I'd love it if BTF could begin a thread regarding the visual history of bhangra in the diaspora.
As bhangra gained a foot hold in Canada and the UK in the 70's and 80's it evolved, and continues to do so with the rise of bhangra circuits in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore (yes, there are teams in Singapore, and yes WBBC has reached out to teams in random places, and will continue to do so). From the floppy turlas and awkward chaadars, to today's romesh inspired masterpieces, there is a great story to be told re: bhangra as it exists in the diaspora.
It's close right now, but by next season, it won't be.
--USA is boring. All teams do is the same shit at every competition (especially the co-ed teams, please stop with the same boring routines, please). All the good guys teams from the USA are retired/compete once in a blue. (BK, AEG, JJ, three best)
--Canada used to be the best, but their best teams compete once in a blue moon, so can't say much about them like we used to.
--UK has like 5 AMAZING teams who in my opinion can beat anyone if they set their minds to it.
This is bhangra. Nothing music is on this level. Thats why live owns music. But even newer live teams are adding variations. Could it be that music bhangra has made live bhangra more entaining. They have youtube and watch gtv (cuz that shit is worldwide). They learned the art lf entertainment from the west. But their execution is from the east. As the years progressed dancers fom there have gotten so good it's unbelievable. In the meantime dancing in the west has not kept up. That is why live is better than music. Western Academys have to teach indian live bhangra to the kids mandatory before they go music. Dance on the dhol, because that was the way it was meant to be.
It's really not that bad, lol, I went there a bunch of times and just hung out. It's definately is the hood though. That whole neighborhood is filled with marassi music shops, so you will find what you need there. Make sure you are super specific about the dhol. Otherwise they will just assume you want some filmi dhol without the proper work. They make amazing dhols there, but you tell them what you want.
First, absolutely agreed, we need a PRIVATE ROOM for deliberations. Choosing a secluded area in the lobby did not go well, at all! lol. Rest assured this year we will be deliberating in a private room, with ZERO access for non-judges or non-board members. YOU RIGHT, YOU RIGHT.
Second, as for the instant replay: no pauses, no forwards, no rewinds. Just watch the set all the way, and then watch the other set all the way. We aren't there to nit pick mistakes and mishaps, just watch it and refresh yourself. I may even mandate silence during both viewings. Things happen fast in sets, if judges talk, it could distract.