Tag: Bobby Friction

We Raise Our Glass to Tony Singh Pabla

26Sep

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Customers adored him… Artists loved him and the tributes painted Tony as a person who would do anything for someone trying to break into the scene – but not expect anything in return. And that’s how he will always be remembered.

That integrity and passion is so rare in the scene, Tony was truly a gem.

I never met Tony, but shortly after Punjab2000.com launched, I signed up for the message board. It was a great place to network and chat about music.

When Tony passed away – petty differences between were put aside, the UK Asian Scene came together to remember him. There were over two million social media interactions about Tony.

Sunny and Shay & Bobby Friction gave artists, Tony’s family & friends and fans of Punjab2000.com a platform to tell stories and give their condolences to his family.

We raise a glass to you Lionheart – Rest in Power Tony.

UK Asian Radio Diaries

25Sep

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I have a soft spot for Asian Radio and presenters, similar to the way Rich Lieberman has a soft spot for the Bay Area media. He’s one of my favourite media bloggers. But when I hear presenters being treated unfairly, I see the red. I get really angry. No one is talking about it. No one is blogging about it.

I once got really upset with someone from the marketing team (at one of our team meetings) during my time at AsianFX. The marketing team did so much for Panjab Radio…but presenters at AsianFX – we were getting sloppy seconds.

Presenters are unique creatures (whether they got talent or not) we (listeners) invite presenters into our homes, our cars, our offices and our bedrooms. Ahhh… I miss Bobby Friction’s late night show.  They keep us informed, they entertain us and they become almost like a friend. There’s a special bond between the presenter and their listeners.

UK Asian Radio Diaries… it’s not going to be something I’m going to dwell on. But when something isn’t right, as far as presenters are concern, I want them to know that they can drop me a line anytime here at UDR. This isn’t a bash session, there are some good things that should be noted. You always have to give credit where credit is due.

I thought about this and I know there could be consequences, but I’m not affiliated to any stations and I think people getting treated badly in Asian Radio has gone on long enough. It’s time we start talking about it and making workplaces an environment for presenters to thrive in.

If you’re a presenter on a zero hour contract… fyi you do have rights. Read here.

– It looks like Raj Baddhan and his team had a great time at the Sabras 20 year anniversary party. Our timelines and airwaves were filled with #Sabras20 promos. According to party-goers and supporters – they had a great night and I quote from one person “#Sabras20 should get the best Asian Jam award” Wow… speaking of awards… Sabras has an UK AMA nomination for “The Best Regional Station” Congrats!

– Kudos to Lyca Radio/Dil Se for their money giveaway contest. A presenter will call a listener and the listener has to say/sing LycaRadio or Dil Se. But again there’s no massive promotion behind it. The listeners seem pretty clueless.

– Keep your ears peeled a well loved and respected presenter coming soon to Sunrise

– Want to be a presenter? Lyca Radio is still hiring, particularly for the weekends and fill in shifts. It’s ideal for folks who live in and around Central London or the SE area.

– A few weeks ago…LycaRadio team hosted a scrumptious dinner with all the trimmings for their staff. Perhaps management figured “If we feed the presenters… they won’t lash out at us.” But truthfully… Presenters are frustrated, mid management feels overwhelmed and upper management has no clue what goes on behind the scenes at the Battersea Studios. It didn’t take too long for one veteran presenter with over 20+ years experience to stormed in like Amrish Puri and announced “I QUIT!!!!” He threw his station fob key at one of the managers. The   person leading the meeting didn’t seem to care and someone from station management team burst out laughing (which others watched in utter silence). Needless to say you could cut the tension with the knife. After dinner presenters left still feeling frustrated, but their bellies were full. That has to count for something right?

– Someone from LycaRadio‘s mid management was told if they were caught talking to anyone from Sunrise Radio they will be fired. Nice huh? But let’s face it, the UK Asian Radio scene is so big, yet so small. I’m not sure if presenters got the same memo, it’s one thing not to talk about confidential activities (that’s a no brainer) but not being able to say “hello” or hang out with an old colleague – that’s just bonkers.

