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Urban Desi Artist Ginz’ Tribute to Gurdwara Shooting

8Aug

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photoEvery South Asian was truly shocked by the Sikh temple shootings that took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Sunday morning August 5th. Urban Desi rapper Ginz has dedicated a track to the Gurdwara shooting that took place. He calls it “an open letter tribute” and expresses his emotions the best way he knows how, through rap and hip-hop. Kudos to Ginz for expressing how the South Asian community is feeling right now.

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It’s Raining Noobs in B-Town

26Feb

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By Neha “Bollywood” Gautam

It is not only a goal, but for many debut actors and actresses, a dream to gain accolades for their very first film. In recent times, there have been three major people to do so in Bollywood: Anushka Sharma, Sonakshi Sinha, and Ranveer Singh. If these names don’t ring a bell, I’m sure the songs “Haule Haule,” “Munni Budnaam Hui,” and “Ainvayi Ainvayi” do!

First in line to win our hearts was Anushka Sharma way back when with RAB NE BANA DI JODI (December 2008). She was paired opposite Shah Rukh Khan and directed by the one and only, Aditya Chopra, who is known for producing and writing plenty of movies, but directing only very few, including DDLJ and Mohabbatein. Not only is Aditya Chopra a gem of a director, but Shah Rukh Khan? The name alone is enough said.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of King Khan, but he does have his charm, and to be sharing the screen for an Aditya Chopra directorial with a newcomer is a HUGE burden for the newbie. To say the very least, Anushka Sharma, a 20-year-old (at the time) from Bangalore, stole the show! She was a complete natural and exceeded everyone’s expectations! Both the audience and critics loved her, as she was nominated for pretty much every Debut/Best Actress award for her role as Tani. She didn’t win due to a stiff competition that year, but did go on to deliver another hit with BADMAASH COMPANY (May 2010). Post RNBDJ, her next blockbuster came with BAND BAAJA BAARAT this past December 2010. This was, by far, the best Bolly movie I’ve seen in a while. I was obsessed with it after watching it once, so I went on to see it about five more times within two weeks; it really was THAT good! I highly recommend it to everyone!! Anushka’s next, PATIALA HOUSE, which released about two weeks ago, didn’t fare too well at the box office, but her performance was very much appreciated.

Following Anushka’s royal entrance with SRK was Sonakshi Sinha’s powerful debut with Sallu-bhai in DABANGG! Once again, a debutante was caste opposite one of the greats in the business. Expectations naturally increase in such situations. And once again, Sonakshi is no less than amazing! She impressed and mesmerized the audience with her unique charm. The dialogue, “Thappad se dar nahin lagta hai, Saab; pyaar se lagta hai” (“I’m not afraid of getting hit, Sir; I’m scared of love”), became a huge hit with the fans! Sonakshi spoke very little in the film, as she expressed so much through her eyes and her body… body language, that is! She has been signed on for about five more films. It has yet to be seen if she can live up to expectations. Salman Khan helped her win accolades with her dabangg (fearless) debut, but can she repeat the magic with her upcoming films??

Back to my obsession with BAND BAAJA BAARAT (December 2010) comes our final awesome debutante: Ranveer Singh. I have to admit, although Anushka Sharma did a great job as his co-actor and Maneesh Sharma did a kick-ass job directing it, I have to go on record to say that Ranveer Singh was the heart and soul of the film! Every dialogue, dance-move, smile, shirtless scene (definitely could’ve used some more), was just brilliant! Ranveer was on-point and beyond excellent in every single scene! A debut with Yash Raj Films, acting opposite Anushka, winning over 10 Best Debut Actor awards… what more could he have asked for?? He broke down in tears upon winning the prestigious Filmfare Award. I was almost in tears with him. Okay, yes, I am obsessed. You’ll understand why after watching it, too! So go for it! BAND BAAJA BAARAT is a winner, all the way!

