John DobsonComment

FRANK BRAZIL BY THE SKA VENGERS

John DobsonComment
FRANK BRAZIL BY THE SKA VENGERS

An easy way to grab our attention here at IBWM is to lean round the office door and say something like "Have you heard this ska band from New Delhi?"

Here, we have a ska band from New Delhi. Fusing traditional ska with the sounds and rhythms of their home country, they've created something unique.
Having previously hit the heights with 'A Message To You Modi', you get the impression of where their sentiments lie. The new single is Frank Brazil and was released on July 31 with the accompanying video which itself is a work of art. The release date was significant as it was the 75th anniversary of the execution at Pentonville of Udham Singh, Indian revolutionary and the man that shot Michael O'Dwyer dead, ostensibly in revenge for the Jallinwala Bagh (Amritsar) massacre, where hundreds of unarmed, non-violent protestors were shot dead by the British.
At his trial, Singh told the court "I did it because I had a grudge against him. He deserved it. He was the real culprit. He wanted to crush the spirit of my people, so I have crushed him. For full 21 years, I have been trying to wreak vengeance. I am happy that I have done the job. I am not scared of death. I am dying for my country. I have seen my people starving in India under the British rule. I have protested against this, it was my duty. What a greater honour could be bestowed on me than death for the sake of my motherland?"

Buy that for a dollar. And follow the band on Twitter @theskavengers