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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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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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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!

Buy World Famous

Remembering Sonia Rai

15Mar

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We were sad to learn about Sonia’s passing. We didn’t know her personally but we got to connect with folks here in the Bay Area to help promote bone marrow drive and fundraisers. Cure Sonia has been converted into a non-profit to honor her beautiful soul. We can’t stress how easy it is to become a marrow donor. It all starts with a simple cotton swab inside your mouth… no blood. no needles.

Please visit AADP to learn more about becoming a bone marrow donor. For our UK listeners, please check the Anthony Nolan Trust.

From Sonia’s Family via Cure Sonia Fan Page

Dear Friends & Family,

Thank you for all your love and support. In honor of Sonia and to carry on her legacy, we have formally incorporated Cure Sonia into a nonprofit organization. We are humbly requesting that rather than sending flowers, please make a donation to Cure Sonia. For those attending Sonia’s Memorial Service, there will be the ability to donate at the Service itself; for those that cannot attend, donation instructions will be posted on Facebook shortly.

— Sonia’s Family

The Number One April Fools Gag for 2012

12Mar

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Everyone loves a cookie!

We stumbled on this site illfortune.net that sells fortune cookies for the brave. Are you brave enough to try one? They look legit… but beware. The fortunes are humorous and twisted. The ANTI-fortune cookie company, iLLFortune,  was founded by David Fenton.

The fortune cookie tradition began in San Francisco around 1900, and today the fortune cookie industry creates 3 billion of these sweet treats each year. Now iLLfortune has turned the concept upside down. One of the company’s mottos is, “Prank Friend, prank enemy.” No one is safe.

Urban Desi Radio got a sample box and some of our fortunes read….

Prozac is planning a long term relationship with you

The voices in your head think you’re an idiot

Diapers will be a part of your daily regimen and you won’t be the one changing them (our favorite!)

Imagine bringing home Chinese take out, replace the restaurants cookies with iLL Fortune’s cookies – you are guaranteed  to get PRICELESS reactions. The whole “scratch and sniff” app is so 2011. Prank on Pranksters!

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.

Surfs up BROWN GIRL STYLE!

4Mar

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Imagine a woman by the Gaza Strip, teaching a group of young girls how to surf while bullets and bombs fly over their heads. The ocean brings us some sort of peace and gravitates us to ride the waves of mother nature. Did you hear about the 22-year-old journalist from India who has become India’s first female surfer? These are the sort of stories Brown Girl Surf, founded by Farhana Huq wants to bring us.

Farhana is no stranger to the waves, a couple of years ago, she discovered a passion for surfing. She went around to world to surf and created a series of emails “Where the world is Farhana” I always looked forward to them because I found them so inspiring.

For over a decade, Farhana ran a company called CEO Women, which helped low income women start their own businesses. After CEO Women closed, Farhana took some time out to figure out what to do next. Like any social entrepreneur, Farhana wanted to create a new venture with a strong foundation based on creating a positive change and inspiring women all over the world.

Farhana is training to go pro, as of right now Brown Girl Surf is selling tshirts, check them out!

Ready to catch a wave? Don’t worry you don’t have to be brown, a female, a surfer or even a beach bum to be a part of the Brown Girl Surf revolution. Some of us at Urban Desi Radio suck at swimming, but we are happy to support Brown Girl Surf!

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Overweight Man Wants Video To Go Viral…

4Mar

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How many times have you had an Auntie poke you and whisper in your ear – You need to lose weight? Don’t you find that annoying? What makes it worse they keep piling on the fried pakoras, paneer and ladoos on our plates! Can we say Devil’s advocate?! Pshhh!

I know this isn’t an Urban Desi story per say, but I felt it was important to share this video. It’s coming from my compassionate side because I can relate to this man’s struggle (picture below) and it’s a continue struggle for me because I have an eating disorder. I’m an over-eater, don’t laugh, it’s a disease. Look it up. It’s where emotions make me eat and not hunger itself. At least that’s my issues, I’m an emotional eater. Towards the end of the year, I picked up this documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and I wanted to break my emotional ties with food and have it serve as a source of energy vs. a source of comfort. I juiced for 60 days, got back into my old workout regime (slowly) and retrained myself on healthy eating habits.

I’ve also joined a facebook page Feel Free Foundation run by Sunita Bhogal Pattani. Where other over-eaters and those who suffer from other eating disorders can find a sense of community and support. Every week I go to my local Over Eater Anonymous meeting.

The good news for Robert (the man in this video) is that filmmaker Joe Cross (Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead) has reached out to Robert. I’m not saying juicing is the “be all and end all” solution, it has helped me to get on the right path — believe me this PATH is a life long journey to healthy living. We all have to find our own path because our bodies are all different.

You just have to remember if you are battling this disease like me, you’re not alone. Please feel free to reach out to Sunita at the Feel Free Foundation.

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There I am. Petz, founder of Urban Desi Radio.  On my left my heaviest weight 250 pounds (17st, 12lbs or 113kg)

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Catch DJ Rekha on ABC Nightline

28Feb

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This is big news for Bhangra music and Underground Desi beats, DJ Rekha will be on ABC NIGHTLINE tomorrow night. Be sure to tune in. For over a decade, DJ Rekha has been hosting Basement Bhangra at SOBs in NYC.

The American Nightmare…

27Feb

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I was shocked to see this appear on my FB timeline. It’s a painful that we don’t have health care in this country, we have sick care. The dark side of this care is the bill the patient gets stuck with aka an uninsured American. This bill is for just being in the hospital for 5 days. I got a chest infection in the UK, was kept there eight days and they sent me off with an extra dose of my asthma medicine. How much did I have to pay? Nothing. While I was bored to tears by the fifth day; I couldn’t help but be grateful I wasn’t going to get stuck with an astronomical bill like this one. The taxes in the UK are outrageous, but at least I know I will be taken care if I got sick. The NHS (UK Healthcare) is far from perfect — however —I would rather be treated under NHS than here in America.

Petz is a dual US and UK citizen, she’s currently going through Nandos withdrawls (pita and hummus platters) — please send your nandos cards to urbandesiradio[@]gmail.com so she can raid Nandos the next time she’s in the UK.