Category: Bhangra

Desi Raw Radio

23Sep

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The beautiful thing about podcasting is the creative flare and freedom.

Industry Veterans DJ Dips and Mentor Beats recently launched “Desi Raw Radio” it’s a nice blend of urban/bhangra/a bit of bollywood/mainstream beats.

Dips and Mentor scored an interview with Rishi Rish.

Fans of Rishi, Jay Sean and Juggy D eagerly await the trios new track “Freak” – do they still have the magical chemistry? We shall see…

We will be featuring their Desi Raw Radio on our Soundcloud (upper right corner)

 

Remembering Deep Cold (RIP)

14Sep

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Last week I found out Deep passed away in May. I was shocked to hear the news. The team at SimplyBhangra.com wrote a lovely tribute about Deep’s accomplishments in the music scene. Definitely check out the their article.

Deep reached out to us here at UDR back in 2009, when we debuted on KLOK 1170am. He sent us his track Siti Mar (feat. DJ Sanj and Kamla Punjabi) which I really liked and we kept in touch here and there when he came out with new tracks.

I didn’t want this to be a bandwagon tribute, I just felt bad I didn’t know about his passing. It was my own fault because I’ve been out of the scene for awhile.

When I heard about his death, it took me back to Soni Pabla’s death. So sudden. So shocking. When an artist passes away so suddenly, they leave us their legacy — their music. Deep will live on through his beats, I’ll remember him fondly.

UDR sends our condolences to his family and friends.

 

9 Reasons Why You Should Get “Senti” with The PropheC

23Apr

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9 Reasons Why You Should Get “Senti” with The PropheC

If you really want our opinion, Canadian music artist The PropheC sings and produces tracks that are fit for the highest of times, and the lowest of times — he’ll sing about anything from euphoric love spells  to shitty heartbreaks! But it’s sentimental and beautiful, nevertheless!

His songs consist of emotionally driven ballads, poetic Punjabi lyrics and the perfect fusion of East and West musical beats that can send you into a la-la land of daydreams and lovey-dovey thoughts. Emotional thoughts that are centered around  falling stupidly in love or cursing that lover who screwed you over — or something close to it.

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DJ Rekha attempts new world record…

6Oct

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The founder of Basement Bhangra, DJ Rekha attempts to break the Guinness World Record for worlds largest Bhangra dance today in New York City! If anyone can pull it out, the Queen of Turntables can… stay tune as we follow this story.

**UPDATE**

Make way for a new entry in the Guinness World Records – our predication came true – DJ Rekha held the BIGGEST BHANGRA DANCE PARTY in NYC! Congratulations to DJ Rekha and her team!

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Bhangra Music Has Lost An Icon: Rest in Peace Kuly from RDB

22May

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RIP Kuly RDBSimply Bhangra has announced  that Kuly from RDB (Rhythm Dhol Bass) has passed away on the evening of May 22nd. No news media can confirm or comment on the cause of his death right now.

Plenty South Asian music artists and fans from all over the world are being effected by this tragic loss. RDB was one of the first Bhangra groups to be noticed worldwide among the young South Asian generation. RDB consists of three brothers Manj, Surj and Kuly – who was the eldest.

We at Urban Desi Radio are really touched by this loss in particular because RDB was one of the first Bhangra groups to really showcase what Urban Desi music really was. The integration of East meets West Bhangra music was mastered by RDB. They have really paved the way for many South Asian artists in the past decade. When RDB partnered with Snoop Dogg, they made immense waves in the South Asian music industry.

Kuly will be missed, but never forgotten.

*Special Thanks to SimplyBhangra.com for breaking the news.

REST IN PEACE KULY

Cloud 9 Music – Kan Kar Gal Sun

14Mar

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Under the VIP Record Label, Cloud 9 music coming out with their first single Kan Kar Gal Sun. The trailer is a real tease. Track will be dropping March 22nd!

