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The Dhol Foundation

The Dhol Foundation


Johnny Kalsi, the UK’s most celebrated player of the Punjabi dhol drum, is no stranger to audiences across Europe. As a member of Afro Celt Sound System, Imagined Village and Transglobal Underground he’s featured in more bills than most. But it’s The Dhol Foundation that’s his pride and joy, the organisation that delivers a now legendary wall of sound, global rhythms and thumping contemporary beats with the effervescent Johnny at the heart of their live shows.

The full stage show features an energetic batteria of dhols up front, bass, drums, guitar, dholak and can include bhangra dancers and guest singers powering out a sound that’s as eclectic as it is forceful. TDF The musical influences are drawn from a rich pallet of global sounds and it’s the openness to exploring the music of other cultures that has always set TDF apart from other Dhol groups. The band have featured in the music of Hollywood films Gangs of New York and Incredible Hulk. They have also worked with Peter Gabriel on the soundtrack for films including Rabbit Proof Fence and The Last Temptation of Christ.

The Dhol Foundation have appeared at some of the UK’s most spectacular celebrations in recent years including performing at the London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony, The Queen’s Coronation Festival Gala in 2013 and to 40,000 at the BBC Proms in the Park in Hyde Park in 2014. TV credits include The Royal Variety Performance performing with STOMP and the ITV telethon Stand Up To Cancer.