Since its inception in 2009, Delhi based group Reggae Rajahs has always ensured the liveliest and grooviest of stage performances. The reggae outfit recently performed at Raasta (in Hauz Khas Village) as part of the 'Wicked Weekends' platform and, in the past, it had opened concerts for the likes of Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer.
Zorawar Shukla a.k.a. General Zooz says, \"Opening for Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer were both amazing experiences. With Snoop, I think we were just in awe. He is a megastar and it was the first time we saw someone surrounded by an entourage of 25 people as he walked in and out of places. That show gave us a lot of confidence as well because it was one of the biggest crowds we had played for up till that point.\"
He continues, \"Major Lazer, especially Diplo and Walshy Fire, were very warm with us. Since their music has a lot of reggae and dancehall influences, they were very keen to get to know more about our journey, and how we started off. Both were unforgettable occasions for us.\" Although those two concerts, understandably, were the highlights of the group's career, every live performance is special for them. The adrenaline rush they get is unlike anything else. Shukla adds, \"As live performers, there is an exchange of energy between us and the crowd which is unique. It keeps us buzzing for hours after the gig.\"
Apart from Shukla, the group consists of DJ MoCity, BeLights, Diggy Dang and Ziggy B. All of them have their own individual projects, which keeps them busy when they are not performing as Reggae Rajahs. \"We all have different solo projects happening,\" says Shukla. \"DJ MoCity has started an online community radio called boxout.fm, Diggy Dang is working with a producer called Phenom from Third Degree Originals and I have been working with a live band called Riddim Funktion based out of Pune.\"
Also, as a group, apart from their usual gigs and concerts across the country they have also editions of Goa Reggae Sunsplash over the past two years. Reggae Rajahs isn't restricted to India though. They have performed at many major festivals such as Rototom Sunsplash (Spain), Sziget Festival (Hungary), Outlook Festival (Croatia), Uprising Reggae Festival (Slovakia) and Ostroda Reggae Festival (Poland). But right now, they have decided to keep the touring to a minimum. Shukla says, \"We are being more selective with our shows from this year onwards so when we had the chance to collaborate with Baleno for their 'Wicked Weekendes' we jumped at it! Reggae Rajahs will be touring, but for us now it's about quality not quantity.\"