9 Hottest “Urban Desi” Artists Touring America This Fall

5Aug

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Starring: Imran Khan of “Amplifier” fame alongside: H-Dhami, Hard Kaur, Culture Shock Crew- Baba Kahn, Lomaticc & Sunny Brown and Durrani Bros. with DJ Kamran

 

  

 

 

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Mogul Entertainment Group is proud to announce “The Takeover Tour”- America’s biggest South Asian music concert tour starring Imran Khan of “Amplifier” fame alongside some of the hottest Urban Desi musical acts of today!

 

This national tour will be held this fall, between September 16th and October  22nd  in major metropolitan cities throughout the U.S. including 13 of the top 15 South Asian population centers (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC/Virginia, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, and Seattle.)

 

“The Takeover Tour” will include numerous Desi artists including UK Bhangra sensation H-Dhami, Desi female rapper and vocalist Hard Kaur, North America’s favorite Desi boy-band the Culture Shock crew, and hip-hop music producers Durrani Hard KaurBros with DJ Kamran. Over 3,000 people are expected at each event with this all-star line-up!

 

“The new generation of South Asian artists that have adapted hip-hop or pop have been ignored by mainstream media, that’s despite the fast growth and large presence of this new subculture” said Rick Mogul, CEO of Mogul Entertainment Group, “the South Asian community is full of young, educated, enthusiastic fans that connect to these East-Meets-West artists.”

 

With a national South-Asian marketing campaign, inventive social media marketing and community outreach, this concert series will be the first of its kind.

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Mogul Entertainment Group has partnered with various sponsors including Shri Bala Ji Entertainment, M&M Entertainment and more organizations to make this concert series possible.

 

Zee TV, B4U and ARY Digital are official television broadcasting partners of the “The Takeover Tour” with promotional support from various radio outlets including Clear Channel, Pandora, Radio City, Urban Desi Radio and Punjabi Radio USA.The Takeover Tour H DHami

 

About Mogul Entertainment Group:

With more than two decades of experience, Mogul Entertainment Group represents the best in event booking and promotions. Bringing together the 4 pillars of a successful event: Talent, promotion, representation & development, Mogul Entertainment Group provides top-notch talent management. Located in America, Mogul Entertainment focuses both locally and internationally. For more information visit http://www.mogulentertainmentgroup.com

 

 

For more information about sponsorship for “The Takeover Tour” contact:

Rick Mogul – (510) 584-7949 or
info@mogulentertainmentgroup.com

 

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Hargo Boparai Soon to Release Bhangra Album”Bhangrafornia” Putting California on the Map!

2Aug

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Do you feel like the Bhangra scene has been lacking good traditional music producers? Don’t worry. There’s finally a breathe of fresh air.

A new Pujabi music producer hailing from the San Francisco- Bay Area, Hargo Boparai is set to release a  his Bh261639_250043068345788_200742806609148_1208328_5130037_nangra album  – Bhangrafornia. What a wonderful mix of words, we’re hoping the album sounds just as nice :)

Hargo has  had an interest in music, particularly Bhangra music from a young age. With influences from traditional folk Punjabi music and local influences from Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti, this interest had led to the creation of his own album featuring some of the great well known vocalists in Punjabi music today, and others who are newer to the scene but have talented singing voices.

He says ” Alcohol, Panjabi MC, Sukshinder Shinda and other great UK and Indian producers along with folk punjabi music singers such as Chamkila and Yamla Jatt” are his inspiration.

The new album “Bhangrafornia” features all original songs from Master Saleem (India), Surinder Shinda (India), and other talented vocalists in  Punjabi music.

 In anticipation of his new album, we caught up with Hargo himself to see what the deal was…

 

UDR: Hargo Boparai…… claim to fame?

HB: Ha! No claim to fame as of yet, just trying to put together some fun, exciting, energetic bhangra music. Eventually I hope this will get the Bay Area, California some recognition in the Bhangra scene. We have a lot of talent, some of which I have on the album; my good friends Teji Padda and Kulwant Dhanjal both living in Calfornia are featured on the album.

