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PRAGA KHAN

Techno composer / producer and artist with international fame.

 
Songs
 

From "Pragamatic"

"Injected with a poison '98"
57,9 sec. - 114 Kb.
song : Praga Kahn
Year : 1998
Record co. : Dance Opera

"Independence"
48,3 sec. - 95 Kb.
song : Praga Kahn
Year : 1998
Record co. : Never Records

From "21st Century Skin"

"Love U still"
73 sec. - 144 Kb.

"Breakfast in Vegas"
60 sec. - 112 Kb.
song : Praga Kahn
Year : 1999
Record co. : Antler-Subway

From "Mutant funk"

"Power of the Flower"
42,8 sec. - 84 Kb.

"Meditation"
48 sec. - 96 Kb.

"Sayonara Greetings"
90 sec. - 180 Kb.

songs : Olivier Adams &
Praga Kahn
Year : 2000
Record co. : Antler-Subway

 
   

Praga Khan is the artist name of Maurice Engelen. He started out in music in the mid-eighties as a Dee-Jay in the discotheque "Happy House". This was an alternative club, with a lot of attention for live bands, like The Neon Judgement, A Split Second ...

 

When the New-beat dance craze came around in 1988, Praga Khan hopped on the bandwagon and became a musician. He founded numerous projects, of which Lords of Acid was the most successful. This band, in which Praga Khan operates together with Niki Van Lierop (Jade 4 u) and Oliver Adams, still exists today and has sold over 1,000,000 copies in the U.S.A. of their horny techno music. With Niki and Oliver, he produces and composes under the name "MNO" (after their initials). Other projects in which Praga Khan participated in those days were Shakti (his debut), Jade 4 U, Major Problem, 101, Dirty Harry and Digital Orgasm, and even commercial Flemish popdance-tunes such as the debut CD of Yasmine.

The debut of Praga Khan was the 1989 single "Bula Bula". The breakthrough came in 1993 with the song "Injected with a poison". It became a club-hit in Belgium, but overseas this hit-status also was reflected in the sales figures. It went to n 14 in the official charts in England and also gave him the opportunity to go to Japan. It also opened a lot of doors for the man in the States, where he started touring.

A lucky break also happened when Paul Verhoeven, during the shooting of Basic Instinct, walked into "The Limelight"-disco in New York, looking for a song for his movie. When the track "Rave the rhythm" was played, he stepped up to the Dee-Jay and asked who that was. The song was included on the soundtrack, after which a whole bunch of other movies followed : Sliver, Virtuosity, Strange Days, Bad Lieutenant ... He also composed the soundtrack for the computer-game Mortal Combat with Oliver Adams as "The Immortals".

 

In between the first Praga Khan album (Conquers your love of 1996) and the second (Pragamatic, released 1998), he also founded new projects, like the more rock-oriented Tattoo of Pain and Channel X. He also gets asked a lot by other artist to remix their stuff, as was the case with White Zombie ("Rob Zombie is a big fan, Lords of Acid is his favorite music to have sex on"), Alice in Chains ("Again"), Jean-Michel Jarre (Chronology part 6), or the first Milk Inc. hit "La Vache".

With Pragamatic, Praga Khan hoped to convince Belgium of his qualities as an artist. For the first time, he comes back to his country to perform his big beats at the festivals. "We will surely prove that we are a very good live show. We've proven that abroad. Even the Prodigy will admit that, we have played a lot together. I think it will be easier for the public to get in touch with our music now. In the beginning it was heavily oriented towards the English scene. The first singles of The Prodigy also didn't do anything on the European mainland. I guess we have to thank them for opening up this market for us." (quotes are from an interview with Studio Brussel in June 1998).

 

With the release of the next Cd "21st Century Skin", Praga Khan became a major music act for the first time in their homecountry, pulled by more melodic singles such as "Breakfast in Vegas" and "Luv U Still", the album was sold at about 25,000 copies. This earned them even a place at the Werchter-festival, where they played in the tent.

In the Fall of 1999, the Praga Khan project went to the States for the first time (as an opener for Lords of Acid, with the same musicians, but with Deborah Ostrega as the dancer), and in May released the album "Mutant Funk". The release of the cd was accompanied by an impressive media campaign, which included a gig on the roof of the flemish TV-station VTM; which made the album shoot up the charts in no time (2 week at n°2 in the album charts). The band even was asked again at Werchter, and this time as headliners on the big stage of the first day. Also in March 2000, Praga Khan did a contribution to the "Glittering 2000" project, on which belgian bands covered songs from the glamrock era, by doing a version of David Bowie's "Jean Genie".

In 2001, it was Lords of Acid that was put in the picture again, with the album "Farstucking". The Praga Khan project started working on a soundtrack for the Belgo-U.K. movie "Falling". In May a first single from the music Maurice Engelen & Co are making for this film was arlready released : Rhythm , featuring a (sort of) vocal contribution by Roos van Acker (formerly of Eden, now Stubru, TMF). On the full soundtrack (scheduled for October 2001), there will be an even stranger co-operation though : Axelle Red will appear on a number of tracks.
There's already a website on the film with a synopsis & stuff at www.falling.be. All This means a "quiet summer" for Praga Khan : LOA will be at Marktrock, Eurorock & Rock Ternat, the first Praga Khan concerts is at Leffinge Leuren.

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Albums :
- Praga World (Avex Japan, 1994)
- Conquers your love (Never Records, 1996)
- Pragamatic (Never Records, 1998)
- 21st Century Skin (Antler, 1999)
- Mutant Funk (Antler-Subway, 2000)
12 '' / Remixes / MCD / CD singles ...
- Bula Bula (House Records, 1988)
- Out of Conrol (Beatbox, 1989)
- Rave Alarm (Beatbox, 1991)
- Free your body (Sonic Records, 1992)
- Injected with a poison (Beatbox, 1992)
- Rave Alert (Beatbox, 1993)
- A spoonful of Miracle (RCA, Avex, 1993)
- Phantasia Forever (RCA, 1993)
- Begin to move (Avex, 1994)
- Gun Buck (Jive, 1995)
- Love me baby (Never records, 1996)
- Jazz Trippin' (Never records, 1996)
- Injected with a poison '98 Remixes (Never Records, 1998)
- Lonely (Antler-Subway, 1999)
- Luv U Still (Antler-Subway, 1999)
- Breakfast in Vegas (Antler-Subway, 1999)
- The Power of the Flower (Antler-Subway, 2000)
- Love (Antler-Subway, 2000)

Websites :
- Praga Khan and Lords of Acid have an excellent website : http://www.pragakhan.com with lots more audio, a full discography, all the side projects ...
- The Lords of Acid also have an extensive website : www.lordsofacid.com
- Review of Mutant Funk
- Interview with Maurice Engelen & Olivier Adams at the time of "Mutant Funk"
- Ven's news, with the latest Praga Khan & Lords of Acid info from the States.
- The official site is also available in Dutch
- Lyrics at Waltertje's Lyrics site

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