February 12th 2014 at Mixtaped! - 9pm onwards at The Den (Bandra, MUMBAI) - Click here to RSVP to the FB event page.
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