Tag: Mandeep Sethi

India & Hip-Hop Collide at “Word to Your Motherland” Art Exhibit

7Jul

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Word to Your Motherland

WORD TO YOUR MOTHERLAND is a very unique art exhibit which transpires a cultural urban movement of the Indian diaspora and the engagement of Hip-Hop in India. Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, California is hosting this exhibition from July 6, 2012 – August 11, 2012.WORD TO YOUR MOTHERLAND is one of the first art shows in California to showcase this type of movement which has not been given any type of platform.

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Urban Desi Radio – Show #2 – March 2012

27Mar

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Playlist:

1. “World” – Culture Shock

2. “Aint No Love” – Raxstar feat. Yamla Jatt

3. “San Franpsycho” – Mandeep Sethi

4. “Moorni” – Panjabi MC (Pure Music Generals Version)

5. “Bad Girls” – M.I.A. (Jimmy Love Moombahton Edit)

6. “Mahi Mahi” – Bilal Saeed

7. “Save the World” – Culture Shock feat. Nindy Kaur

8. “Nachengi” – Bikram Singh

9. “Depths of  My Soul” – Saint Soilder

10. “Oh Re Piya” – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (DJ Amar Choudhary Mix)

11. “Boohey Baariyan” – Hari and Sukhmani

12. “Nachle” – Punjabi Hit Squad

 

 

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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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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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You Got Mail Artist: Povan Beats

9Feb

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One of the four artists we are featuring on the Junction this week is Povan Beats. Povan beats is a producer/mc from Vallejo, CA. He released an album with Mandeep Sethi called Set & RA in 2009 and has worked with Sikh Knowledge, Noyz, Ginz and several other Canadian artists. He is currently working on his EP, which will be dropping in mid-April. Music can be heard and purchased on his bandcamp.


CureSonia.Org Bone Marrow Drive and Concert in SF

29Jan

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Vaishali Rana put together this event in two weeks for CureSonia.org, she brought in Urban Desi artists like Mandeep Sethi, Pree Mayall, Rav E and Mixman Shawn. In the back, AADP Workers (Debbie and the new South Asian coordinator, Vicky) were busy with donor registrations. They easily rounded up 70 new donors! We even got a couple of shots of Mixman, Pree and Diamond Lane Records manager AJ supporting the cause and becoming donors. This was a successful event for CureSonia.org and we can’t wait for the next one! Music is the way to bring people together!

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Jan 28th: Urban Desi Artists coming together for CureSonia.org

22Jan

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It will be a mix of Desi and Non-Desi artists, coming together, with one sole purpose in mind – to find a bone marrow match for Sonia Rai, who has been diagnose with Leukemia. She’s only 24 years old. Vaishali Rana, a makeup artist, has put together this benefit party on behalf of Sonia. DJ Rav E, Mixman Shawn, New Day, Mandeep Sethi and Pree Mayall – are just a handful of names already confirm. Urban Desi Radio is proud partners with CureSonia.org. Let’s help find Sonia a marrow match, it just takes one match to save one life.

Hip Hop artist Mandeep Sethi releases 3rd album Poor Peoples Planet

17Jan

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In a follow-up album to last year’s The World’s Gone Mad, Los Angeles born and Bay area based Sikh hip hop artist Mandeep Sethi comes out strong with a gypsy influenced concept album Poor Peoples Planet officially available for download on iTunes THIS FRIDAY, January 21st, 2010. Produced by X9 of Xitanos Matematikos, Poor Peoples Planet samples heavily on quotes and concepts of the spiritual speaker Jiddu Krishnamurthi whose words can be heard weaved throughout the album.

The Poor Peoples Planet official album release party is THIS THURSDAY, January 20th, 2011 at the Rockit Room in San Francisco.  The party, officially named “A Night of Conscious Hiphop,” is co-hosted by Ras Ceylon and will have live performances by Mandeep Sethi, Ras Ceylon, Unity and Sinista-Z.

At only 22 years old, Sethi has already developed a strong base of followers having appeared on stage with artists such as Ziggy Marley, Murs, Dead Prez and RZA of the WuTang Clan. A member of Afrika Bambataa’s Zulu Nation as well as a member of the hip hop crew Xitanos Matematikos (Mathematical Gyspies), for Sethi the microphone represents a catalyst of change rhyming with lyrics of social consciousness and cultural awareness. Sethi has taken hip hop to his Indian roots, collaborating with local artists like Delhi Sultanate of BASSFoundation (Delhi) and Reggae Rajahs (Delhi) as well as co-founding alongside BBoy Heera the India based B-boy/creative collective Slumgods.

Poor Peoples Planet was inspired by the gypsy hip hop teachings of Xitanos Matematikos (Mathematical Gypsies) and the idea of worldwide wandering gypsies originating from Punjab in the 11th dynasty. Imagined as a concept album, Poor Peoples Planet musically links the relationship between gypsy music, Punjabi music, and hip hop culture. These influences can be heard in every song on the album, from the haunting “I’m free” mantra laced song Cagebird to the head nodding Krishnamurthi sampled tribute to Punjab on  Ragamvirtuoso.