His next will be once again with Anushka and directed by Maneesh: LADIES VS. RICKY BAHL. (btw, the Koffee with Karan episode with Ranveer and Anushka is hilarious! Give that a go, as well!)
The noobs have taken over, and rightfully so. Anushka, Sonakshi, and Ranveer have claimed their ground in Bollywood and will continue to deliver hits. All my money is on Ranveer Singh, though! 😀

Neha “Bollywood” Gautam is our Bollywood Blogger, if you would like to blog for Urban Desi Radio, please email us urbandesiradio[@]gmail.com

Top 15 Desi Artists of the Decade

31Dec

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This list is like no other, something that can only come out once in a decade. These artists shaped the 2000’s with their talent and dedication to the scene. Urban Desi Radio proudly presents the Top 15 Desi Artists of the decade!

15. Atif Aslam
Years Active: 2002- Present
Genres: Hindi, Urdu, Romantic and Rock

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Aslam, a Pakistan native, had been widely recognized in the Bollywood scene and has given several hits such as Woh Lamhe, Tere Bin, Kuch Is Tarah, Tera Hoone Laaga Hoon and more. He’s known for his powerful vocal belting technique and ladies… the way he romances in his songs, doesn’t it just make you melt?Bollywood music would be tasteless without him.

14. DJ Sanj
Years Active: 2002- Present
Genres: Bhangra, Punjabi and Hip-Hop

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Before DJ Sanj there had  been no artist coming out of the US or Canada with legit Desi tunes and remixes. Sanj  was one of the first Desi artists to represent North America.  He took mainstream loops with Punjabi vocals and made some musical magic.  C’mon admit it, I know you’re still bumping his mixes!

13. Amrinder Gill
Years Active: 2000- Present
Genres: Punjabi, Bhangra, Romance, Hindi Pop

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He has one of the most passionate voices in Punjabi music. Guys, if you really want your girl to melt- play one of Arminder Gill’s romantic ballads. Arminder has impressed us with the diversity of music genres incorporated in his songs including: folk-rooted tracks to up-tempo dance tunes for the bhangra lovers, hey… he’s even had a couple rock songs!  A Punjabi artist who experienments with every type of music genre has earned the 13th place on our list!

12. Satinder Sartaj
Years Active: 2003-Present
Genres: Sufi, Folk, Punjabi

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Okay fine, he’s an artist most of our parents/grandparents listen to but, they have been raving about this man for a reason. His lyrical poetry revels the glory of mysticism. In fact, his poems have inspired many around the world. Sartaj has taken his sufiana music career to another level by dressing and writing like Warris Shah, a man who gave a new direction to Punjabi literature. Looks like Sartaj may be on same path, looking to change the world.

11. Lehmber Hussainpuri
Years Active: 2001-Present
Genres: Punjabi and Bhangra

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It’s a talented voice you can’t fail to recognize. Lehmber first appeared on the bhangra scene in collaboration with Dr. Zeus on the album Unda the Influence. Lehmber’s voice became a hit with both traditional and modern bhangra fans. We can’t forget his most notable tracks: Ah Ni Kuriye, Das Ja, Saadi Gali, Seetiyan and the worldwide smash hit Desi Rock. Hit after hit Lehmber stays in the spotlight!

10. MC Metz and Trix
Years Active: 2000-Present
Genres: Urban Desi

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These two MCs became the hottest duo to hit the Urban Desi music scene in the UK. After teaming up with big names like Surinder Rattan, RDB, Mac G and others they quickly gained status as the ‘Red man & Method Man’ of the Desi music scene. With hits like Tappe,Ambarsariya,Aja Mahi and more, this duo proved they wont back down from what they do best, rap and MC!

9. Swami
Years Active: 2000- Present
Genres: Pop, Alternative, Hip-Hop, Bhangra and Rock

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The world hasn’t seen a band like this yet. Tell me where can you get a partially Desi band who keep their traditional sense yet, break the barriers of typical pop music. Do you remember the phrase ‘Desi Rock’? Well, that phrase originated by Swami music! Their album Desi Rock was voted a BBC Radio 1 favorite which then, launched their career into orbit. They have been producing fresh-desi-neofunk beats ever since. UDR loves raw music and artists, thus placing them for #9 on our list.

