Name: Sagar Khokhani

Occupation: Pharmacist and E-commerce entrepreneur

Playing dhol since: 2003

Favourite TV Show(s): Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares and Friends.

Least favourite food: Brussel Sprouts and Karehla nu shaak

Other Hobbies/How do you recharge?
Daily meditation, house music, reading, eating at new restaurants and music festivals.

Pet Peeve: Strange smells and rush hour traffic

Favourite Childhood Cartoon(s): Tom & Jerry, The Simpsons, Recess, Rugrats.

Favourite bits of being part of Rhythm ‘N’ Bass:
Love performing with friends that I have known for years, as well as meeting new people and visiting beautiful venue’s and arenas.

One of the best memories you have from a performance:
Performing at the Roundhouse in Camden alongside a Greek band. Superb venue and amazing collaboration between two very different music genres.

Worst thing you did as a kid:
Have a big helping of Wasabi sauce by itself (burn!)

How did you get into playing the dhol?
It started in 2002 when I attended a family wedding, and saw 6-8 dhol players performing for the Groom’s entrance. Ever since then, I was amazed at the instrument, and the complexity of the performance and rhythm. I bought my first dhol, and started listening to bhangra music and learning beats from any song I could find. Then, I joined Dhol2Dhol, and since then created Rhythm ‘N’ Bass with other students from the dhol class.

Most Memorable Event(s):
For the first time we were called to go over to another country and play for a wedding in Morocco. It was incredible seeing another country being interested in this instrument and that they wanted us to perform for their special day. The second being the Adnan Sami concert at Wembley Arena and De Montfort Hall. We performed on a huge stage, in front of roughly 10,000-20,000 people, and we travelled with Adnan Sami’s band. For the first time, it felt as though we were part of something bigger than just a wedding or a party and was an incredible experience.

Playing Dhol Since

I bought my first dhol, and started listening to bhangra music to learn the beats

Music Inspiration

My dhol teachers

Favourite Venue

Wembley Arena
for the Adnan Sami Concert

The Team