Apache Indian
Apache Indian - Profiles of Cine Play Back Singers

Apache Indian is the stage name of the reggae DJ Steven Kapur (born 11 May 1967). British vocalist Apache Indian performs a highly eclectic form of Ragga informed by the Bhangra style of his East Indian heritage. After cutting his teeth toasting in U.K. dancehalls, Apache Indian began to release singles in the early ’90s and achieved three number 1’s in both the Reggae and Asian charts! Many of these singles would appear on his 1993 major-label Island Records debut, ‘No Reservations’, including “Don Rajah”, a song that exemplifies Apache Indian’s cross-cultural fusion & earned him a new nickname as well.

By the mid-’90s, Ragga production often included elements of hip-hop, and Apache Indian’s next record was no exception. Featuring guest appearances from Jamaican Reggae stars Sly and Robbie, Frankie Paul, Yami Bolo, & American MC Tim Dog, 1995′s ‘Make Way for the Indian’ included sampled tabla beats & spawned a U.S. club hit with the shuffling R&B of ‘Boomshackalak’.

The “Don Raja” of British Ragga began to increase his International exposure by touring the world 5 times over 20 years, performing massive sold out concerns across India & Asia, Europe, Canada & America!

Apache performed at Reggae Japansplash in ’94 and ’95 & has appeared in 4 Bollywood films! He continued to record as well, releasing albums titled, ‘Real People’ in 1998, ‘Karma’ in 2001, ‘Time for Change’ and ‘Sadhu ‘The Movement’ in 2006/7 as well as various collaborations. Apache Indian performed at all the major World Music, Reggae & Asian festivals in 2006/7 with his live band ‘The Reggae Revolution’ from Birmingham including headlining WOMAD in Reading!

Awards & Titles

Best Newcomer British Reggae Industry Awards 1990

Best Newcomber Reggae Awards 1991

Best Newcomber Asian Awards 1991

Best Male Newcomer British Reggae Industry Awards 1992

Outstanding Service & Contribution Yuva Rttan Awards 1992

Vaisakhi Awards Vaisakhi Celebration Awards 1993

Appreciation Awards Rotary Club Delhi 1993

Appreciation Awards National Association of The Blind 1993

Best Reggae Video Black Music Awards 1993

Ambassador Awards Caribbean Crucible 1993 (CANADA)

Four Nominations Brit Awards 1993

Best Rapper/Rap Track/Best Live Act Independent Asian Music Poll Awards 1994

DJ Awards Asian DJ Awards (Entasi & Apna Beat) 1994

Best Asian Mainstream Singer Movie Bhangra Awards 1997 (UK)

Appreciation Awards BBC Networks East Mega Mela 1999 (UK)

UK Asian Music Awards – Best International Success 2003

UK Asian Music Awards – Outstanding Achievement 2005

UK Asian Music Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award 2011