Sunrise’s social media was in the gutter earlier this year, but with the help of Bliss PR and social savvy presenters they have done a 360. “This Is Sunrise” is a much better social identity than their old one . Dare I say… those weird late night tweets with flowers, teddy bears and cheesy joke memes are a thing of the past. They definitely increased their engagement numbers at the London Mela.

– How come LycaRadio and Dil Se were MIA at the London Mela? Our inside sources tell us the presenters don’t get paid for outdoor events. Again… they missed out on a huge opportunity to mingle with their listeners and to get their brand out there. Could this be one of the many reasons why the presenters feel frustrated?

Got a tip? Need to vent? Email us urbandesiradio[@]gmail.com

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.

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!

Kumarachi – Chasing Ghosts by kumarachi

Whitney Houston: A triple threat talent…

12Feb

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I’m still in shell-shock over Whitney Houston’s death, I saw the breaking news story come up on my fb timeline. I googled it and all the articles confirmed the worst – Whitney Houston, Dead at 48.  Growing up in the 80s, there were two stars I always looked forward to seeing on the TV and they were Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Their songs were truly iconic during that tremulous decade. Whitney had this caliber talent to carry a tune, to the point where most of us would of gone breathless – she could still harmoniously sync to the beat.

I’ll remember Whitney as a triple threat. She could sing, dance and act. As I mention on my facebook, if you are remotely BLESSED with one of those talents it can take you far – but if you have all three – there’s NO LIMITS to your potential. However the demons Whitney faced, like so many of our talented superstars were drugs. She coined the term on the 2002 Diane Sawyer interview “crack is whack” that open a can of worms for comedians to poke fun at her. Right now there’s silence, no one is laughing – all we hear is her amazing vocals coming out of our speakers, TVs, computers and smart phones.

People are suspecting the cause of death had to do with drugs, we won’t know until the coroner report comes out. In my opinion, I think her heart just gave out on her. Dr. Drew talked about addict recovery on CNN, if he had been treating Whitney, he would of advised her to take two years off. In 2010, Whitney told Oprah she was clean, I think she just bit off more than she could chew and it killed her. For those of us who have dealt with drugs issues, whether its our own or family/friends, the rule is take one day at a time. Sometimes planning ahead can lead to one’s demise.

I’ll miss Whitney. But like all great artists, her legacy will live through her music and talent. Be sure to watch the Grammys tonight, Jennifer Hudson will pay special tribute to Whitney Houston.

Urban Desi Artists/Talent comments on Whitney….

Taz (Stereo Nation) – I am very sad today as one of my favorite singers has unfortunately passed away. She was an inspiration to artists all over the world, may her soul rest in peace. She truly had the voice of an angel. GOD BLESS

S-Endz/Casey Rain – RIP Whitney Houston :(

Diamond Duggal – I was talking about Whitney’s talent just yesterday…a few hours later I heard the news…a very sad loss…

Mira Veda – RIP Whitney

Mentor Beats – RIP Whitney Houston. Life is too short. Enjoy it while you can. God bless x

The Truth – I know im late but R.I.P one of the greatest ever to do it….Whitney Houston! My love is your love…P

Panjabi Hit Squad – RIP Whitney Houston :-(

Indy Beats – She sung like an Angel but spent too much time in the company of the Devil – R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Sullee J – R.I.P (Picture of Whitney with Tupac)

Mixman Shawn – R.I.P. Whitney Houston…

Tarli Digital – Whitney Houston? RIP? Noooooooo! :-(

Sunny Sahota – RIP Whitney

Raxstar – Damn. #RIPWHITNEY

Bobby Friction – I brought her debut single on 12″ back in my teens…I fell in love with her.xx RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON

Raghav – I can’t believe it… Whitney houston.. We’ll miss u.. All vocalists try to reach that level of vocal perfection… Stunned..

Bohemia – RIP the great Whitney Houston. Will always love you.

