A question for Tom Ewing, if he happens to see this… have you ever heard “All That She Wants (Banghra Version)” [sic!]? It’s a B-side on the 12” single, which I bought not long ago. It’s no substitute for the original, and I’m not sure how much it really even qualifies as bhangra, but coming as it does nearly a decade before Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On,” I find it fascinating and really hope I can find a chance to play it out in public for people sometime, surprising them with it. Swedish bhangra— almost as wonderfully ludicrous as Swedish reggae, right? Almost.
Of all the hundreds of microgenres that make pop the funnest kind of butterfly collecting, perhaps the greatest is Swedish Reggae.