Zambezi Funk comprises the combined musical talents of Blaaze (performer/lyricist/ rapper/ editor/ producer and director) and Sagar (musician/ composer / arranger & architect) While both individuals have been involved in the film music scene in India for a number of years, 'Funkalistic Syllablez' will mark their debut album release under the name Zambezi Funk.
Work on the album started way back in June 2004 and now, in its completion has come to represent their determined effort to create music that is appreciated, as much for it's rhythm as it is for its message.
Worth mentioning is the fact that Blaaze and Sagar come from diverse cultural and musical backgrounds. Blaaze, a south Indian by descent, spent his formative years in Zambia where he learnt to rap and create rhythms with words. Since traveling to India he has worked with some the biggest names in music (A.R. Rahman and Shankar Eshaan and Loy etc.) and is now the most sought after rap artists in the music business. Sagar on the other hand, grew up in Chicago where he graduated with a degree in architecture. His passion for music however, got the better of him. Having worked with recognized names like Sandeep Chowta and Vishal/Shekar, Sagar finds himself heavily involved in the composition and production of music for films and other mediums in the country
It's hard to categorize the music that Zambezi Funk creates. Going by the first song they recorded together in 2004, "In My Father's Words" one might call them a hip-hop act. However, the songs on their album, "Funkalistic Syllablez" would definitely not fit this classification. You could try calling it hip-hop, rumba, funk, pop or even Afro-Indian. But none of these would do justice to their music.
If anything Zambezi Funk's music is a great example of how music speaks a universal language. The duo's hybrid influences and disposition towards creating genre-defying music is only further complimented by their ability to convey emotion through melody and rhythm and not always through the language used. "The main objective of the album is to make people smile, have a good listen and remember it for the rhythm and poetry." says Blaaze.
And if you are inclined to ask why the name Zambezi Funk ''Zambezi is where I'm from and funk is what Sagar brings to the music.'' is the reply Blaaze will give you.