Jay Sean – This is so so tragic.Another legend just gone.There were No gimmicks, no tricks, no autotune with her.Whitney was just brilliant.That’s all

H Dhami – Warrup ma people..top night of gigs,apart 4m hearing da tragic passing away off the legend Whitney Houston… A voice that will live 4ever x

MC Special – Just heard the sad news of the loss of #Whitney #Houston RIP 1963-2012 totally in shock. Great vocalist

Swami Baracus – Still sad to hear of whitney houston… this woman was the benchmark for how other voices were judged. Another talent lost to recreation…

Nindy Kaur – RIP Whitney Houston…she was a great singer and will be remembered. I really liked some of her songs, especially…

RDB – Wow another legendary voice gone :( Rest In Peace Whitney Houston…fans please keep her daughter and family in your prayers – RDB

Janina Gavankar – ….just found out about Whitney.

DJ Fricktion – Omg Whitney Houston Died? Shocking!!

Maz (Bonafide) – R.I.P Whitney Houston… Despite her controversy she had a voice that will be remembered forever.A true diva and legend.

Ziggy (Bonafide) – R.I.P Whitney houstan. We just lost a legend.

Desi Comedy – Jeff Ross did real time Whitney Houston jokes… Wow and definitely not too soon.

DJ Rekha – here is when i truly hope this soul will rest in peace for it seems she had little or none in her short life. Whitney Houston RIP

Humble The Poet – Whitney Houston Dead at 48 That is definitely a voice the world will miss One Love

UK Asian Music Awards 2011

10Mar

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THE WINNERS

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Apache Indian
  • Commitment to the Scene Award – Corner Shop
  •  Album –  ”Crowd Pleaser” by PBN
  •  Female Act – Preeya Kalidas
  •  Male Act – Jay Sean
  •  Video – “2012″ with Jay Sean and Nicki Minaj
  •  Urban Act – Mumzy Stranger
  • Newcomer  – Jernade Miah
  •  International Album – “American Desi” by DJ Sanj
  •  Music Producer – SukshnderShinda
  •  Desi Act – Jaz Dhami
  •  International Act – Miss Pooja
  •  Alternative Act – Rumer
  •  Radio Show – Bobby Friction
  •  Club DJ – DJ Kayper
  •  British Single – “Kaun Nee Jaanda” by Punjabi by Nature

 

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Photos courtesy of Desi-Box and BBC Asian Network

Wiley Brings on a Desi MC…

19Feb

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Earlier last night, Wiley has been vigorously promoting his tour, he extended an invitation to his hater base to come see him live, maybe they will have a change of heart after the show. He’s invited a Desi MC to come up on stage with him, not sure if it’s for the whole tour or just one show. The Jay Sean and Wiley banter has calm down over the last week, but there are still some “ethnic banter” floating around. I wouldn’t even go as far as calling it ethnic banter, but just pure banter.

From @WileyArtist – “if you hate wiley you defo need to be there cos by the end of the night yoou would of changed your views ive got an asian mc ready to mc”

Wiley, we are looking forward to part 2 of your interview on Bobby “Bob” Friction show.

Can’t stay good…why would we want to? ;)

8Feb

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We played this track on the Junction last week, I have to say it gave me a musical orgasm. Let’s see if this stimulates your… ears :) hehe. Hit up @MixmanShawn for the track to play on your radio show or lock into your mp3 player.

Petz UK AMAs Picks…

7Feb

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I don’t believe in Award Shows, I think we should just celebrate the music as is and let it speak for itself. I tell artist that a trophy isn’t your acclaim to fame, the only thing it attracts is dustmites. Just like my opinion won’t matter too much. I’m simply competing with the other founder of Urban Desi Radio, most of you in twitter world know her as Miss Banga (Mandeep Banga). If I’m wrong with my prediction, she gets to hit me in the face with a pie, if she’s wrong, I get to hit her in the face with a pie, if we are both wrong we both get to hit each other with a pie. I prefer berry pie, nom nom nom.

