India’s ‘Fabulous Four’ head to South African shores, having just performed alongside other globally acclaimed artists in the anthem song for the ICC Cricket World Cup extravaganza. Now, South African audiences witness the magic of India’s ‘Fabulous Four’ when YouTube sensations, SANAM, return by popular demand for three concerts around the country.
Originally known as The SQS Project and SQS Supastars, the talented youngsters changed their name to SANAM in 2014. Samar, Venky and Sanam attended the same school where they started the band. After school Sanam and Samar moved to Mumbai to pursue their musical dreams and was later introduced to Keshav, where they formed The SQS Project. In May 2010, Times Music launched a nationwide search for a pop band in India. Out of the thousands of entries, The SQS Project won the hearts of the nation. The trio reunited with Venky for the finals and the SQS Supastars were born, and went on to win the coveted title. The band released their first album, Supastars and later released music videos of their songs Hawa Hawa and Bekha.
The band rose to fame after composing renditions of classic Bollywood hit songs that they had grown up listening to and uploading them to YouTube and they have since recorded and performed songs in Hindi, English, Spanish and Gurarati including the likes of Main Hoon which was featured in the Hollywood blockbuster, The Amazing Spiderman 2 and which received rave reviews across its multi-language theatre release in India. They are now YouTube India’s most followed independent music channel and India’s most successful digital artists. Their music video for Gulabi Aankhen has a staggering 111 million views alone.
Humble about their fame, the band describes their sound as refreshingly different – a mix of contemporary pop rock with their distinct blend of Omani and Indian musicians. The band’s frontman, Sanam Puri, is the voice of Bollywood chart busters Dhat Teri Ki (‘Gori Tere Pvaar Mein) and Ishq Bulaava (‘Hasee Toh Phasee’). The band has released 5 albums to date and other original singles, many of which have enjoyed number 1 spots on IndiPop charts and trending playlists.
Venue: Emperor’s Palace, 64 Jones Rd, Kempton Park