Apache

Apache Indian

Steven Kapur (born 11 May 1967), better known by the stage name Apache Indian, is a British singer/song writer and reggae DJ. He is noted for a distinctive vocal style that is a fusion of Indian, Jamaican and English cultural elements.[citation needed] Apache Indian was the earliest UK artist of Asian origin to make an impact on the UK charts with a series of hits during the nineties.[1]

Born into a family of Indian origins, Kapur was raised in Handsworth, Birmingham, UK, a racially mixed area with large Black and Asian communities, home of reggae bands such as Steel Pulse and UB40, and by the early 1980s he was working with local sound systems and grew dreadlocks.[1] By the mid-1980s he had trimmed his hair and began to make a name for himself as a dancehall deejay. Apache recorded his first single in 1990, “Movie Over India”, initially a white-label pressing, until it was picked up by the reggae distributor Jet Star.[1] The single mixed ragga and bhangra sounds and was hugely popular among audiences of both genres.[1] Two further singles followed in a similar vein, “Chok There” and “Don Raja”, bringing him to the attention of the major labels, and in 1992 he signed a recording contract with Island Records.[1]

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