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Oct 22 2013
Organization: Northern Nights
Contact: Daniel Truckey (dtruckey@nmu.edu)

BlackMahal - Punjabi Hip Hop - Friday, October 25 - Great Lakes

On Friday, Oct. 25, the Northern Nights series offers one of the most original groups in world music when it features a performance by the Punjabi funk hip-hop group, BlackMahal. This concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Don H. Bottum University Center and will be part of Family Weekend at NMU. This year the series will be funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, with support from the Ramada Inn.

Video for BlackMahal, http://youtu.be/MmcEvFvKFbI

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at all EZ ticket outlets, online at www.nmu.edu/tickets or by calling 906-227-1032. Prices are as follows; Students/Kids - $5 adv./$6 door; NMU Faculty/Staff/Seniors 60+ - $13 adv./$15 door; General Public - $18 adv./$20 door.
Rolling Stone magazine has said of BlackMahal, "Their sound is perhaps unlike anything else out there today... Its awesome." Part P-Funk, part Punjabi-Funk, BlackMahal is a San Francisco-based live music experience complete with drums, DJs, horns, hip-hop MCs and the godfather of Punjabi-American music Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti. BlackMahal is steeped in Old California, a Punjabi-American experience that started in the 1890s when the first Punjabi-Americans settled in the Great West and forged a new identity combining elements of Mexican and African-American influence.

BlackMahal also represents the new California feel: hippy hybrid hip-hop and hysterical hi-jinks. BlackMahal has rocked major concerts across North America, including the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and has been featured in Rolling Stone, Wired, The San Francisco Chronicle and rotation on the BBC Radio 1.