- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (AP) - Two Sikh brothers nicknamed “Malaysia’s Bhangra Ambassadors” are trying to become international hitmakers in Punjabi dance music with the help of stars from Britain and India.

The duo officially known as Goldkartz has released an album that marks the first serious attempt by a Southeast Asian bhangra recording act to cross over to foreign markets. The CD was launched simultaneously in Malaysia, Britain, India and other countries Friday.

Goldkartz member Manjit Singh Gill said in an interview this week that the brothers have “something different to offer, coming far from the hub of bhangra.”

Modern bhangra blends hip-hop, electronic and rock rhythms with centuries-old sounds of Punjabi singing, traditional drums and string instruments.

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