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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

 

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

 

 

Photos courtesy of Desi-Box and BBC Asian Network

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.

Women in the scene – step up!

22Jan

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We have warriors like Hard Kaur, Miss Pooja, DJ Rekha, DJ Kayper – but more women need to step up in the scene, or better yet quit hooking up with “douche bag” producers (quoting my good friend Niku from Bol Punjab De) In the last 10 years, being in the scene, I’ve seen A LOT of women come and go. Back in the day, there would be parties, and a girl would have this hot single – she would rock the crowd. The next thing I know that hot single becomes a one hit wonder. Sad to say, I would round of maybe half of these so called producers don’t want to produce hits, they just want to take the women to bed and give them “hits” it’s desperate, it’s pathetic and it bothers me.

Girls, hold your ground – if something is “too good to be true” in most cases it probably is.

Study the scene, get to know the producers work before you get screw ball dreamy look in your eyes – thinking “he’s got my interest at heart” remember it’s OK to reject a producer/manager

Have more than one track under your belt – we love singles, but there’s a demand for albums – the fans want you to stick around

Don’t become a sample, become your own person

The kiss of death is when you start DATING your producer or manager – bad bad bad – don’t go there – if romance sparks – keep him as a boyfriend and find another manager. If he starts throwing a fit, reconsider even keeping him as a boyfriend, remember you need all the support you can get. Keep the negative energy out and drop the cry baby.

Imitation maybe the form of flattery, but it gets old QUICK – so stick to your true sound – don’t copy others

Find a mentor – don’t hate on other women – a woman mentor who is successful could give you some key pieces of advice (it’s worked for me in the media industry – I still contact my mentor when i feel stuck – she’s become my life long friend)

The scene is male dominated, however don’t let that discourage you, train yourself to LEARN everything, the more you know the more you can adapt, you might even consider being your OWN manager. Don’t go in the scene with tunnel vision