We could all do with a bit of a good news story couldn't we?
The days are getting shorter (and colder...and wetter), it seems like Christmas is a while off yet, and we could all do with a bit of cheering up!
But two lads, one based in Ireland, and one in Canada, have the pick-me-up we could all do with!
It's more dance-fever than cabin fever as Irish celloist Patrick Dexter collaborated with the internet famous Canadian Bhangra dancer Gurdeep Pandher for a video that will warm the cockles of your heart, filmed in the coldest of locations!
Patrick lays down his rendition of one of the most famous cello pieces of all time, 'Cello Suite Number 1 Prelude' by Johann Sebastian Bach, while Gurdeep adds the Bhangra flavour with the beats and his dancing, from outside his remote cabin in the Maple Leaf country. Jai Hind!
By playing the cello, @patrickdextervc spreads joyful vibes from Ireland. We have a lot in common, so we decided to collaborate. Enjoy his cello music from his cabin in Mayo, Ireland & my Punjabi Bhangra dance from my cabin in the Yukon, Canada.
YouTube: https://t.co/SQ679jtZfH pic.twitter.com/hSbBtnRqdY
— Gurdeep Pandher of the Yukon (@GurdeepPandher) October 5, 2021
Bhangra music eminates from what's generally seen as the heart of Indian music, the state of Punjab in the North-East of the country. Punjabi people are very different to must of the rest of the population of India, in that they are followers of the Sikh religion.
Sikhism is one of the youngest religions, and unlike Hinduism, doesn't have any stipulations on eating meat. However, it does prohibit the cutting of hair, which is why Gurdeep, and other Sikh men, wear turban-style headgear - known as the Dastar - to keep their locks in check!
Punjabi music is likely what you think of when you think of upbeat Bollywood-style music, with many Punjabi classics remixed into Western music, including one superb mix of 'Mundian To Bach Ke' (Beware of the Boys!) and the iconic Nighrider theme track by UK-based DJ Punjabi MC.
Remember this tune?
Patrick is also rocking the rugged look, albeit in a lovely knitted cardigan, bless!
He commented on Twitter with the caption, "Bach and Bhangra brought together for the first time for the purpose of bringing joy into the world <3" and to be fair, it's a bit of a Bhangra banger if we're not mistaken!
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