Sahotas were a U.K. based Bhangra / Rock / World music band. The band, started in Bilston, Wolverhampton in the mid-1980s, had a line-up of five brothers. They have released music in both English and Punjabi. The lead singer was Surj Sahota, and the music director/producer was Mukhtar Sahota. The band's music is very different from conventional Punjabi music, combining the Bhangra genre with pop, house, reggae and rock, focusing on vocal styles and sounds. This transfusion occurred during the apex of Bhangra Music in the 1980s and 1990s when there was an abundance of Live British Asian Music across the United Kingdom; and when British Asian Music sought to be recognised by the mainstream music industry. The Sahotas were at the forefront of seeking this recognition, performing live on Cilla Black's Surprise, Surprise, Blue Peter, 8:15 from Manchester and Eggs 'n' Baker. The Sahotas also joined Apache Indian on Carton TV's Soul Music and performed the soulful spiritual song "Urdaas" (Prayer).
Links to Peel
Peel played a few tracks from the group in 1990 from the Aaja album. No other tracks from the group was played by John after that, although their album Aaja was later found in his Record Collection: S after his death.
- 10 January 1990: Aaja Aaja Aaja (album - Aaja) Multitone
- 17 January 1990: Buller Buller (Remix) (album - Aaja) Multitone
- 30 January 1990: Hogayi Balle Balle Remix (album - Aaja) Multitone