INTERNET sensations dubbed as the One Direction of India are making their way to South Africa.
The heartthrobs of popular pop-rock boy band, SANAM will be performing in Johannesburg on August 28 at the Centre Court at Emperors Palace.
“We’re really looking forward to our first visit to South Africa and we’ve planned a power-packed show,” says Samar Puri, lead guitarist and vocalist.
The group is made up of Samar Puri, Venky S (bass guitar and vocals) and Keshav Dhanraj (drums) and rose to fame after composing their renditions of hit Bollywood songs and uploading them to their YouTube channel.
Their YouTube channel (with over 650 000 subscribers) features both original and cover songs and has received millions of views. Their music video Duaa ft Sanah Moidutty has over 12 million views alone, yet they remain humble about their fame. Their fans have labelled themselves SANAMians.
“YouTube was a blessing. We wanted to store some videos online so we could share them with our friends and the industry. We didn’t have enough money to hire a team to shoot our videos or edit them. So we decided to learn to do it on our own,” says Samar.
The boy band describes its sound as contemporary pop rock and with their distinct blend of Omani roots and Indian musicians, their sound is refreshingly different, setting them apart from the rest in the Indian indie music scene.
“We don’t limit ourselves to one style of music. We just want to keep putting out good music and keep our listeners happy,” says Samar. “Each of us has different musical inspirations and the blend of all our styles is evident in the music we create,” adds Keshav.
Their original single Main Hoon was featured in the India release of The Amazing Spiderman 2.
Earlier known as SQS Supastars, the band changed its name to SANAM in 2014.
Tickets start from R200 and are available through Computicket (http://online.computicket.com/web/event/sanam_live/1033512842/0/72666403).
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