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BEST ALBUM
Foji – Dafa Hoja
Mumzy Stranger – Journey Begins
Panjabi MC – The Raj
PBN – Crowd Pleaser
Sukshinder Shinda – Jadoo

Petz Pick: PMC The Raj – believe me though each of these albums there was something I liked, The Raj is NOT my favorite PMC album, Indian Timing rocked my world.

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BEST NEWCOMER
Foji
Gary Sandhu
Jaya
Jernade Miah
Rumer

Petz Pick: Foji – he just came out of nowhere, he produced some pretty good videos for someone just starting out. When I was doing a show on AM radio in the states, people wanted to hear Dafa Hoja. It could be a tie too between Foji and Garry. Dil De De always gets stuck in my head!

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BEST PRODUCER
Aman Hayer
Panjabi MC
PBN
Rishi Rich
Sukshinder Shinda

Petz Pick: Rishi Rich – He’s done some amazing work with Mumzy and Veronica, now he’s off to start a new chapter in his life with Timbaland’s camp, I think this will be his last AMA, we will be hearing more about him in the mainstream. I still believe he will stay true to his roots tho…

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BEST RADIO SHOW
Bobby Friction –‘Friction’
Neev – Kiss 100
Nihal – On BBC Asian Network
Nikki Neru – Buzz Asia
Noreen Khan – on BBC Asian Network

Petz Pick: Bobby Fiction – With the threat of the Asian Network closing, he’s been inspiring us all to continue to fight and keep it open. The points he made on that channel 4 special sent chills down my spine. I love his spirit and his passion for music. I’m happy to see Buzz Asia on the list, a few of my old c0-workers from AFX are now presenting on Buzz, so if Bobby doesn’t get the AMA, I hope Nikki gets it.

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BEST FEMALE ACT
Hard Kaur
Jaya
Kazz Kumar
MIA
Preeya Kalidas

Petz Pick: Kazz Kumar – Two Words – Dirty Word haha. Kazz has worked hard this past year, I have a feeling 2011 will be her year.

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BEST MALE ACT
Jay Sean
Jaz Dhami
Juggy D
Mumzy Stranger
Sukshinder Shinda

Petz Pick: Mumzy Stranger – I got my first dose of Mumzy from Taz’s album Rewind Selecka, I feel in love with his voice. You guys probably think I’m crazy for not picking Jay Sean, no disrespect to Jay, I just think it’s not fair to put him in a category. He’s had his AMA time, let the others have their time to shine.

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BEST ALTERNATIVE ACT
BoTown
Karen David
Nasha
Navin Kundra
Rumer

Petz Pick: Navin Kundra – Jee Li ripped through the top 10 charts over the UK, this section always seems to be my favorite section. If it was up to me, all the artists would get an award.

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BEST CLUB DJ
DJ Ams
DJ H
DJ Kayper
DJ Vix
Jags Klimax

Petz Pick: DJ Kayper – I’m still working up a sweat to her 2080s remix tape at the gym, its a great time killer too.

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BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
Gunjan
Harbhajan Mann
Master Saleem
Miss Pooja
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Petz Pick: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – he had a lot of sold out concerts here in the states last year. I’ll admit I’m a sucker for qawwalis too. I know the popular choice is Miss Pooja, we all know she gets featured on 90% of the bhangra tracks out there.

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BEST DESI ACT
Jaz Dhami
Jazzy B
Juggy D
Shin DCS
Sukshinder Shinda

Petz Pick: Juggy D – I had a tough time picking someone, I really liked Sukhshinder’s new album. I like Jaz Dhami as well, but I think he needs to push himself to start his new album, although a friend told me he’s really trying to push his brother, which is sweet, but I want to hear more of him. I think Juggy is on a pressure cooker, just ready to explode with his upcoming album.

