Category: Desi Artists

An Enchanted Experience with SonnyJi

11Aug

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Sonny JiA week ago today, Sonny Ji hopped on his 1’s and 2’s and created magic through his impromptu mix.

Of Course, being a fan of the Bhangra Mixtape, I was selfish enough to have Sonny Ji spin..How was I going to have him be physically in front of me and not experience the magic in real life? That’s like waving a freaking strawberry lollipop in front of a toddler and then saying, “neener neener neener, you can’t have this”. Yeah. Cruel. Anyway, I called a few connections and booked him an impromptu gig to spin 2am-4am at a bar in the heart of San Francisco.

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8 Reasons Why We Love Culture Shock

29Mar

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After the recent release of their new mix tape – Leger Tender 2.5, we fell in love with the Baba Kahn, Sunny Brown and Lomaticc  all over again! We couldn’t take it anymore and had to express our feelings about what makes them one of the best South Asian music groups! Keep reading to find out the top reasons why they are loved by thousands of people from all around the world.

8. Down to Earth Kinda Guys

The Urban Desi Radio team has been lucky enough to meet the Culture Shock crew. We can genuinely say that they are nicest guys in the business! They love making time for the fans and always make sure they keep their followers happy!

7. Excellent Management & Media Support

The trio is supported by some of the greatest entertainment professionals in the South Asian music business. Their direct manager Rinku Ghei plans and executes everything from marketing to show production with great ability. The group’s biggest media sponsors–Desi Hits.com, do a great job promoting their success as well!

6. Everyone Gets a Backstage Pass

We love the fact that the group is always making an effort to give their fans a sneak peek of their production process through videos on YouTube. Their fans love to see how their creativity unfolds which gives everyone a feeling of closeness to the group. Score!

5.  Damn Good Looks & Charm

This trio has the perfect mix of good looks, charm and sexiness! Each one of the guys bring something different to the table and the ladies go completely ga-ga over it!

4. Ability to Produce All Types of Music

Calling these guys creative is an understatement. Not only can they produce amazing music, but they seem to have mastered every type of music genre. From hip hop, R&B, dance, urban Desi  to  traditional Desi music – these guys have it on lock.  They are jacks of all trades!

3. Social Media Savvy

The Culture Shock team are pros at marketing their content on the net through social media but most importantly, we love the fact that they take time out of their busy schedules to reply back or re-tweet their fans. And if you’re a fan, getting a re-tweet or a reply is the best feeling in the world!

2. Free Music = Happiness

To be quite honest, our jaws dropped when we saw that their new album – Legal Tender 2.5  was up for free download! In this day and age, you won’t find many music artists putting up an entire album up for grabs like that. For this reason, we bow down to them!

 

1. They Know How to Rock a Crowd

If you’ve ever seen Culture Shock perform live, you know what we’re talking about! We’ve seen these guys pump up the crowd like no other music group. Not only do the ladies go crazy, but their music sends intense shock waves to your brain making you realize how awesome they are on and off the stage!

Time and time again, Culture Shock proves to be one of the most loved South Asian music groups. We wish them a long and prosperous music life and hope they continue to produce amazing music for many years to come!

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Sonia Panesar Pays Tribute to Jagjit Singh

23Mar

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This is probably one of the most beautiful tributes we’ve come across in memory of the Late Jagjit Singh, the King of Ghazals. Sonia’s voice magically takes us back to the famous 1982 tour Jagjit and Chitra did. It’s almost like Sonia’s voice is being guided by Jagjit’s spirit – a very heartfelt and simple melody – with that 2012 touch to amp up the beat. Charkha Mera Rangla will be out on iTunes April 9th, just in time for Vaisakhi! This Punjabi Folk Smash-Hit was produced by sound extraordinaire Phat Kat!

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15 Coolest Desi Music Artists from California

21Mar

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15. Panjabi Architect

From: Los Angeles

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Although he’s not an architect by profession, he sure can build towering music tracks. Panjabi Architect has the ability to “engineer” eerie and soulful beats together which makes for a relaxing listen. Our favorite track is “Bol Fakira Bol” which incorporates Gurdas Mann’s powerful words. “I think imagination to conceive and create is “architecture” and each beat should be carefully placed, chopped, blended and synchronized to perfection” he says. Well guess what Mr. Architect? You’ve done an amazing job with living up to your name!