“We are a people that have been forced out of our land, forced away from our culture, and forced away from our language,” says Sethi.  “By nature we are gypsies wandering these plains trying to reconnect with our culture and reclaim what was once ours.”

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Conscientious Hip-Hop with South Asian Voices

27Dec

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Just as Talib Kweli and Mos Def joined to combine Hip-Hop and education awareness among the African American community, these young South Asian artists are doing the same for theirs. I feel that these young Sikh rappers are an excellent example of hip-hop as current politics, history, inventive poetry and wordplay, critically reflective insight, and musically captivating activism. These artists are beginning a strong underground movement for social awareness that will exist not only among the young Sikh community, but for the South Asian community as a whole.

Kudos and peace to these brothers for enlightening many youthful souls… with each show at a time.

*****This limited video footage is of the show which was held at Sol Collective in Sacramento, CA on December 22, 2010.  Sikh Knowledge + Mandeep Sethi + Humble the Poet + Hoodini and King! + Povan Beats + Baagi + Push. Hosted by AKA Amazing. DJ Rav-E

Urban Desi Radio TOP 60 Desi Beats for 2010

26Dec

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A year in review of Urban Desi, Bhangra and Underground Desi beats right here on Urban Desi Radio. Tune in to the Junction this week to listen to the top 60 Desi beats! Be sure to submit your new tracks to urbandesiradio@gmail.com.

Listen to the TOP 60 Desi Beats Show

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60. The Raj – Panjabi MC

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59. Leave with you – Sir Aah ft. Nipsey Hussle

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58. I Love You – Stereo Nation (Johnny Jockey House Mix)

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57. Baa Farke – Highflyers ft. Kaka Bhainiwala

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56. Calle Ocho Remix – G Deep feat. Don Revo

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55. Rabba Es Dil Nu – Dilpreet Bhatia

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54. Sang Lagdi – Bobby Kang

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53. The Bazaar by Night – Sammy Chand

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52. Scooter Singh – Caravan Crookz n Ash King

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51. Jee Le – Navin Kundra

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50. Chori Chori (Dhol n Bass mix) – DJ Monte-S feat. Dark MC

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49. Bhangra Bump – Osama Com Laude & Talal Qureshi

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48. Permission – Veronica ft. Mumzy Stranger (prod. Rishi Rich)

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47. Ice Breaker – Trishna Amin

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46. Celt Islam – Dub Reflex

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45. Leja Kite Door – Harleen Singh

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44. Munda Hogaya Sharabi – Gippy Grewal & Bohemia

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43. I think I’m gonna kamasutra – Rasika

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42. Jatt Diyan Reesan – S Klass

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41.  Bol Fakira Bol – Panjabi Architect feat. Gurdas Maan

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40. Type of Guy – G Town Desi

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39. Ishq Brandy – Amit Rai

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38. Jatt Di Jawani – Gupsy Aujla

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37. Galay Lag Ja – Bonafide ft. Kam Frantic

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36. United We Stand – Sabotage feat. vartious artist

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35. Door Ni Kulne – Manni Sandhu

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34. Naag 2 – Popsy/Jazzy B

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33. Dil De De – Garry Sandhu

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32. Tum Habibi -Parichay

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31. Iranian Girl – P. Cantell

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30. Holi Holi – Taz/Bohemia

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29. Enhi Sohni – DJ Harvey

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28. Balle Balle – JR Dread

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27. Pindh Wich Balle Balle – DJ Sanj/Satwinder Birdi

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26. Putt Jatt Da – Jaz Dhami

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25. Sadeh Naal – Pree Mayall

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24. Nach Bhabiye – Taj E & Bee 2

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23. Keep A Secret – Raje

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22. London Town – Sam Khan

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21. 2012 – Jay Sean

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20. O O Jaane Jaana 2010 Remix – Jay Dabhi

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19. Captivated – Mira Veda

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18. Kya Karoon – The Truth ft. Mentor Beats

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17. Oye Hoye – Jagga

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16. Bruahh – Foji Gill

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15. Kiss (Chumma) – Blitz feat Rdb

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14. Turn the music up – The Bilz & Kashif

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13. It’s a Cry – Sullee J

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12. So Much (neoDesi mix) – Raghav ft. H Dhami

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11. Kaun Nachdi – PBN

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10. Johal Boliyan – Kulvinder Singh Johal

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09. Ik Jindree – Bikram Singh/Ishmeet

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08. Love lockdown – Janina

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07. Desi Nukhre – Taz/Mixman

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06. Bhangra Pauna – AMX

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05. Aisee Taisee – Mandeep Sethi

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04. Fly with me – Mumzy Stranger

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03. Morni Di Tor Waliye – En Karma

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02. Jeevay Pakistan – Bonafide

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01. Famous in the club – Jasmine Sandlas ft. RD