Tag: Navin Kundra

North America’s Biggest South Asian Music Festival Announces Line-Up

20Apr

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North America’s largest South Asian music concert desiFEST just released it’s 2011 line-up!

With a total of 12 hour chart-topping artists performing from 11 AM to 11 PM on Saturday May 28, 2011 free for audiences at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada. What a lucky bunch!

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Taz and Stereo Nation, a legendary UK bhangra funk band will be headlining, with exciting South Asian artists from across Canada including Roach Killa, Parichay, KatEyez, Swaras (Toronto) ; The Bilz & Kashif, Prita Chhabra (Montreal) and Ray Gill (Vancouver). UK R&B sensation Navin Kundra will be returning, while Denmark’s Anita Lerche, a household name in India thanks to being the first non-Indian woman to record an album in Punjabi, will be marking her first time debut in Toronto at desiFEST.

Truly a mix of new artists and a tribute to veterans that have been making music for our ears locally and internationally in the music industry.

The concert will also include delicacies in the food market, artisans in the merchant market and a kids zone entertaining kids with fun and games.

“Five years is a great accomplishment for our team and the artists’ community,” expresses Sathish Bala, President and Founder of desiFEST. “The past five years, we have helped create awareness for South Asian music across Canada, and inspired a new generation of youth to continue creating music and showcasing Canada in the global music scene. Our 5 year show is a celebration of veterans and new artists performing on the desiFEST stage, with music that will keep everyone dancing!”

“As a family-owned, proudly Canadian company, Rogers is committed to being present in the lives of the diverse communities who are the fabric of this great country,” says Susan Gordon, Vice President, National Marketing and Marketing Services, Rogers Communications. “Rogers lends its support by sponsoring events like desiFEST, which connects these communities to what matters most to them.”

“We invite Canadians and visitors to Canada across the country to come join us and experience 12 hours of spectacular music, as we celebrate 5 years,” says Kala Patel, Vice President, desiFEST. “desiFEST has been a platform that brings music, culture and diversity all together, helping contribute to building the South Asian music industry.”
“desiFEST” is Canada’s only national South Asian music Festival.

For more information visit desiFEST

Navin Kundra charms Nayna in an EXCLUSIVE interview!

16Mar

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Sweet, romantic and totally addictive and I’m not just talking about his music. I caught up with the ever so charming and down to Earth Navin Kundra to discuss his new song ‘Aaja’, his love for his fans, all his favourite things and so much more.

By: @NaynaED

Nayna: It’s good to see you again, what have you been up to lately?

Navin: Just a lot of promotion around the new single, it’s been doing really well so a lot of touring and being back in the studio, creating new music.

N: Your twitter bio, it says ‘you think you know, but you have no idea’, so what do we have no idea about?

NK: (laughs) Well you know with Twitter, you don’t have much space so I couldn’t put my 3,4 pages of achievements down… no I’m joking. I guess people get an image of you from the music that you put out and my music is so varied so people really don’t quite get to know the real me until they sit down and have a chat with me which is what we’re doing now.

N: Listening to the new single ‘Aaja’, it starts off like a qawali and it just kicks in and the vocals are amazing. What was the inspiration behind it?

NK: The idea to be honest was just to create something new, something very different. It’s a bit of an ambitious song to take on and I don’t think a lot of people would have expected a young British Asian artist to come out with a song like that. Like you say, it’s got mixed elements of qawali with soul and then Indian classical music, it was quite a big task. A lot of people have heard that song and they think there’s about 3 different singers on it, but I’m doing all the vocals myself. And that’s sort of what I mean by ‘you think you know…’ because if you didn’t know my face or me as a person you’d hear that and think Gosh, there’s no way that’s a 26 year old guy from the UK.

N: So we last met at the GMex exhibition in Manchester recently, how did you prepare yourself for that performance? Do you still get nervous before you’re about to go on stage?

NK: Always! I’m actually a nervous wreck before I go onstage, It’s terrible. Normally backstage, there’s loads of other people around, at the event there were artists, dancers, models and they’re all so cool and chilled out like they’re comfortable with everything. I’ve been doing this for a while now but it always still feels like it’s my first and last performance which is why I kind of get really nervous and I give it my all on stage and I guess that helps because it prepares you mentally.

N: Speaking of dancing, I noticed you strutting some dance moves on stage, is that something you take lessons for or..?

NK: (laughs) No no, as you can tell, if anyone has seen me dancing they’ll know I take no lessons for that but it’s just a bit of fun, it’s something I enjoy doing. When I’m performing and I see the crowd dancing and singing along, it’s just great.

N: I want to know a bit about the man behind the music. What do you like to do when you get home at the end of a hard day, what’s your way of winding down?

NK: It depends, there’s times I just love going out for a run, other times I like to listen to music, watch TV, watch movies, I’m a big fan of comedy and perhaps my favourite winding down past time is just spending time with my fans, logging on to ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’ and replying to messages and having conversations on my wall.

N: Do you think that’s a strange concept as an artist, to be able to connect with the fans so personally, almost one to one.

NK: It is strange, going back over more than 5 years ago, it was totally unheard of. With the invention of all these social networking sites, it’s been a way of connecting very personally with fans and it’s worked so great for me because I’m an unsigned artist, still independent but I’m putting music out and I’ve got a fan base because of that. We have a good time, we have a great relationship, I talk to them, they talk to me. It’s good to know you’ve got that support there because they’re the ones that make the songs number 1.