14. Baagi

From: Los Angeles

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Baagi is a rapper who can express himself freely in Punjabi. His music and lyrics have an important purpose, in fact, he has touched upon farmer suicides, droughts in India and even the 1984 massacre in Punjab. Baagi is not afraid to rap with intention to spread further awareness about these issues. Our favorite Baagi track includes “Pagaari Sahmbal” which is dedicated to “the bushy bearded, bald headed and everyone in between” says Baagi!

13. Bol Punjab De

From: The Bay Area

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Bol Punjab De started off as simple party DJs in 1998 and morphed into quite talented music producers. With hundreds of performances under their belt, at venues across the nation and worldwide, they have rocked dance floors with smooth mixing and great MC skills. Their hit single “Gera Like a G6” took the Bhangra music industry by storm when they gave “Like a G6” originally sung by Far East Movement a Bhangra makeover.  Their name says it all and they definitely define the sounds of Punjab (with a little urban flair, when necessary!).

12. Doc Bladez

From: Los Angeles

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Bladez has been one of the earliest South Asian adaptors of Turtablism, which even won him awards in the 90’s! If you’ve been lucky enough to see this guy in action, you probably understand what other “tricks” he has up his sleeve. He is one of the few DJs that can rock a party with body tricks while playing mixes of Hip-Hop, Punjabi, and his recent favorite – Dubstep, and Drum n Bass. He has the ability to fuse classic Punjabi folk music and give it a new generation kick-in-the-ass! Check out his 30 minute non-stop mix of of “Desi Dubstep Journey” which we can’t get enough of!

11. Shar S.

From: Central Valley

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Not only can he sing, rap and produce music but he can direct, shoot and edit video flawlessly!  Shar S is a musician and visual artist all in one and pours his creativity out into all his media. His hit single “Akhiyan” produced by RBS Productions has been an all-time favorite for the hopeless romantic. His bad-boy looks and out-of-the-box music videos make the perfect formula for a very creative and successful artist!

10. Hargo Boparai

From: The Bay Area

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If there’s one music producer to put California on the map, it’s Hargo Boparai! His recent album titled “Bhangrafornia” really gave the world a flavor what a talented music producer from the Golden state can really do. With collaborations with Master Salim, Surinder Shinda, Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti and more, Hargo has genuinely showcased true Punjabi roots through his music. Check out his recent music video “Tere Vargi”  shot all over Northern Cali!

9. Hoodini

From: Los Angeles

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Formally known as Jagmeet Singh, Hoodini is a simple kid living outside the city of Angeles, but his talent is far from simple. Hoodini is the epitome of California hip-hop with a voice that flows flawlessly. “King”, his partner in crime, adds the perfect amount of indie flavor with his guitar skills when they perform live together. Watch them in action in our favorite track “Breakfast

 

8. Kanwar Gill

From: Los Angeles

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He’s the famous “Son of a Sardar” and original pioneer of Punjabi rap. Kanwar started his music career with the hip-hop Desi group Karmacy back in the 90’s and has been releasing powerful Punjabi rap lyrics ever since. Kanwar has the ability to rap in Punjabi and English in the same song! The way his words flow, never fail to give us chills down our spine! Just last year, Kanwar teamed up with singer Ladla Punjabi and produced a heart-warming track called “Teer” that really touched the lives of many Sikhs around the world, take a listen!

 

7. Haji Springer

From: The Bay Area

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This guy is like the Mac Dre of the South Asian hip-hop world! With his unique (and at times) explicit lyrics, Haji doesn’t fail to impress with his overall gaudy music and rapping style. He went from a solo gig to a music group called 3 AM and produced the hit single “Bass Hits Hard” which was a chart topper in mainstream American radio stations all over the nation! He’s definitely the poster child of South Asian hip-hop from the Bay Area.

6. Sammy Chand

From: Los Angeles

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Rukus Avenue, one of the first South Asian record label company’s in the U.S. was founded by Sammy Chand in 1996. He really understood the need to produce and manage legit South Asian talent in California and made it happen!  Sammy is a true pioneer when it comes to putting an official stamp on South Asian music. He’s signed plenty of artists along the way and still had time to produce various types of music for his own label. Let’s thank Mr. Sammy Chand for paving the way for California South Asian music artists!