8.  Dr. Zeus
Years Active: 2001-Present
Genres: Bhangra, Punjabi and Urban Desi

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You’ve probably danced to all his hit singles: Gwandian Da Dhol, Kangna, Ah Ni Kuriye, Sat Sri Akal, Assi Haan Punjabi and more. If Lehmber is singing over a sick beat, it’s probably Zeus and in the background making some music magic. Zeus has the ability to take traditional Punjabi lyrics and music and merge them into something so hip and modern. Zeus is a talented producers, I’m sure you all can’t wait for what he has coming up next!

7. Raghav
Years Active: 2003- Present
Genres- Pop, Hindi Pop

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His voice sounds like it’s coming out of some old raagi’s mouth but, the funny thing is he’s a young guy with a enourmous voice. He hails out of Canada, was vocally trained in Los Angles and now resides in the UK- this proves that Raghav is surely all over the map and verfies his worldwide fame. With over 1.3 million records sold worldwide, Raghav has raised the bar for Desi-pop artists.

6.Miss Pooja
Years Active: 2006-Present
Genres: Bhangra and Punjabi

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She’s known as “The Duet Queen.” If you happen to come across someone blasting bhangra music, most likely it’s a duet sung by Miss Pooja. She’s produces hit after hit and you know you can’t get enough of her flirty and fun duets. It’s a relief to see female artists putting in much time and effort to reach the top! Girl Power!

5. Juggy D
Years Active: 2004- Present
Genres: Punjabi, Bhangra, Urban Desi

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Thanks to Rishi Rich, Juggy D made his debut alongside Jay Sean. Juggy D has been the face of the UK Bhangra  scene ever since he broke through in 2004. Not only has he collaborated with his fellow peers but, has worked with big names like Madonna, Ricky Martin and Craig David. Let’s not forget his guest apperrences in a couple Bollywood films, this guy was a hit and will continue to be!

4.  Imran Khan
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Genre: Punjabi and Urban Desi

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We started warming up to him after his hit single, ‘Ni Nachleh’ and since then, we can’t stop bumping his beats! Although he has only had one album, Imran Khan has taken the Desi music scene by storm. His album Untouchable came out in 2009 with his catchy tune ‘Amplifier’ which, has been playing in every corner of the world, with youngsters and adults alike! Imran Khan has put Holland on the map!

3. Bohemia
Years Active: 2002-Present
Genre: Punjabi, Urdu and Desi Hip-Hop

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Critically  acclaimed as the ‘pioneer of Desi hip-hop’, Bohemia has set a standard for artists rapping in Punjabi and Urdu. After 3 hit albums: Vich Pardesan De, Pesa Nasha Pyar and The Rap Star, Bohemia has made his mark in the Desi music industry even, and even in Bollywood! Bohemia will continue to wow us with his rhymes and urban flavor.

2. RDB
Years Active: 2001-Present
Genre: Punjabi, Bhangra and Urban Desi

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This list wouldn’t be complete without the most popular bhangra brothers on the scene. Ever since they step foot onto the plate, they’ve always brought a new sound with them and created their own type of genre of music. Teaming up with big names like Akshay Kumar, Snoop Dogg and others has definitely put them on our top three.

1. Jay Sean
Years Active: 2003- Present
Genre:  R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop

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The first ever Desi to sign with one of the biggest records labels in the world. You can’t beat that, can you? Not only has this guy been a favorite with the Desi folks but, now he has made a name for himself in mainstream music. After being signed with Cash Money records, this guy has been flying high on the clouds of fame! If your rubbing  shoulders with Lil Wayne, Birdman and others alike, your doing something right. That’s why Mr. Kamaljit Jhooti has earned our #1 spot.

