Praga Khan

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Praga Khan
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Praga Khan (right) in 2011
Background information
Birth name Maurice Joseph Francois Engelen[1]
Also known as Khan Project, Maurice Engelen, Somora
Born (1959-01-07) 7 January 1959 (age 59)
Herselt, Belgium
Genres Techno, House, new beat, acid house, rave, industrial dance[2]
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, composer, producer
Instruments Vocals, synthesizers
Years active 1980–present
Labels SonicAngel
Associated acts Lords of Acid, Digital Orgasm, Milk Inc., MNO, Channel X, The Immortals, Tom Dice, Alice Avery

Maurice Joseph Francois Engelen (born 7 January 1959), known by his stage name Praga Khan,[1] is a Belgian electronic musician. Khan is considered one of the leading pioneers of the new beat/rave/hardcore electronic dance music scene that originated in Belgium. Khan has also contributed to the theatrical scene with his musical collaborations in The Next Dimension and Code Red.

Career[edit]

In the late 1980s, Engelen teamed up with Jade 4U (Nikkie van Lierop) and Olivier Adams to form Lords of Acid and multiple other projects including Channel X and Digital Orgasm.[3] Khan's most famous solo work was "Injected with a Poison" (1992). The single "Free Your Body / Injected with a Poison", by Praga Khan featuring Jade 4U, reached #16 in the UK. "Rave Alert" also charted (#39).

In the same year, Channel X's "Rave the Rhythm" was included in the soundtrack for Basic Instinct, after director Paul Verhoeven had by chance heard the track in a New York City disco during the shooting. After this, other tracks were included into other movies, including Sliver, Virtuosity, Strange Days and Bad Lieutenant. He also composed a music album for the video game, Mortal Kombat, with Olivier Adams as The Immortals.[4]

With the release of the CD 21st Century Skin in 1999, Khan became a major music act in his home country. The album included the singles "Breakfast in Vegas", "Luv U Still" (Pragamatic) and "Lonely". The album sold more than 25,000 copies. This earned him a place at Rock Werchter, where he performed live.

At the end of 1999, Praga Khan performed as a solo act in the United States for the first time (as an opener for Lords of Acid, with the same musicians) and released the album Mutant Funk that same year. The album rapidly climbed the charts, spending two weeks at No. 2 in the Belgian album chart. The band performed at Werchter again, this time as headliners on the big stage on the first day. This was the first Belgian act to achieve this. The album was a success and included the hits "Power of the Flower," "Sayonara Greetings", and "Love."

Praga Khan also appeared as a judge on X Factor.

In June 2010, Khan announced that the Lords of Acid project would be touring the US during July and August 2010, bringing along their friends, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, for what was being billed as the "Sextreme Ball".[5] Although the Lords of Acid had indicated that there was a dispute over the ownership of some of their "official" websites,[citation needed] Khan began using his personal and professional social media accounts, to help raise awareness of the tour.

Praga Khan released the album Soulsplitter in 2013 and performed a concert at Ancienne Belgique (with support by Psy'Aviah) to celebrate 25 years on stage.

Praga Khan announced via his Twitter that his 10th album MindSnatcher would be released on 31 March 2015,[6][7][8][9] but the album was delayed due to the re-establishment of Praga Khan's second studio. The new album was renamed MindGames and the release date was rescheduled for 27 October 2016[10] but further postponements led the CD to ultimately be released on May 21, 2017.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Other works[edit]

Praga Khan has recorded material with Olivier Adams and Nikkie Van Lierop (Jade 4U) frequently simultaneously. These names include, but are not limited to, Digital Orgasm, The Immortals, Lords of Acid and MNO.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Praga Khan". Discogs. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Artist Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Bush, John. "Biography: Praga Khan". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Praga Khan". IMDb. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "LOA and TKK tour dates". Sextreme Ball. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 October 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Khan, Praga (13 November 2014). "Mixing the new Praga Khan album MindSnatcher. Scheduled release date March 31st. Final mixes sound unreal!pic.twitter.com/2UlnFzqXFc". twitter.com. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "PRAGA KHAN available tourdates & new full-length album "MindSnatcher" - Deejaybooking.com". deejaybooking.com. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  9. ^ Esign. "Praga Khan - Artists - Klankfest". Praga Khan - Artists - Klankfest. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Praga Khan". Praga Khan. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  11. ^ Khan, Praga. "Dear friends, the new Praga Khan album MindGames is now exclusively available in the LOA webshop. Spread the...http://fb.me/3LC12FVYL".  External link in |title= (help)

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