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No longer a London Mela Virgin…

6Sep

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For over six years I’ve lived in London off and on. This time I’m settling for good. The one thing I’ve never done was go to the London Mela.

Every time I wanted to go, it was always raining. I grew up in the Bay Area, our melas consist of a parade, talent show stage and if we were lucky (or not) someone from Bollywood acting as the grand marshall.

It was normally the size of two large parking lots. We don’t have radio talent like the BBC Asian Network emceeing the talent show. We don’t have different stages catering to different types of music. We used to have a late night show (which featured Daler Mehndi one year) until a bunch thug wannabes, who might I add still lived with their mothers and drove their father’s BMWs, ruined it for for of us.

I didn’t know what to expected…

As soon as I made my way through Gunnersbury Park, my mouth dropped. I couldn’t believe the crowds from all types of backgrounds. It was amazing. As one person told me this is what the melas are like back in India.

There were tents dedicated to classical music, DJ/New talent tent, the main stage (Hosted by Bobby Friction, Suzi Mann, Noreen Khan and Tommy Sandhu) my mind went into musical drive overload.

I was bummed out I missed Rita Morar’s performance (truthfully speaking I couldn’t find the right tent) with talent like hers she should’ve been on the main stage along with TaZzZ and Doni Brasco.

The acts I caught were Asim Azhar, Nesdi Jones, Panjabi Hit Squad, Raghav and Miss Pooja.

Asim flew all the way from Karachi, which was pretty cool. It was my first time seeing him live. Nesdi Jones, quite honestly never heard of her, but she’s nicknamed “Desi Gori” and she speaks hindi and punjabi really well.

One artist I was surprised to see was Rapper MSG, I’ve showcased his music on Dance Asia FM, I was really looking forward to hear him perform live. He started to try to warm up the crowd with the Khalistan chant, but the crowd wasn’t feeling that. He saved himself by saying “Free Palestine” which the crowd responded better to. However it “appeared” there were sound difficulties, but knowing the BBC Asian Network, I know when it comes to the Khalistan topic they won’t go near it. They should’ve known that is a topic he normally raps and talks about, I don’t understand why it seem to be a big surprise to everyone, unless he was told not to talk about it.  I was disappointed he didn’t get his chance to perform. Hopefully he can come back next year.

Raghav… it was such a pleasure to see him on stage. It’s always a catch 22 when an artist performs their old tracks, but Raghav nailed it! The crowd got really excited when Angel Eyes came on, I think in 2015 we might get a new album from him. He mentioned it all started for him at the London Mela, 9 years ago. The crowd went mental when Iceberg Slimm jumped on stage.

Nihal came on stage and spoke for a bit. He’s definitely a pioneer when it comes to Asian Radio history. Bobby and Nihal always made a dynamic duo. As I get older, I have an appreciation for talk radio, I try to catch Nihal’s show whenever I can because he normally has interesting topics.

Panjabi Hit Squad – on point as always with their beats. They always produce great tracks. However they came back on stage again before Miss Pooja, I think the second time around they overstayed their welcome. The crowd was getting restless to see Miss Pooja.

Was Miss Pooja worth waiting for? I’ll you this much, I was squashed like a tuna fish sandwich. No one wanted to budge or move. I’ll be honest I’m not a HUGE Miss Pooja fan, the thing is I’ve lost count on the number of tracks she’s put out and the number of tracks she’s featured on.  Even when PHS were on stage, the crowd near me were trying to get her attention while she was backstage. But for all mega fans, I can safely say she was worth the wait.

Thanks for popping my cherry London Mela 2014.

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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South Asians Music Artists in Mainstream Music

12Mar

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South Asians Music Artists in Mainstream Music

If you really want to go back in time, Pandit Ravi Shankar was one of the first Indians to have a name in Western music as an Indian music artist. He had really been the first one to surface in mainstream music.