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BEST URBAN ACT
Jay Sean
Menis
MIA
Mumzy Stranger
Raghav

Petz Pick: Mumzy Stranger – I think MIA and Jay Sean have outgrown the AMAs, especially MIA. Menis, Raghav and Mumzy are the true contenders of this category, it’s ashame the two who had the second highest votes behind MIA and Jay Sean won’t get a chance to compete.

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BEST VIDEO
Jay Sean ft. Nicki Minaj – 2012
Juggy D – Panjabi Rockstar
MIA – XXXO
Mumzy Stranger – Fly With Me
PBN ft. H Dhami – Gerah

Petz Pick: Gerah – I still think putting these videos against MIA and Jay Sean isn’t fair at all,  I know Jay Sean will probably win it, but I think Punjabi By Nature and H Dhami did a decent job. I was expecting something a little more unique from Juggy D, so I was slightly disappointed by his music video

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BEST INTERNATIONAL ALBUM

DJ Sanj – American Desi
Gunjan – Echos
Harbhajan Mann – Vaari
Master Saleem – Jind Mai
Miss Pooja – Janjaban

Petz Pick: American Desi – It was on the SimplyBhangra charts for a long time, I loved the Milna Zaroori track feat. Taz. While others felt this album was watered down, I enjoyed it.

Will Bobby Friction leave the UK?

19Jan

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These next few weeks will be crucial, as a fan of the Asian Network, in particular, Bobby Friction’s show, he truly inspires me – we will find out if the Asian Network will be off the air for good. In one email exchange with Marc Strippel (BBC employee), back in September, he seemed optimistic.

The station in many ways – despite the ongoing work on the strategic review work there is some really great output and outreach work going on.” according to Mark.

But you can make your calls to complain and to try to save the BBC Asian Network.  03700100222, remember calling from the states at 011 44. Add #savebbcasiannetwork on your twitter.

Last week, on Bobby’s facebook, he wrote… Time to leave the UK for good? he got a massive response from his friends and fans.

  • Daljit Kaur Chhokar que?

    January 11 at 5:18am
  • Imranio Jilanio Nahiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin! #DramaticBollywoodMusic

    January 11 at 5:40am
  • Ian Golding why’s that then. whats up then bobby? who’s upset you bro

    January 11 at 5:43am
  • Heather Lockard-Wheeler What! Where would you go?

    January 11 at 5:43am
  • Nita Duggal No you should not JU K wont be the same without u!

    January 11 at 5:45am
  • Parm Panesar I’ve heard so many people say that recently…

    January 11 at 6:40am ·
  • Bobby Friction Hey..not upset.x As parm has just said, Ive heard a lot of people say it recently…last time I felt a tinge of it was during the last recession in early 90’s….also generally the UK seems to be having problems with multi culturalism at mo, and sometimes I feel like I’m treated like a stranger in this land…last time I felt like that was 70s/early 80s.

    January 11 at 6:48am
  • Fari Bradley How are you treated as a stranger in this land? You’re part of what made it what it is today.

    January 11 at 6:56am
  • Firouzeh Razavi Yeah if I can the chance to im gonna take it! X Its awful here now :-( x

    January 11 at 7:00am ·
  • Padma Aon I did and i returned but prob go again …people also make a place …

    January 11 at 7:01am
  • Heather Lockard-Wheeler Intolerance is everywhere – you think that by this day and age we wouldn’t be so petty … Good luck!

    January 11 at 7:10am ·
  • Bobby Friction I know what u mean Fari…but just try being a brown man with a beard in a town outside the major cities…no one smiles at u even if you’re smiling at them, no one makes eye contact…and the vibes…oh the vibes….I know when I’m getting bad vibes, yaknowwhatimean?

    January 11 at 7:23am ·
  • ‘Ali Zaidi Middlesbrough ain’t so bad. I was there with a beard for 8 years, and no problems (well pretty much).

