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THE SAHOTAS originally started performing Asian classical music called Ghazals. During their academic years together John Biddulph head of their schools music department soon realised the brothers musical potential. They entered The National Festival of Youth representing their secondary school Valley Park in Wolverhampton. This resulted in them winning the festival and being one of two acts chosen to perform at the school prom's in 1987 held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
At this stage of their musical career their were only three member's, Surjit Sahota on vocals, Mukhtar Sahota on keyboards, Raj Sahota on Tabla.THE SAHOTAS recorded their first album, 'Gidda Pao' (which means Clap your hands) in their school holiday's. Then a recording agreement was signed with Multitone Records the largest Asian record company based in Hayes, Middlesex. The album did well and established them world wide as a Bhangra band in the British Asian Music Industry.
By this time three more members had joined the newly formed band, Prakash Sahota on Drums, Vijay Sahota on Keyboards and a friend Riley Daley on Bass Guitar. The band were now regularly performing at Bhangra shows across the country. A year later with the release of their second album, 'Sahota Beat' charted at number one in the Asian charts. They also toured England selling out at every venue.
Then a third album called, 'Ajaa' (which means Cum on) was recorded which was the most successful of all the albums. It charted at number one in the Asian charts for five weeks and was awarded platinum and gold discs. The album sent a new groove to Asian dancefloors world wide. The band also released a E.P called, 'Are You Feeling' which was also successful and the band performed with one of the songs on television.
THE SAHOTAS also appeared on a number of television programmes. They got a good response from audiences who were watching at the time and created a firm fan base with western audiences. The Record Company were so pleased with their success that they were asked to record a fourth album called, 'Ishk' (which means Love). It was very successful and charted at number one and stayed in the top ten for five months in the Asian charts. At this time Riley Daley had to leave the band due to family commitments so another bass player Samuel Roberts joined the band.