I remember when I first noticed Tony Kanal from No Doubt in the 90’s. I had to look twice because he looked Indian! That made me excited because he must of been the first Indian guy I saw in a mainstream rock band. Although he was kind of white-washed, I know there was some sort of Indian inspiration in the band. Remember when Gwen Stephani went through that phase where she’d where bindis and Indian jewelry? Yup, it must of been Tony’s inspiration. They dated each other too, and “Don’t Speak” was about him. Just a random fact I thought I’d throw out there.

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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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Genre On The Rise: Alternative Desi Rock

20Jun

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Genre On The Rise: Alternative Desi Rock

The term Desi rock may sound like a juxtaposition. Well, wake up and smell the curry, it’s not! Over the past few years, there has been a bunch of Desi rock bands surfacing on the South Asian music scene. Back in the day (like 2008), the only place we’d probably heard rock music next to anything Desi was mostly in Bollywood soundtracks, that’s not the case anymore. Many Desi musicians are experimenting with rock music as their forte and it’s working. It doesn’t really matter if they have English lyrics or Desi lyrics, it still goes so well!

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Put Down The Desi Daroo And Support Your Local Music Artists

22Mar

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support-your-localI wish I saw more of this! Speaking from personal experience, why do people not support local artists? I’m talking about the South Asians mainly. If you look at the white kids, they absolutely love their local artists and bands. They would do anything to support them, have it be a concert at a local dive bar, a radio-hosted event, an appearance at t nightclub – you name it. I just don’t see this happening in the South Asian community, mainly with the younger South Asian generation.

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Culture Shock and Their New Found FIRE

9Mar

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Culture Shock Fire Tour

Culture Shock Fire Tour

If you haven’t heard of Culture Shock… you betta ask somebody!!! Culture Shock’s musical formula combines South Asian music and lyrics with head-bangin’ urban beats. This combo really helps them define music for the younger South Asian generation. If you ask us, they are really pushing the envelope in terms of progressive South Asian music.

If you’re a Culture Shock fan, you’ve probably heard about their new single Fire. These guys really aim to please their listeners by releasing incredible music every few months. Not only have they released a new single, they are setting out on a world tour! A few cities on their list include: Toronto, Long Island, Tennessee, Houston and Paris, France. Yup, you read that right, Paris. Where do these guys not have any fans?  Culture Shock kicked off their tour in Stanford, California (San Francisco) and we got a chance to catch up with them.

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5 Desi Music Groups Who Can Rock a Crowd

5Mar

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There are a lot more individual artists in the South Asian music scene rather than music groups. In this blog, will name the top South Asian music groups on the scene right now who really know what they are doing! I really like the idea of South Asian music groups because by working together, each person can add a piece of the pie. Each person always brings something different to the table and that’s what makes a band really run. Luckily, I have experienced 3 out of these 5 groups in person so, I’m hoping that gives me some credibility for what I’m really talking about!

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10 Things That Really Piss Me Off About The South Asian Music Scene

19Oct

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I was taught to never hold in feelings or thoughts which are bothersome. Otherwise they turn into a big ball of fire.  Well, too late….I’ve finally complied a list of what really bothers me about the South Asian music scene. It might be a harsh article, but it’s seriously how I feel. Read it, and weep.

Trance & House Bollywood Remixes – A Bollywood song is released. Whether it’s about Munni’s Jawani. Or about Sheila being badnaam’ed. Or about a Jawani being Halkat. Whatever it may be… you’ll have a house/techno/trance REMIXED version of it before you can  quickly say

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Bay Area Comedy Show Benefits Infanticide Documentary

2Oct

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On the occasion of International Day of the Girl, Bay Area Local Organizes  Comedy Show- ‘Stand Up for the Tender Gender’

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In light of the growing violence and atrocities against girls across the globe, the UN has declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl. On this inaugural Day of the Girl,Samson Koletkar, the world’s only Indian Jewish Stand Up comedian, and a father of a sweet little girl, brings you a stellar all female lineup of comics to benefit the making of Petals In The Dust: The Endangered Indian Girl, a documentary film that highlights one of the worst tragedies against girls – female foeticide and infanticide.

 

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