Outsourced NOT the first “Indian” show on NBC

7Nov

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There’s mix reviews about NBC new sitcom “Outsourced” based on a movie, it’s cheesy slapstick comedy may get more grunts then chuckles. However this isn’t a “new” concept for NBC to dabble in the Desi culture, in 1967 “Maya” debuted. Unlike Outsourced, it was actually shot in India, back when networks had bigger budgets to shoot on location. It starred a young Sajid Khan and American actor Jay North (from CBS Dennis the Menace) series. It wasn’t a sitcom, but an hour long adventure series. Jay North (Terry) searching for his lost father in the jungles of India, meets Sajid (Ravi) who has an elephant named Maya – their protector and only source of transportation.

There’s word going around that Russell Peters is planning to get his own sitcom on the network. Russell has a huge mainstream following, will he play an Indian character? Will this be a Desi show? Perhaps NBC feels that if they give Russell his own show, there will be no need to renew “Outsourced” contract. He will be coming to the Bay Area, November 14th at the San Jose HP Pavilion. Tickets start at 100 dollars.

Download 2012 out now on iTunes!

2Aug

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Can 2012 break Down’s records??? Jay Sean & Nicki Minaj believe when “2012” comes around, the party will still be cracking. The link has been passed around all over FB and twitter… now its time for all of you to get your itunes and Download 2012 Mallika Sherawat has promoted 2012 on her fb/twitter – she seems to dig Jay Sean.

Will lightening strike twice for the Brit Asian heartthrob? Let’s see what the reviews bring tomorrow…

Queer Desis host a wedding celebration at India’s Day Parade!

1Aug

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Every year, here in the Bay Area, the FIA host the annual India Independence Day Mela & Parade. They have always welcome Trikone, that serves the South Asian Queer community in the San Francisco Bay Area & beyond. Their booth at the melas has always be so much fun and full of color. This year…Trikone plans to bring awareness and educate how the Defense Of Marriage Act, discriminates against the queer community and how we all deserve the right to get married.

Trikone will hold a MOCK wedding ceremony between two men and two women, the crowd at the mela will be encourage to participate and join in the festivities!!!

Be sure you come to the mela and stop by the Trikone Booth! It will be held Aug 14th and 15th in Fremont CA.

If you are interested in volunteering please email harsha[@]trikone.org

A) Booth Setup:
We need help with the booth setup. We will decorate the booth in traditional “mandap” style, with lots of festive fabric and flowers.
On the day of the event, we need atleast 4 volunteers to help us with the setup and bring down of the booth.
The setup will be done on Saturday Aug 14th and bring down on Sunday, Aug 15th.
The entire booth setup should not take more than 2 hours.
B) Fabric for the booth:
If you have traditional South Asian fabric/sarees that you can lend us please let us know.
If you are interested in helping us with the decorations/ideas for setting up the booth write me an email.
Even if you cannot physically be present, we are always looking out for fresh ideas from the community.
C) Make flower garlands:
We need volunteers who can make flower garlands out of loose flowers.
This can be done on the day of the event and should not take more than an hour.
D) Invitation card write up/design:
We will be handing out “Invitation cards” to passersby and inviting them to join us in the celebration.
If you are interested in designing the layout of the card, write-up or co-ordinate with the print out, please let us know.
Trikone will reimburse you for the print out.
Multiple volunteers can collectively accomplish this task
E) Mock Couple:
We need:
2 men to be the mock couple of Saturday
2 women to be the mock couple on Sunday.
Must be willing to wear traditional Indian attire.
Please write to us if you are interested in being the mock couple.

F) Wedding games co-ordinator:
In this position, you will be responsible to come with short (5 min) wedding related games that will engage the visitor with the wedding ceremony.
G) Wedding photographer:
As the wedding photographer, you would be taking pictures of visitors with the mock couple (if requested).
H) Wedding Guests:
As part of the wedding contingent, we need members of our community in festive apparel to participate and make our booth approachable and open.
We need you to send out positive vibes :)
I) Music co-ordinator:
Compile Bollywood Wedding songs (anywhere between 20-50) that could be played throughout the day!
J) Advocacy member:
As visitors approach our booth and we engage them with all the fun filled activities, we also want to spend a moment with them to let them know what Trikone is and how they can be an ally.