Darjeeling tea, India & Hip Hop “Machas with Attitude”

Yes, Tea Trade is a community of tea lovers, a social network for Camellia Sinensis fans. That doesn’t mean that everything here has to be about tea. However, since I love the leaves, many other things I think about, and enjoy, have a connection to tea. So while sipping on an excellent cup of Darjeeling, my thoughts turned to India. And music. I love listening to music, while writing or browsing the interwebs. I also like learning more about the cultures of the countries our tea comes from. Not just ancient Chinese traditions, but the modern ones each country has too. In my quest for tunes to entertain me, I searched for “modern Indian music.” That led me to a whole new world of music I knew little about. Here’s one find, a music video of a South Indian Hip Hop/rap/pop band from Bangalore. “Machas with Attitude” also known as MWA.

I didn’t know anything about India’s Hip Hop scene, let alone it’s underground one. I think these guys are pretty good actually. Not only musically talented but clever too. One of them is a researcher at The National Center for Biological Sciences. Apparently “Smokey” (left) might be getting a patent in Biotechnology. Great; bright and musical. Now let’s just hope these guys drink tea.

  9 comments for “Darjeeling tea, India & Hip Hop “Machas with Attitude”

  1. October 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I am inordinately fond of Hindi Pop.

  2. October 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Hindi Pop? Strange and not really my cup of tea.

  3. October 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I’ve heard some Hindi rap. Not as fond of it as Bollywood musical numbers. Wonder why…

  4. October 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    @lazyliteratus – yes…Bollywood musicals. The music, the dancing, the costumes…very hard to resist and always enjoyable! Need to find a good one to watch on Netflix now!

  5. October 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    @peter – Need a recommendation? “Veer-Zaara”. It’s on instant streaming now. Just to warn you, it’s three hours (like all of ’em), but it has thirteen musical numbers. At least, I think that’s what I counted. Prepare to bawl like a schoolboy, cup o’ Darjeeling in hand.

  6. October 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I’m so tempted to change my blog theme, just so I can comment on individual replies. Thing is, I like this one. Anyway @thedevotea – well, I like quite a bit of what I’ve heard too. @xavier – turn up the volume and get moving boy! @lazyliteratus : @peter and I watched a Hindi comedy the other day which was pretty funny. I have to see if I can find the title. It had some Bollywood dancing and groves and moves and singing, but it was all a little satirized.

  7. October 20, 2012 at 4:03 am

    @jackie I am more the Dance/Techno moving generation :P

  8. November 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Do you know what macha means? Besides being a tea obviously; I doubt that’s what they’re referring to in this case. I’m just wondering if it’s somehow similar in meaning to the ‘N’ in NWA.

  9. November 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Daniel: I don’t think so. I first thought it’s meant to be similar to MachOs (with attitude) but Urban dictionary has the following more likely explanations: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=macha

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