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Banghra

The Spanish dance-pop group Banghra (taking its name from a traditional Punjabi dance) is made up of Victoria Gomez, Lidia Guevara, and Javi Mota, a group of dance/fitness instructors and singers from Madrid. In hopes of igniting a belly dance craze throughout their native country, the members of Banghra sought to release a project that combined elements of music, dance and exercise. Their aim was to offer the joys of belly dancing to all, regardless of age or gender. To that end, in 2007 the trio released a CD/DVD titled La Danza del Vientre, featuring 15 tracks of music in English and Spanish, the DVD coming with careful instruction on belly dancing basics. The project's best foot forward was the ultra-poppy single and video "My Own Way." The disc's modern, urban aesthetic mixed with sensual melodies earned Banghra a spot on Spain's Top 40 list within its first two weeks on the market. Within two more weeks La Danza del Vientre had risen into the Top Ten, initially taking number seven and peaking at number four. The album's success far outstripped the expectations of both the group and its label, the Universal-owned Vale Music. In 2008, the group released its second album ...a Bailar!, which included the singles "Una Especie en Extincion" and "Unidos". Disappointingly for fans, ...a Bailar! turned out to be Banghra's last album, as the trio split with hopes of each pursuing solo careers. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez

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