 

5. Raginder Momi

From: The Bay Area

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Ahh, Raginder is a breath of fresh air. He’s not your average music artist, in fact he doesn’t even sing! Raginder is also known as “Violinder” because of his impeccable violin skills. Raginder’s specialty includes producing music covers of well know hip-hop, pop, bhangra and hindi songs with his violin skills. He’s been playing the instrument since the age of 9 and his music is proof of his remarkable talent! Our favorite cover includes Punjabi MC’s “Mirza” take a listen!

4. Mira Veda

From: San Francisco

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Mira taught herself to write music and soon enough, she had enough music to release her own album. Mira is one of the few South Asian female artists hailing out of California. Her connections with the Recording Academy have given her plenty of mainstream existence. Mira is an artist who mostly sings in English but, is never afraid of recording some music in her mother tongue. Thanks for representing the females Mira, we adore you!

3. Pree Mayall

From: Sacramento

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He’s got the look, but don’t mistake him for a UK lad – he’s been born and raised in California! Pree is a Punjabi recording artist who is constantly putting out great Urban Desi music. Teaming up with his DJ/music producing friends is not only fun, but it helps his songs become smash hits, especially in the UK! His latest music video and track “Aaja Aaja” gives you a perfect example of his slick style and dashing good looks!

 

2. Mixman Shawn

From: The Bay Area

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Music has been pumping through his veins since the tender age of 5! Shawn started off his career with The Outfit Entertainment in the early 2000’s and soon after branched out into producing, singing and rapping for his own label- The Diamond Lane. Not only does he have the ability to produce and vocalize his music, he can write riveting lyrics to surely send someone goose bumps. Take a look at his true poetic and artistic side in our favorite music video of his – “Toofan” featuring another Bay Area music artist, Jesse.

 

1. Mandeep Sethi

From: Los Angeles and San Francisco

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Mandeep believes that his microphone is his channel for change and spreading awareness, in other words, social advocacy through music. Sethi has grown up around the influence of hip-hop and its basic fundamentals which he puts to good use. Social consciousness and cultural awareness act as pillars for Sethi’s music and lyrics which surely inspires a complete generation. Sethi enjoys traveling the world, stimulating others consciously while while sowing the seeds of true hip-hop. He has earned the number 1 spot on our list because of his influence to the South Asian hip-hop movement in the Western countries and in most of South Asia.

Think we missed someone? E-mail us at urbandesiradio@gmail.com and let us know!

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4 Leading Ladies of Urban Desi Music

19Mar

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4. Kazz Kumar

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The trendy Kazz Kumar started her music career with the Sona Family back in 2002. But, it didn’t take her long to break away from the group and take a solo route for herself. We love her because she’s the poster-child for South Asian pop culture! She’s not afraid to take chances and be fashionably crazy, (we’re talking about Nicki Minaj-crazy!). This girl can sing, rap, dress and pretty much do everything a glitzy pop star can!

 

3. Hard Kaur

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Believe it or not, Hard Kaur also started out with the Sona Family!  Hard Kaur has gone from aspiring hip-hop artist to one of the top hip-hop playback singers in Bollywood. She has been claimed as “the first Indian female rapper”. With a full-resume of Bollywood films under her belt, Hard Kaur continues to push out striking, hip-hop filled music for South Asian music.

 

2. Nindy Kaur

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All hail the female version of RDB! Nindy has added a splendid touch of femininity to RDB’s music and style. She proves that the females can go hard just as well as the guys! Her smash hit “2 Seater” became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular dance/ club tracks in 2011. Keep doing your thing Nindy!

 

1. M.I.A.

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In 2009 she was cited in Time magazine’s Time 100 as one of the world’s most influential people for her global influence. Not only is she a musical performing artist – she’s a visual artist, a fashion designer and most importantly, a global activist. A woman of all trick and trades, who has broken out into mainstream music, exactly why she’s makes the number one spot on our list!

 

Feel like we missed someone who should be on this list?