I was born and raised in the Bay Area. Like almost every other producer out there, I started of by deejaying and eventually followed that into experimenting in creating my own music. It took many years to get something that was presentable, so here if my first shot! I am hoping everyone enjoys the music. I have a lot of different flavors, from pure desi folk style, to more modern, to hip hop. Like California, I tried to make this album in ways a melting pot of sounds and styles.

 
UDR:You used to DJ in the 2000s, your finally back on the scene, what happened?

HB: To be honest, I was focusing on my professional career and completing all my educational goals, which I now am fairly comfortable with. Music definitely is not paying the bills :)

The past few years have been rather crazy personally (in a good way), and last year I decided to dust of the recording and production equipment and get back to work in the studio with a fresh approach.

I was funny in ways; after not touching music in a few years, I felt totally rejuvenated and actually felt like it was a fresh start. You know how it is, if you do something day in day out for a extended length of time, your creativity and originality really takes a hit.

I started spending time with Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti and continuing to get input and learn things from him. All of this in turn lead to a layoff that is now officially over!

 

UDR: What’s your inspiration for “Bhangrafornia”?

HB: The album name itself has taken a life of it’s own. What I wanted to do was to come up with a album name that really reflects who I am. Bhangrafornia; a mix of Bhangra and California. It was funny because I literally took a poll with friends on what name the album should have, and Bhangrafornia came out on top. I also took that approach in the thinking for the album and all graphics; I wanted to make it un252568_230896546927107_200742806609148_1127473_1909959_nique and reflect who I am.

 

UDR: What can we expect with your new album?

HB: You can expect some fun, energetic music that you can jam to with your parents, kids, or grandparents around. The tracks are high energy, desi, with a twist of west coast flavors to some. I am hoping that people enjoy the music as much as I enjoyed recording the music and putting it together. The album is out August 5th worldwide on I-Tunes and all other major digital retail stores!

 
UDR: What’s next for you?
HB: First I want to see the response to this album. I have gotten some nice feedback so far with emails, twitter messages, facebook messages from around the world. I also had my track featured on Bhangra Breakdown on the BBC Asia Network with Dipps Bhamrah, which was big! I will let this album take its own path, but have some unique ideas for some music I want to do in the future. I will keep that all a surprise but can give you one hint, it will be something for the Punjabi American guys and girls!
For more information about Hargo Boparai or “Bhangrafornia”:

http://www.facebook.com/hargoboparaimusic 
http://www.hargoboparai.com 
http://www.twitter.com/hargoboparai

Mittran Nay Peeni Daru

14Aug

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Jagga hooked us up with another track “Mittran Nay Peeni Daru” (produced by Raj Singh)  it’s currently featured on the Junction’s “you got mail” track… here is a 40 second snip of the track, we will be featuring more of Jagga’s music on UDR. His new album will be dropping really soon… we can’t wait Jagga!

Dafa Ho Ja staying strong for 19 weeks…

27Jul

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Foji Gill jolted us with “Dafa Ho Ja” which I loved the music video for this song, I would rave about it on my radio show… I loved the old school style with traditional beats. For the past 19 weeks, Dafa Ho Ja has stayed in the top 10 on the “Official Download Chart” on BBC Asian Network. The single dropped on Feb 26th, every one wanted to know… who is Foji?! I remember Bobby Friction interviewed him, when Bobby took over the Charts show on the BeeB. He’s young and has already proven he’s no “one hit wonder” in the scene. Miss Pooja was featured on the track (folks who listen to my show loved Foji vocals with Miss Pooja up in the mix). Dafa Ho Ja probably saved me one too many times, when I would constantly get bombarded with Miss Pooja request.

His new single, Bruahhh, is currently number 1 on the SimplyBhangra Charts, Foji is gearing up to launch his forth single. The single is going to be dedicated to his hero, Bhagat Singh. The music video will be shot in rural spots in Punjab, he’s definitely setting trends in the Asian music scene.