India’s first transgender “6 pack band” makes a smashing debut of Pharrell William’s “Happy”
Mumbai, India | Red Newswire | Jan 8, 2015 Last Updated at 5:17 PM IST.
The first transgender musical band of the country “6 Pack Band” has released its own version of Pharrell William’s “Happy” setting another viral record. The song celebrates the resilience of the transgender community and went viral in just 24 hours with 600,000 views.
The band’s version of “happy” goes like “Happy Hai Hum” with unique undertones. It also showcases the community’s musical traditions including the well know “clapping” to song’s beat.
The song does have a feel-good feeling about it and a Bollywood touch too. The band says they will bring out 5 more songs very soon.
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Members of the transgender community are mostly known for performing at marriages and births. The name of the band reverses a common abuse for the community and also refers to its six members and six songs of the album which was released on 6th January.
Ashish Patil, Head of Y-Films which launched the band says, “We realised that the LGBT community in India is very different from the rest of the world. They belong to the lowest economic strata and are shunned by their family.”
Patil began with starting a conversation on acceptance of the transgender people by the society. He adds, “If this reaches out to more people, you look at them a little differently, with more tolerance.”
The team and the composer Shamir Tandon looked for six months in various NGOs to find the singers. Initially 200 candidates were shortlisted, then 40 and then final six.
All of the six band members are from Mumbai and of 22-33 age group. They underwent training in music. The song emphasizes their unique voices. One member sings in regional Marathi tone, other one has a flair for singing English songs, third can sing Bollywood well and a fourth one has a Sufi style.
The next video will be a version of Sonu Nigam’s “Sab Rab De Bande” which translated means “We are all children of God”. The band expects to release the video on 26th January i.e., on the eve of Republic Day. The third will be released on 6th February.
Patil said. “There is now a transgender cop in Chennai, a transgender mayor in Raigarh. There is a transgender staffer working with Barack Obama at the White house. There is Caitlyn Jenner. Why can’t there be equal opportunities for each one of them?”