As we have mentioned in other posts about Bollywood, this is the most productive film industry in the world; yes, even more than Hollywood.
Thanks to its rhythms and colors, eventually it has influenced Western music, from rap singers to Britney Spears herself.
Western music often makes use of “sampling”, which is the art of extracting sounds from other songs.
In this blog post, we want to introduce you to 4 songs that have an Indian influence or use samples of it.
Britney Spears – Toxic
Who doesn’t know what happens to be one of the most popular songs of Britney Spears: TOXIC?
The electronic rhythm of this song published in 2004, made it hard for us to guess the sample taken from the song Tere Mere Beech Mein by Lata Mangeshkar and S.P. Balasubramaniam.
The result of the mix was a fusion of styles that was a huge success in pop music. Even though we sensed that the song had a tune that originated from another country, it was not easy to guess where exactly it came from and what musical genre it is.
Chase & Status – Eastern Jam
The British duo Chase & Status, who introduced dubstep to the masses, reached the peak of their success with this song inspired by Silsila Ye Chahat Ka, one of the pieces included in the 2008 film Devdas.
The vast majority of the different parts of the original song were copied exactly by Chase & Status, although their song contains slightly more electronic fragments.
Jay Z ft Kanye West – The Bounce
The hip hop industry, which is so prone to sampling, is not far behind and has been influenced by the occasional song from the Bollywood industry. As we can see in songs like React, by Erick Sermon with Redman or, especially, The Bounce, with the collaboration of two great artists in the industry, have demonstrated the success of combining rap with the Indian exoticism of Bollywood songs.
Black Eyed Peas – Don’t Phunk With My Heart
Black Eyed Peas have been expert in being carried away by influences from other countries and Indian music could not be the exception. The song Don’t Phunk With My Heart, one of the group’s best-known songs, is influenced by Yeh Mera Dil Pyar Ka Diwana and Ae Naujawan Sab Kuchh Yahan, that are from the movies Apradh (1972) and Don (1978) respectively. Ae Naujawan Sab Kuchh Yahan was sung by one of the biggest artists in the Bollywood industry, Asha Bhosle.
The songs that we have mentioned in this post used sounds from Bollywood music thus confirming the great influence of this industry on Western music.