Category: Desi Artists

Pyar Nishani (Forget Me Not)

26Sep

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New track from Burban Boombox Host & DJ OTinaOTina, produced by Mixman Shawn.

Check out those sexy pink stilettos… remember those? A couple of years ago when OTinaOTina came out with mixtape, she put those heels on top of her harmonium.

It was meant to be an artistic statement, but it caused controversy on her FB page.

Mixman Shawn and OTinaOTina make a great team!

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FREAK: Off to a Slow Start in the Charts

26Sep

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When it comes to these three particular artists from your childhood,  you become nostalgic and flashbacks (dancing in your room in front of a mirror) to “Dance With You” come racing back.

Rishi Rish, Juggy D and Jay Sean have been hinting about a collaboration for YEARS! When the collaboration suddenly had become a reality,Freak was billed the most anticipating track of the decade.

While most of us are off during the weekends, sadly the charts (iTunes in particular) don’t get the weekend off. Freak currently (26/09/15) sits at number 86 on the UK iTunes charts.

But despite a slow start on the charts, the track echoes a labour of love for their fans. Thousands of fans across the Indian sub-continent rushed to buy the track at midnight after the announcement that Universal Music India had taken the rights for Freak in that territory.

These three artists…three best friends….three brothers. After a decade, it’s nice to see them reunite once again. Just don’t make us wait another ten years!

Pravini Releases New Album: Unexpected Turn of Events

25Sep

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Today Pravini releases her fifth album “Unexpected Turn of Events” but it’s not like her previous albums. Normally we’re used to hearing R&B/Soul vibe, but this time she’s switched it up. Her new album is a blend of raw rock and pop (interesting combo).

The album title not only reflects the music itself, but also the becoming of it. The majority of the songs were written not during writing sessions, but during unexpected moments in between.

Earlier this year, she released her single “Go!” and now she’s making plans to tour the Netherlands and UK.

Hopefully we can get some tracks from her album to pass onto DJ Dips and Mentor for Desi Raw Radio.

 

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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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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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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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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Bikram Singh Performs in the Heart of San Francisco

25Sep

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A Rockstar…with that perfect dose of Urban Desi. What? You don’t get it? “Beyonce” ? I don’t need to go down the list of his discography to explain what a clever genius he is to have combined urban pop, soul, and hip hop into his music. It’s almost as if he has a new age way of singing kaliyan but with that contemporary urban feel. What could be more 2012, yet so traditionally sweet straight out of the heart of Punjab? BIKRAM SINGH!! (In his case, straight out of the heart of NYC, woot woot). I won’t go into all the extra details of his talents. Only because you know them already. I will mention however, that I love and respect the fact that he writes his own lyrics. That’s definitely what makes his songs more divergent.

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