    January 11 at 7:40am
  • Sledge Vega

    Hey Bobby. Seriously… someone looks weird, doesn’t smile, ignorin you, take a sec and get into offense …… ask for the way, ask for the next cornershop, ask for something, make em talk to you…. make a joke, wish them a nice day and leave them …for good with the feeling they had it wrong….be a scientist in this situation and check if your feeling was rite, because part of your feeling could be self-fulfilling-prophecy... you get the feeling and might not able to shake it off…and thats wot makes tings really difficult then….UK is your turf, man….hold to itSee More

    January 11 at 7:46am
  • Heather Lockard-Wheeler Mr. Sledge Vega I like the way you think! We should all try and operate that way – being nice and kind while maintaining our inner strength.

    January 11 at 7:53am
  • Sledge Vega ‎:) Thanx. They say you learn to fight, to avoid fighting in the end. So everyone of us should be a perfect warrior, i guess …. this is just my way of being a warrior in present life.

    January 11 at 8:13am
  • Bobby Friction Sledge..totally up with yo philosophy…totally practice is too, which is why I said “even if you’re smiling”…can u imagine me being quiet, non cooperative etc? The point is whichever way u look at it, a brown male is treated suspiciously in the ‘regions’ coz of what’s going on in the world right now, and coz of how Britain as a society is dealing with it.xx get what u mean about staying in the UK….its my home & I’d hate to walk away..x

    January 11 at 8:16am
  • Terry Hooligan my thoughts exactly!

    January 11 at 8:24am
  • Rajan Jangda ‘Nfnitm’

    ‎”also generally the UK seems to be having problems with multi culturalism at mo, and sometimes I feel like I’m treated like a stranger in this land…last time I felt like that was 70s/early 80s.” <<< I know exactly what you mean, this seems to be getting more racist, ive experienced it formally, informally, academically, institutionally and socially, ive been hearing cousins who work in motorsport, tv, media and IT say that old proverb “you have to work 3 times harder than the white man to even get noticed”, and everytime i look at people every day i see the divisions becoming more and more evidentSee More

    January 11 at 8:42am ·
  • Sledge Vega

    ‎@Bobby nah bruv, we know you ain’t a quiet type and i totally get your frustration about the whole situation. This is just a reminder …..
    we will always be foreigners, aliens, …some of you guys in britain, me in germany, even in the countries, where our parents were raised, and i guess a lot of ppl out there, whereever they are, will face same things in different ways….if not by race, then in other ways…. this will never change unless humans unite against some extraterrestrials, you know the movies….in the end, it can’t be bout wot happens in the media, the country or wotever, unless we talking bout the masses, the mob (not the mafia-type, the social-type) … if its not about you in the mob or against the mob….. its very often about you and other individuals…… and its your choice to say, yes somethings going down and it has to do with how i look and you start playing this game ( – which is definetely an option -) or you just keep that in mind and say to yourself ‘i don’t play that shit’ at no point of that game. This is a discussion i often have with my own brother. Like i said, i totally feel you…we need to work harder, we have to be more eager to get wot we want, but the strongest of us, are the ones that seems to ignore, what is happening out there….. doesn’t mean that they don’t face it, try to to forget or something….. no …. they just don’t play that game…. ergo i make my own rules by which i am living and home is whereever i decide to be.See More

    January 11 at 8:51am
  • S Endz Neofunk

    Bobby – those EXACT reasons, along with my personal issues with living under David Cameron’s rule (if you remember the encounter that Diamond and I had with him on a plane that was printed in The Guardian), are why that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m sick to death of this country and i’m in the process of getting my greencard to move to the US permanently later this year. Fuck this backward-ass, institutionally racist country. The system in this country only works for the middle class whites, and all the money/power here stays in the hands of the same families that it’s always been on for hundreds of years…. no coincidence that David Cameron is the descendant of royalty and went to Eton. I’d much rather be somewhere that has elected a minority as their president… meaning that everyone has the same chances to do whatever they want regardless of their ethnic or social status. Plus, every time I’m there I can’t help but feel there’s just WAY more potential for me as a musician. I’m done with the UK, and aside from family and a few close friends, I’m not gonna miss it.See More

    January 11 at 8:54am ·
  • Hetul Chagane i think i just made the wrong decision moving to Portugal to Uk! Uni fees just rised like hell! and its so f word difficult to find a nice decent job without any special contact, oh dam!

