At the age of 9, Jaz began on his musical journey, undertaking tutorials in Indian classical training in England. In an era when manufactured pop stars and reality tv stars have become the face of music worldwide, every new artist, especially in Bhangra is scrutinized and put under the preverbal musical magnifying glass. They come as fast as they dissapear, yet very few arrive in Bhangra with such musical clout as Jaz Dhami. Although it would be fair to assume that his career is only a year old, he has been waiting and studying patiently since the age of 16. I actually have no shame in admitting that about a year ago, I wrote off Jaz Dhami, thinking he was just ‘another’ manufactured singer who will become big via his looks and not anything else. Oh how wrong I’ve been.
We’ve all seen the Brit Asia TV interviews and the live sessions, and we all agree this guy has REAL talent. This is where it gets tricky. Having talent is one thing, projecting that talent into hit songs and an album is the hard part. Which leads us nicely onto one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 2009, the debut solo release by Jaz Dhami. A mellow piano intro leads in “Gabroo”, with his UK AMA Best newcomer award win being celebrated...before you know it the song bursts into life. Produced by Birmingham based GV, this song has a very ‘Handsworth’ ring to it, or for those who don’t know, the old B21 vibe.
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