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Playlist: Apache Indian

Following the news that he had been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year Honours List 2021, we asked Apache Indian to make us a playlist. Tune in.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 15 Jan 2021
  • min read

Apache Indian, real name Steven Kapur, is best known for fusing musical elements of bhangra, reggae and pop.

Kapur enjoyed a string of hits singles including Arranged Marriage, Don Raja and perhaps most famously Boom Shak-A-Lak, which featured on the Dumb and Dumber soundtrack.

More recently, the Birmingham-born artist has been touring and producing music, as well as inspiring youngsters through the AIM Music Academy, based in Handsworth. A non-profit organisation, AIM was borne out of the 53-year-old's frustration with the lack of safe positive spaces for kids in the area.

Kapur was awarded a BEM for services to music and young people in the New Year Honours List 2021. On receiving the BEM, he said he was ‘speechless’ and ‘absolutely honoured’ by the award.

We asked Apache Indian to make us a playlist for the weekend. Tune in.

Buju Banton - Not An Easy Road

This playlist has to start with a reggae classic with some real words from the reggae legend himself. An Artist that inspired me from day one over 30 years ago and continues to do so to the current day! Reggae/ragga/dancehall at its best.

Young T & Bugsy feat. Headie One - Don’t Rush

Something current and fresh released in 2020!  I love the simplicity, melodies and production on this tune! UK rap - hot off the press!

All Stars - The Voices of Sweet Jamaica

Absolutely LOVE this song celebrating all things Jamaican by a range of reggae legends including Coco T, Josey Wales, Barrington Levy & Shaggy. You have to check out the video! Showing unity in music and we should never lose it!

Ed Sheeran – The A Team

Another very Special song, and powerful video!  Inspired me in many ways, especially for what it represents. Total respect to the main man himself. Always wanted to collab! Any chance Ed? If you don’t ask…

Apache Indian - Stronger

This is my favourite song taken off my own recent album What’s Not To Love, produced by Jay Productions in London during lockdown to bring strength in difficult times. Taken off one of my own personal favourite album’s EVER!

Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved

What a great song! What a great chorus! Brilliantly sung and delivered by an amazing band. Turn it UP and sing along. I practice my vocals to this song. She will be loved.

Panjabi MC feat. Jay-Z - Beware

Ground breaking fusion of Bhangra, hip-hop, Punjabi and rap that took the world by storm by two legends in their respective genres! Maximum reeespects!!

Bob Marley - Three Little Birds

Magical, inspiring and truly evergreen! No playlist is complete without a song from the ultimate greatest reggae legend of all time! Spreading love and inspiration forever more.

George Ezra - Budapest

Different genre, different vibe! An artist that has a very unique style that is refreshing and stands out.  There’s so much depth and spirit in his voice, delivering great lyrics with energy and passion every time.

UB40 - One in Ten

I’m a proud Brummie so I’m gonna end with a true classic that inspired me as a teenager from the incredible UB40! Celebrating the diversity of a great city, taking it to the world and inspiring artists like myself to be free through music!