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Soulmate at Harley Rock Riders Season III (2012)
|Years active||2003 – present|
|Associated acts||Carlos Santana|
|Website||Soulmate Official Myspace Page|
|Members||Tipriti TIPS Kharbangar |
Soulmate is a blues rock band from Shillong, Meghalaya, India. The band is primarily made up of Rudy Wallang (guitar/vocals/songwriter) and Tipriti TIPS Kharbangar (vocals/guitar), although they frequently team up with session musicians (on drums, bass, organ and possibly other backup instruments) when on tour. Tipriti is considered as one of the finest female singers to have emerged from North East India and Wallang is considered one of the most respected blues guitarists of India.
Soulmate is a Shillong based blues band, which came together in February 2003 playing their first concert at the ‘Roots Festival' at the Water Sports Complex in Umiam. Since then the band has performed many concerts all over The Northeast as well as in different parts of India, Southeast Asia, Europe, The Middle East and The United States.
Soulmate gained nationwide recognition and popularity within jazz and blues circles in India after they became the only blues band to represent the country at the 23rd International Blues Challenge organized by The Blues Foundation of America, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in February 2007 and 2010. They were semi-finalists and performed at the Rum Boogie Café (Blues Club of The Year, 2007) and Ground Zero(2010) alongside 150 other bands and musicians from all over the world.
Festivals and events
Soulmate has performed at many prestigious festivals like International Jazzmandu Festival in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2004,2005 and 2008,"Mosaic Music Festival" Singapore in 2009."Du World Music festival" in Dubai 2011, Harley Rock Riders Season III in Bangalore in 2012, Maximum India Festival at Kennedy Center in Washington DC in 2011, Jakarta Blues Festivalin Indonesia in 2009 and 2010,"Monsteros Blues Festival"Sweden,Norway,"Baltic Blues Festival"in Eutin,Germany in 2012 Mahindra Blues Fest in Mumbai in 2011,2012,2013 and 2014. Opened for Carlos Santana at the Formula One Rocks 2012 event in Delhi etc. The band also played at Oasis 2013, the cultural fest of BITS, Pilani, which is one of Asia's largest student-organised festivals.
- Tipriti 'Tips' Kharbangar (Vocals, Rhythm guitar, Songwriter)
- Rudy Wallang (Vocals, Lead guitar, Songwriter)
- Shillong (2004)
- Moving On (2009)
- Ten stories up (2014)
- Soulmate: Green Hill Blues, Rolling Stone India
- The blues, with love from Shillong, Rediff.com
- Soulmate bio, NH7
- Calcutta finds ‘Soulmate’ in Shillong band, The Telegraph (Calcutta)
- Soulmate, Bluefrog.co.in
- Harley Rock Riders Season III in Bangalore, India, Ipaimpress.com
- Harley Rock Riders Season 3, Bangalore ● Photo Showcase Archived 2013-06-05 at the Wayback Machine, Efi-news.com
- Shillong-based band to open Carlos Santana show at F1 Rocks, The Indian Express
- ‘Soulmate’ performing at Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore on Thursday, January 5th!, Hard Rock Cafe India