Dhol Blasters

Gurcharan Jit Mall, now widely known as King G Mall  is one of the most prolific musical personalities in the Bhangra industry anywhere in the world since 1968. His talent, achievements and persona epitomize the core roots of Bhangra.

Having being a key part of the birth of Bhangra music industry in the western world and having given his soul to the movement. King G. is truly without a doubt, the first pioneer of making the Dhol popular around the World, with his bubbly, previously unseen, style of playing. He symbolises the music genre like no other musician of his generation. He has been named as King of Dhol, Godfather of world Dhol players and also a leading Bhangra Historian.

The dhol is a double-sided sided barrel drum (straight barrels also exist) played mostly as an accompanying instrument to the traditional Punjabi dance of Bhangra, the traditional dance of Gujarat, Raas, and the religious music of Sufism, Qawwali.

The drum is played using two wooden sticks,usually made out of bamboo and cane wood. The most common rhythm played on the dhol is the Chaal, which consists of 8 beats per measure. The stick used to play the bass side of the drum is a bit thicker (roughly about 10 mm in diameter) and is bent in a quarter-circular arc on the end that strikes the drum, the dagga. The other stick is much thinner and flexible and used to play the higher note end of the drum, the thili. The drum is slung over the neck of the player with a strap usually made up of ropes or woven cloth. The surface of the wooden barrel is in some cases decorated with engraved or painted patterns.

King Gurcharan Mall will be making a welcome return to Drum Camp delivering Dhol drumming and Bhangra dance classes, and heading up his mighty band the Dhol Blasters for our Saturday main stage programme.

Video click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Typ7EoQfhTU
 

Year Contributions
2017 Performance and Workshops
2011 Performance and Workshops