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Big Bada Boom Sound System


The Big Bada Boom concept was coined in the minds of DJ Nastyk and Dubey Tabla Walla, of Tu-Faan Express and led to the first ever Big Bada Boom party at the Southern Cross Bar in 2002. With a booming success at it first gig, Big Bada Boom began looking for bigger and louder parties.

With a number of events between 2002 and 2003, this search eventually manifested in the expansion of Tu-Faan Express to include MC KthrNak, DJ Art Official and SabaTaj. Over the next year Big Bada Boom parties, often also saw guests appearances by Wellington’s finest selectors, including, Djs Sthri, Swami A, ColynJah, Ajnabeat and Ji.

In early 2005, Tu-Faan Express disbanded and shades of a re-formulated Big Bada Boom begun to be seen. The addition of MCs Pundit and Mantra in March 2005, blew audiences away, and the current line up of KthrNak, Dubey, Ji, Ajnabeat, Pundit and Mantra was born.

From this point, the evolution of Big Bada Boom was inevitable. As the boys worked together, it quickly became apparent that the boys had more to say and were finding new ways of saying it.

In August 2006, the boys began collating all their own material that had been generated over the past year and started writing further material. This resulted in the recording session for their EP in March 2007. Since then, the boys have continued to work on the EP and are in the process of working on their forthcoming album.


Mishul Prasad aka KthrNak (MC/Vocalist)

KthrNak, Aotearoa's first known South Asian MC to rock up on stage, an honour that he lives up to as soon as he hits the mic. For those who have heard him know that his ragga style rhymes coupled with his sultry voice make for a dangerous combination. KthrNak is a regular with other sounds systems like the Wellington based Yardwise Crew. He has performed with world famous in NZ MCs such as the Mighty Astrix and at NZ festivals such at ‘Kaikoura Roots’ 06 & Raglan’s ‘Soundsplash’ 06.

Krishneil Prasad aka Pundit (MC/Vocalist)
Pundit is a recent but much valued addition to the Big Bada Boom line up. Anyone watching this young man can see that his lyrical prowess is overwhelming. Bursting with gangster style rhythms and rhymes Pundit has an edge that makes you want to listen to his wisdom.

Manoj Pillai aka Mantra (MC/Vocalist)

Mantra brings up the Southern contingent in the Big Bada Boom line up. A quiet, introspective young man, he adds an element of solidity to the other two MCs. But when he does let his words fly, you have to stop and listen.

Jivan Grewal aka Ji (Guitars)

Ji began his career with Big Bada Boom when they did their first North Island tour four years ago. He picked up the guitars in 2005, and has not looked back since. With an ear for bollywood and bhangra riffs, Ji brings a completely new perspective on traditional melodies.

Ajit Govind aka Ajnabeat (Beats, samples)

Ajnabee started mashing it up with Big Bada Boom from their interaction with the Wellington Indian Sports Club. Ajnabeat took his place on stage and began amazing audiences with his scratching ability. He has found his true talent, however, in writing all the biggest and phattest beats and samples for the band.

Arindam Sen aka Dubey (Tabla, Bass, Keys)

Dubey has performed in several different bands in Wellington. A true musician, he grew up with music all around him and even began learning his tablas at a tender age. Whether on tablas, bass or keys, Dubey provides the foundations for Big Bada Boom’s soul shaking rhythms.

Band Members:
MC KthrNak (vocals)
MC Pundit (vocals)
MC Mantra (vocals)
Dubey Tabla Walla (tablas)
DJ Ajnabee (DJ, mixer)
DJ El-Amein-Ji (DJ, mixer)

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Big Bada Boom – EP Release
Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:30 pm
The boys from Big Bada Boom bring a first taste of their take on South Asian Hip Hop with their debut self-titled EP.

Big Bada Boom has developed a well earned reputation with their local fan base for throwing the tightest South Asian parties in Wellington which have a mixture of Bollywood, Bhangra, Asian Underground Hip Hop and Dancehall. With their first gig at The Cross Bar, in 2002, Big Bada Boom took off and the group has not looked back since. Aside from the instant lure of phat Bhangra tunes and grooving Bollywood favourites, Big Bada Boom has always set out to push the envelope when its comes to Indian dance music.

Their more recent gigs have seen the Big Bada Boom Soundsystem perform live support acts for international artists, such as Talvin Singh and also Wellington’s infamous Cuba Street Carnival earlier in February 2007.

Since August 2006 though, Big Bada Boom has been working on pushing those boundaries even further. With a growing live aspect to their gigs, the band saw this as an opportunity for them to develop their own take on South Asian music. The EP is a first taste of that unique South Asian experience in New Zealand.

Big Bada Boom’s EP is a narrative of the boys’ perspectives of culture, traditions, art, identity and politics. They weave a story that is both distinctly Asian and undeniably New Zealand.

The EP draws on a range of the bands influences from classical Hindustani through to modern hip hop, dancehall, and rock.

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