Tag: Electronic

Accent on the Music

17Mar

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By: Reena Mumbai reenadotme@gmail.com

This is going to be the dumbest thing I’ve said in a while, but who cares. It’s like this… You know how when you’re listening to a new song and you’re totally digging it and all, and then you start torrenting the hell out of the band, and within three days you’ve committed their entire discography to memory? Right, and you’re all, “Man, this band is the greatest!” and then you find out they’re a French band, and then you’re all, “Wait, but they sing in ‘American’!”

I told you this would be dumb.

I guess, if I think about it, a lot of famous artists are not American and yet, when they sing, they can suppress their accents and sing in an American voice. Take Phoenix, for example. When I first discovered them, I had no clue they were from France. The same goes for the Radio Dept. They sing with American accents but they’re from Sweden. This doesn’t seem as strange to me, and maybe it’s because they’re Caucasian, because I’ll tell you, if I hear an Indian band sing, and they sound “American”, I’m floored down to hell.

Then I wonder, do singers from other countries practice singing in American accents? Or is it the natural inclination of the musically gifted? It’s the nature versus nurture quandry in the singer’s world. Do vocal cords know nothing of nationality? Or do people believe there is more cacophony in singing English language songs in American accents? If so, why? If you grow up in India, for example, surrounded by Indian accents, and you converse in that accent, and argue in it, and whisper disgusting nothings in each others’ ears in it, why then don’t you sing in that accent? And how come people from around the world are so capable of feigning American accents but Americans, on the other hand, swear they can do “the best British accent”, but come off sounding like a more egregious version of Renee Zellweger, a la Bridget Jones’ Diary?

It’s a puzzler, and I have no answers, but I do have some music from around the world, that I thought was good/interesting/not-good-nor-interesting-but-still-worthy-of-sharing. Is anyone else as curious as I am about what music means in other countries? The last three groups are actually pretty solid. The first two, definitely not my cup of tea.

India- This is a group called IAFWAY, which stands for “I Am Fake, What Are You”, and they are based out of New Delhi, (which, incidentally, is where my family is from.) This isn’t my genre of music. I’s very heavy on the metal and I would never be able to sit through an entire song of theirs, but I am just AMAZED that they can sound so NOT “Outsourced”. Unsaturated

China- This band calls itself Re-TROS. Again, I don’t like this music; it’s too rock-influenced, but still interesting to see what is coming out of other countries. Up Next: Bella Lugosi’s Back

Iceland- The band is called Rokkurro and the lead vocalist is Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir’s. I can’t even begin to imagine how to pronounce the first and last name. Her voice reminds of springtime, whatever that means. I really love this song. I Googled this group and stumbled upon their Tumblr and they use the same template for their page that I do! That pretty much solidified that they were a band worth following. Sólin Mun Skína

Singapore- I kind of love the sound of this group. They’re called Elektone and the synth and vocals remind me of the peg leg jeans I wore in 6th grade. Falling Into You

Ireland- Reverie is actually 21 year old Louise Connell whose album “Melodies” is a big, happy bowl of acoustic pop and ukelele strumming. Get to Know Me

So, there you are. Around the world in five international groups. Maybe you like some of them, maybe not. What do I care, really.

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Exclusive Download Panjabi Architect “Bol Fakira Bol” feat. Gurdas Maan

21Nov

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One of our “UDR Artist of the Week” Panjabi Architect has come out with an exclusive download for all the Urban Desi Radio listeners. Download Bol Fakira Bol features the legendary Gurdas Maan and Panjabi Architect adds his own underground sound to the mix. He’s working on his new album “Truth and Lies” which should be coming out soon… watch this space for more on Panjabi Architect.

THIS IS A COURTESY DOWNLOAD – “BOL FAKIRA BOL” PANJABI ARCHITECT FEAT. GURDAS MAAN

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Mumbai’s DJ Ashrafi coming to the Bay!

