A New Discovery for me: Indian Blues Band Soulmate
|Well, once again the Blues Asia Network has introduced me to yet another phenomenal blues band. Based in India, Soulmate features Rudy Wallang (Guitar/Vocals/Songwriter) and Tipriti TIPS Kharbangar (Vocals/Guitar). The combination of Rudy’s tasteful guitar playing and Tipriti’s powerful vocals makes Soulmate a band to be reckoned with.|
Currently Soulmate have released only two albums to date entitled Shillong and Moving On. According to a wikipedia entry:
Soulmate is a north-east India based Blues band, which according to their myspace page “… came together in Shillong, in February 2003 playing their first concert at the ‘Roots Festival at the Water Sports Complex in Umiam. Since then the band has performed many concerts all over The Northeast as well as in different parts of India,Southeast Asia,Europe,The Middle East and The USA. ”
Soulmate gained nationwide recognition and popularity within the Jazz and Blues circles in India after they became the only Blues band to represent the country (Courtesy The Blues Club of India) at the 23rd International Blues Challenge organized by The Blues Foundation of America, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in February 2007. They were semi-finalists and performed at The Rum Boogie Café (Blues Club of The Year) alongside 150 other bands and musicians from all over the world.
You can find out more information about Soulmate at their MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/soulmateshillong