    January 11 at 9:54am
  • Rajan Jangda ‘Nfnitm’ ‎@Hetul – plus side is the economy isn’t on the brink of collapse

    January 11 at 9:56am
  • Hetul Chagane thats true lol =)

    January 11 at 10:09am
  • Neil Nebesnuick Do you need a lift to the airport!!

    January 11 at 10:23am
  • Bobby Friction maybe not as militant as S-Endz – i do feel less judged on a day to day level in the US – trouble is America is Freeer than most & more oppressive than most too. America can be as good as god & as evil as satan all in the same day…xxx Still – Good luck with yo green card.x

    January 11 at 10:49am ·
  • S Endz Neofunk

    As a liberal, I’m happy to stay in the “Blue States”…. those are the places that hold the most interest for me anyhow…. Oregon, California, New York, Washington, etc….. most of the “Red States” are places I have little interest in going, like Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Alaska! I can honestly say I have never felt a shred of oppression in the states where people are smart, and vote Democrat…. it’s those Republicans in the Red States who voted for Bush and think that Palin would make a great president that you gotta be afraid of!!!See More

    January 11 at 10:56am ·
  • Rajan Jangda ‘Nfnitm’ and this ‘Tea Party’

    January 11 at 10:57am ·
  • S Endz Neofunk

    Don’t get me started on that moronic Tea Party movement…. they aren’t even a party… just a group of fundamentalist crazy Republicans trying (and failing miserably) at shedding the bad PR associated with the Republicans… unfortunately they’ve made themselves look even dumber in the process… you see that map on Palin’s website with crosshairs over the names/locations of certain Democrats? Then, some psycho shot the Democrat congresswoman in Arizona, one of the people on Palin’s map…. Palin essentially has blood on her hands for promoting these sort of radical ideas…. who would have thought these right wing nutjobs would have been able to find a politician even dumber than George W Bush?See More

    January 11 at 11:03am
  • Ruth Cheshire Could it just be the living in a city thing ? Everyone’s so friendly in our village :) all colours, creeds and blow ins from around the map xx

    January 11 at 11:27am ·
  • Hmd Dhillon Canada welcomes you Bobby anytime! we have our little run in’s here and there but in the most part Canada is the Country of the future! True multi-culturalism! everyone is respected with major ethnic diversity here.

    January 11 at 12:00pm
  • Irfan Hasan I know the feeling Bobby, I’m looking to go Uni this year and then plan to leave for good! plan to go to the Sytes, more space and opportunities and The u.k climate just isn’t good for us Tropical people!

    January 11 at 12:22pm
  • Reza Mann to be honest yaar there aint no “real place” to be anymore. even the land down under sucks now!

    January 11 at 4:56pm
  • Ami Dhillon The doors are always open for you and our Sis all the way in NZ xxxxx

    January 11 at 8:01pm · 
  • Mango Dolly bobby. i’m moving to india, via a quick tour of south, central and north amrika.come with me. i’m serious. big tings aguan. call me x

    January 11 at 8:38pm
  • Filmi Bollygirl time to live with us in NYC…

    January 11 at 8:56pm ·
  • Ninad Satpute Come to India. Everyone looks like you. The food is better. The women prettier. And your music will have more takers,.

    January 11 at 10:49pm ·
  • Rishi Rishpal Rich Come visit me in NYC

    January 12 at 1:18am
  • Sean Dinsmore Bobby, you always looked happy in Bangkok…I’m just sayin’ 😉

    January 12 at 3:37am
  • Pam Sidhu The lost generation…the indians don’t see us as indian and the english don’t see us as english…

    January 12 at 4:30am via Facebook Mobile
  • Bobby Friction ‎@Ami Must visit NZ soon, @Filmi seriously considering dat, @Rishi sooner than you think!, @Sean Oi!!!

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