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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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Where Does Jay Sean Go?

12Jun

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Last week, Jay Sean dropped a new song/video “Where Do We Go” some of his fans have raved that he was born to sing slow jams, but it leaves me wondering has his time run out with Cash Money? Clearly “Down” was no joke, it blew up the charts – but “2012” and “Hit The Lights” didn’t rock the charts. Even with Nikki Minaj (2012) and Lil Wayne (Hit The Lights) on featured those tracks. With his years of experience — especially after parting ways with Virgin Records, hopefully he has a back up plan with its time to say goodbye to Cash Money. In the meantime, if you are going through a breakup, put on this track….

Happy 21st Birthday to Vidur Kapur

15Feb

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Ok, we lied, he’s not 21, he’s really 25 – but age is just a number right? 😉 In any case he’s celebrating a birthday, if you haven’t seen him on LOGO, New York Comedy Club or on a tour in your city – make it a point to go see him! His humor is outrageous and FABulous with a capital FAB :) We love you Vidur! Happy Birthday!

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Petz (Founder of Urban Desi Radio) Tina, Vidur Kapur and Miss Banga (Founder of Urban Desi Radio)

Cagebird Official Video (Mandeep Sethi)

15Feb

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Cagebird was one of my favorite tracks off Mandeep Sethi’s new album Poor Peoples Planet. When I saw Mandeep a few weeks ago, he told Mixman Shawn, AJ and myself this was an experimental album, I feel it speaks for the folks who can’t speak out do to a repress society and some artists living in fear of speaking their minds. Mandeep doesn’t hold back on this album, it’s a conscious flow of thoughts to wake our unconscious state of mind.

Directed By: Fridge Media

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Save this date – March 5th 2k11 – Yoni Ki Baat

14Feb

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Come out and support the South Asian Sisters, the monolougs will make you laugh, cry and laugh some more! Yoni Ki Baat was inspired by Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. The South Asian Sisters have successfully produced Yoni Ki Baat, for the past seven years.  A portion of ticket proceeds will go to Narika, an organization committed to putting a stop to domestic abuse and violence in the South Asian community.

Please Forward On!

In celebration of International Women’s Day, South Asian Sisters present a brand new script with moving, sensational, disturbing, titillating, and hilariously raw performances submitted by South Asian Women across the country! In keeping with the spirit of ending violence against women, a portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to Narika to assist survivors of domestic violence.

We’ll have two shows, both located at the Women’s Building in San Francisco!

Saturday, March 5th, 7:00 PM Buy Tickets

More information can be found at our website

We hope to see you there!!!

In Community,
South Asian Sisters

Painted Skies – Seba (Panjabi Architect)

14Feb

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Panjabi Architect’s beats puts me in a dream state, it just makes me want to close my eyes and drift out of my body. Painted Skies and Seba’s vocals are perfectly composed and marinated into one.

Painted Sky – Seba (Panjabi Architect’s Heavy Rotation Remix) by panjabiarchitect

Get advice PERSONALLY from Swami Guava

14Feb

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To use underarm deodorant or not? That is the question, the wacky the question the better. Swami Guava, your personal swami to every thing you could possibly imagine, but be warn he puts a humorous twist to his advice. He’s a character on DesiComedy.com. Please join DesiComedy.com Fan Page and submit your question. Swami Gauva will personally address you and your question on Desi Comedy youtube channel.

S-End Valentines Day Treat to his Neo Souljas

14Feb

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Oh S-Endz, besides free music downloads another way to my heart is anything EXCLUSIVE you put out. For all of you fans of Swami and personal S-Endz, this is super Valentines Day Treat… a sneak peak of Fashion, he adds that one of a kind Neofunk flavor with Kazz Kumar (whose responsible for making me say dirty words) enjoy this clip. I’m looking forward to featuring this track on the Junction!

**FREE DOWNLOAD** Tere Bajo feat. Jasbir S. Thabal

14Feb

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I’m sure we can all agree, for those who celebrate Valentines day, there’s nothing WORSE then a cheap Valentine! But there’s nothing better then FREE music :) With the artist’s permission of course 😉 We don’t advocate free downloads here on Urban Desi Radio. Hari B knows the way to my heart  = good music (especially when it’s free to all the Urban Desi Radio listeners). I don’t think I’ve witnessed so many single releases on Valentines Day, but this is the FIRST free download. Jasbir’s voice shows the world that although the US maybe slow when it comes to producing strong Bhangra talent compared to our UK counterparts – we can still hold our own and he’s got the goods! Along with Hari-B’s musical touch.

DOWNLOAD TERE BAJO

Tere Bajo – Jasbir Thabal Feat. Hari-B by HariBMusic

TERE BAJO (WITHOUT YOU)
Song: Tere Bajo (Without You)
Singer: Jasbir S. Thabal
Writer: Lehmber Samra
Music: Hari-B

Jasbir S. Thambal
Northern California hails a new up and coming Folk vocalist, Jasbir Singh Thabal . Jasbir first came onto the scene in 2006 when he joined the Bay Area Bhangra Empire as their singer. In 2009 he was recruited by Virse De Waris, a popular traditional bhangra team, to sing for them. During that time he took lessons from Ustad Sultan Akhtar, where in a short time he learned a lot. He is strongly influenced by great artist like Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Harbhajan Maan, and Surjit Khan. His upcoming song “Tere Bajo” is a bay area collaboration started by Jasbir and song writer Lehmber Samra from San Jose CA.

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Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, Hari-B is starting to show his impact on the bhangra scene on an international level. From a young age, bhangra has been a major influential part of Hari’s life. He first started to recognize the production side of bhangra at the age of 17. He has now evolved into producing/remixing and promoting.
Heavily motived from the sounds of Dj H, Aman Hayer, Sukshinder Shinda, and Dr.Zeus. Hari created his first debut track Jawani feat. Honey Sehra which was feat. on Ameet Chana’s Bhangra Breakdown and was introduced by Dr.Zeus himself. Jawani since then has aired in the USA, Canada and UK.
Hari looks to make his professional debut with his first mainstream release. Collaborating with Sukhdev Sukha and Sukwinder Panchii for two tracks featured on Kalikwest Connected Vol.1. Hari is also working hard on a new track for Nirmal Sidhu’s upcoming album and an exclusive single with Dj Gurps.
“TERE BAJO” AVAILABLE VALENTINES DAY 2011 FOR FREE DOWNLOAD!!!

Sun Soniye out on iTunes

14Feb

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Parichay’s single Tum Habibi was featured on our Top 60 Desi Beats for 2k10, if you fell in love with that track, you are going to love Sun Soniye! We are excited for Parichay’s new album. Bring it on!

Buy Sun Soniye

Canadian singer and song writer Parichay gives you ‘Sun Soniye’. The perfect romantic song for Valentines Day. Sun Soniye  is a Hindi/ R&B Ballad featuring the prince of Desi Urban music – Parichay & R&B star – Freedom. It has an old school Bollywood feel to it with a catchy chorus, emotionally charged beat and strong, romantic lyrics – perfect for Valentine’s day to tell that special someone that you appreciate them… After the huge success of Yamla Pagla Deewana and Tum Habibi this is a song everyone can jam to on Valentines day.  Parichay who is signed to Three records run by music producers RDB is set to release his album this year.