E-mail us at urbandesiradio@gmail.com

 

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UDR Album of the Week: World Famous (Panjabi Hit Squad)

17Mar

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This week we’ve picked Panjabi Hit Squad, over the last few months we’ve been teased by their tracks! This album is certainly not one to be ignored!

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5 Heartthrob Urban Desi Singers the Ladies’ Love

15Mar

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5. Junai Kaden

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He’s a protégé of Mumzy Stranger but has a completely different swagger. Junai burst out onto the Desi music scene in 2011 with his smash hit single Aaja Mere Naal. This song took the South Asian music scene scene by storm and proved to the ladies he’s definitely a sexy singer with lyrics to only tease!

 

4. Lomaticc

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Oh, Lomaticc! Not only is he a favorite with the ladies but, his passionate singing voice can put someone in a major love lockdown. He fits perfectly as Culture Shock’s lead singer with dashing boyish charm and a wonderful voice. Oh, and that jaw line – it’s a killer! Watch him in action in Culture Shock’s smash hit single Ex’ed Up.

 

3. H-Dhami

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Smashing good looks. Check. An amazing singing voice. Check. A heart of gold. Double Check! Ask anyone who has met him, he truly resonates humility and elegant charm. He’s been a ladies’ man since day one and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. Get a sneak peek of his charm in our favorite H-Dhami song Haar Gabroo.

 

2. Imran Khan

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Females often tell us how sexy he is. “He’s someone I would totally do naughty things with!” said one female fan. Well, you know what? We don’t blame her because there’s just something about Imran’s bad-boy persona and talent that attracts all types of females. Want a lil’ taste of his bad-boy flavor? Check him out in one of his sexiest music videos Bewafa.

 

1. Jay Sean

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Jay Sean is a Grade A, certified ladies man! This guy has specialized in making the girls go complete gaga. Not only because of his striking good looks but, his amazing ability to sing  dreamy ballads that really send the ladies into orbit. Jay Sean has proven time and time again that he will always be in the hearts of most South Asian ladies! We can’t get enough of him in our favorite song Ride It.

 

Think someone should be on this list?

 Tweet us @UrbanDesiRadio or drop us a line on our Facebook and let us know!

 

 

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Metz n Trix still at Number One!

10Mar

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March 4th the talented Northern duo, Metz and Trix made history knocking off Will.I.Am, J.LO and Mick Jagger to claim the number one on the UK Urban Music Charts. They also are number one on UDR Top 5 workout tracks. One of Petz favorite tunes to sweat out to. We’ve been receiving numerous inquiries about the track after Miss Banga played it on the UDR Podcast.

Metz n Trix collaborated with pioneering DJ/Producer Surinder Rattan, who added his magic touch to the track.

You’ll be able to purchase the track on iTunes at the end of March.

3 Desi Dub-Step Artists You May Not Know About

3Mar

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3. G-Ta

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G-Ta is into experimenting Punjabi music with Dub-step and Drum & Bass.  “He is definitely in the vanguard of the new collection of producers on the electronic side of Asian music coming out of Dubai, India and Pakistan!” – Bobby Friction

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2. Dub Sharma

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This guy was an 8th grader when her entered the electronic music scene and started using beat programs to produce hip-hop and bhangra beats. Dub Sharma was introduced to the world in 2010 with his track “Raaz” featuring Jeetu Ramachandran. Since then he’s be discovered by numerous South Asian radio DJs around the world!

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1. Kumarachi

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2011 was Kumarachi’s year! Let’s just say Bobby Friction really spread the word about this guys impecible talent to fuse industrial dub-step beats with melodious Desi sounds. His tracks “Bombay Sapphire”, “Keep Moving”, and “Chasing Ghosts” are some of his hottest tracks which have gained much notoriety in the past year!

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Hor Pila De Promo (Diary of a Butterfly)

26Feb

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We reported Brit-Asian superstar Taz was named musical director for the upcoming film “Diary of a Butterfly”  starring Udita Goswami & Rati Adnihotr. Here’s a snip of Hor Pila De. Taz made a smart move when he decided to crossover to Bollywood. Although we know he gets homesick (missing his beans on toast) the amount of time and energy he’s invested in this film will be unveiled March 2nd. No doubt this is only the first in a series of musical director roles for Taz. Bollywood is surely blessed.