1Aug

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You folks living in the Bay Area… 3M productions is bringing us Mumbai’s lovely DJ Ashrafi, I talked about her on the junction, kind of hot! I couldn’t find any of her mixes, if so can you ping me some of her mixes urbandesiradio[@]gmail.com

Aug 28th 2010

Mist

316 11th Street
San Francisco, CA

3M Production
In Collaboration With
Radio Fundoo, Morning Masti, Sulekha & Desiclub.com

Presents
BOLLYWOOD IN THE CITY
A Night with DJ ASHRAFI
First Ever Female DJ From India

Official North American Tour
TOR- DAL – SF – CHI – HOU

Saturday, August 28th, 2010
@
San Francisco’s Most Premier Trendy Ultra Club
CLUB MIST
316 11th Street, San Francisco, CA
MIST is a trendy Ultra Club located in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district. It provides a very chic and contemporary upscale atmosphere with the capacity of a “mega club” but with an Ultra Lounge feel.

2 separate levels, 2 dance floors, and 3 bars
A very unique plexy glass “see thru” dance floor upstairs
A private VIP Room with its own separate sound system
Ample VIP seating areas overlooking the dance floor on the main level
Ambience lighting system which changes the interior color of the entire club

3 Separate Areas For Your Pleasure

Main Room Dedicated For All You Bollywood Fanatics
Playing the Best of Latest Bollywood Filmi Hits, Bollywood Remixes, Bollywood Pop & Bollywood Flashbacks

2nd Room
Playing the Best of Hip-Hop, UK Bhangra & Top-40

VIP Room
For VIP Ticket Holders ONLY

THE ORIGINATORS – NOT THE IMITATORS

This Superb Party Was Created From The Desires Of A Party Catering Strictly To The Needs Of Who Love Indian Music. It Has Been Produced At The Most Famous Crossroads Of The World, Where Bollywood Meets Hollywood Through 1000’s Of Years Of South Asian Tradition.

Summer’s Last Party Of The Year

Bringing You For First Ever Female DJ From India
India’s No. 1 and Most Talked About Female DJ

LIVE FROM MUMBAI, INDIA
DJ ASHRAFI

Official 2010 North American Tour
Toronto – Edmonton – Dallas – San Francisco – Chicago – Houston
Artist Managed By 3M Productions

Dj Ashrafi is India’s No.1 Female DJ. Hailing from Kolkata and now rocking Mumbai with her Club and Bollywood remixes DJ Ashrafi figures among Asia’s leading female disc jockeys and is rated as the top female Bollywood DJ in India. She is popularly known as the ”Queen of Bollywood Remixes’’. With no professional training, DJ Ashrafi, started her career as a sound engineer in renowned Punjabi singer Sukhwinder Singh’s studio in Mumbai. She is a sound engineer by day and rocks the party scene by night.

Known for her high energy performances she within a short span of a few years has had the privilege of performing at top clubs and gigs in India and all over the world such as Prive, F-Bar, Manre, Hard Rock Cafe, Olive bar & Kitchen, Provogue Lounge, Elevate, Tantra, Enigma, In the Mix, Bottles & Chimneys, Capitol Orange, Lush, Dublin etc just to name a few. She plays a range of music from bollywood to hip hop, club to house, retro and lounge. Her spins are something to be spoken of….

So come see India’s No. 1 female DJ live for the first time ever in Bay Area, as she makes her appearance in San Francisco straight from Mumbai, India. She is ready to take your breath away by making you dance all night long with her flawless mixing abilities and her precise beat matching skills.

Also Featuring Bay’s Finest DJz

SALIM J – Bay’s #1 Bollywood DJ
3M Resident DJ

DJ VIK – Ultra Soundz Entertainment
3M Resident DJ

Hip-Hop/Bhangra Room

DJ Sikhness – Bhangra Phenom
3M Resident DJ

LIVE BOLLYWOOD MOVIES & MUSIC VIDEOS
WILL BE SHOWN ON PLASMAS ALL OVER THE NIGHTCLUB

Doors Open At 10pm
Strictly A 21+ Event

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(Limited Tickets Available Online Only)

Pre-Sold General – $10
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*Meet & Greet with DJ Ashrafi
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BOTTLE SERVICES – $250
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*No Cover for 5 Guests
*Reserved Table on the Main Floor
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Online Tickets Available at desiclub.com

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