N: Is it a bit embarrassing when you see twitter accounts that are named after you? You do have a few now.

NK: No it’s not embarrassing at all, I love that. All the more the better, it’s a really beautiful thing actually.

N: What do you miss most about being away from home?

NK: I miss my own bed because I have this theory, you can be in the most luxurious hotel or the best penthouse suite but when you get into the bed, there’s nothing quite like your own, it’s like you’re conditioned to it. I miss being with my family as well and mum’s cooking definitely!

N: Speaking of cooking, did you do anything on pancake day?

NK: Not really, I was busy working away so I missed out on all the pancakes but I hope everyone else had a good time.

N: If I had known I would have brought you one.

NK: You should have done, I’m really gutted now.

N: Maybe next year?

NK: Yeh definitely.

N: What was your first reaction when you found out ‘Aaja’ got to no.1? Were you jumping up and down screaming or were you playing it cool like ‘it’s aaiite, I’m happy’?

NK: (laughs) I was jumping up and down screaming when I first heard it played on radio, that’s how crazy it is because it’s always really exciting. I think a lot of people take for granted that it’s something you’ve spent time creating, it’s your baby, and just to know everyone else is hearing it is a massive deal. So when it went to no.1 I was just completely blown away. I knew it was a different song with a very different sound so I never knew how it would do, I just believed in the song and I’m so glad the audience believed in it as well.

N: What I’m going to do now is like a quick fire round. I want to ask you quick short questions and need a quick response. Are you ready?

NK: (laughs) They might not be so quick because I’m terrible at these things.

N: (laughs) Hopefully there’s not a lot of thinking required, just say what comes into your head. Ready?

NK: I’m ready (looking nervous).

N: Favourite film?

NK: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

N: Aw mine too. Favourite all time song?

NK: So many but at the moment I have to say ‘Tuj Mein Rab Diktha Hai’.

N: An artist that inspires you.

NK: Stevie Wonder.

N: Favourite book?

NK: Roots by Alex Haley.

N: Favourite car?

NK: Aston Martin

N: (whispers) Old man’s car.

NK: Er excuse me that’s not an old man’s car, that’s a very slick, sophisticated, sleek car.

N: Don’t get me started on this. One place you’d like to visit.

NK: By the way, what’s your favourite car?

N: Lamborghini Gallardo?

NK: (short silence then mimicks me)

N: (laughs) Moving on! Right so one place you’d like to visit.

NK: You’re such a show off yaar. (laughs) Sorry are you asking me another question? One place I’d like to visit… I would like to go to Mauritius.

N: What song do you wish you had written and released?

NK: Gosh there’s loads, but I wish I had written and released ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson.

N: An artist you would like to collaborate with.

NK: A R Rahman.

N: Lastly your favourite quote, maybe something inspirational.

NK: I have a quote that was passed on to me by my mentor Pandit Dinesh ji and that is ‘look after your art and your art will look after you.

N: That’s beautiful. Ok I’m going to say one word now and you’re going to say the first thing that comes into your head, (Navin looks over at my notes) …stop reading my questions!

NK: (laughs)

N: Ring

NK: Finger

N: Black

NK: White

N: Fast

NK: Slow (laughs)

N: Scary

NK: You

N: (laughs) Success!

NK: Happiness.

N: It was an absolute pleasure to chat to you today Navin, thank you so much.

NK: Thank YOU very much and thank you to all the fans who are supporting my music.

N: Any last messages for your fans?

NK: Just like I said, massive massive thank you! I hope to see you all very soon, come down to one of my shows because this music is to experience and we’ll have a good time.

Already at number 1, make sure you download the single Aaja by Navin Kundra and listen to it, it has such a catchy beat and beautiful lyrics.

You can find Navin on Twitter and on Facebook

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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.

You Got Mail: Aaja – Navin Kundra

2Feb

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It seems like a lot of Urban Desi artists will be releasing singles on Valentines Day, Navin Kundra is no exception. It was such a treat to hear from him, just in time to put Aaja (will be on itunes Feb 14th) in our You Got Mail segment, on the Junction. A couple of years ago, Navin spent several weeks without getting any sleep, he had his fans email him personal dedications, then he recorded those personal dedications and sent them back to the fans. At the time, Tere Liye became a staple track for lovers out there. I found that to be very sweet that he took the time to do that for his fans. If you loved Tere Liye, you are going to dig Aaje.  I love seeing artists evolve and not become one hit wonders. Whatever fame he’s made along the way, it doesn’t seem like its gone to his head, check out Navin’s Aaja kicking of the Junction’s You Got Mail segment.

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

The Junction Ep.1 hosted by Petz – Featuring Navin Kundra

1Jan

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NavinKundra

The Junction was started on a UK Radio Station called AsianFX, after the station folded it went on hiatus. It’s back on Urban Desi Radio bringing you a mix of imports from the UK while balancing tracks from the US.

In March ’09, Petz interviewed Navin Kundra – you will be able to hear bits and pieces

1. Tere Liye – Navin Kundra

2. Mehbooba – Navin Kundra

3. Down – Jay Dabhi Mash Up

4. Do you remember- Pree Mayall

5.  My Life – Pree Mayall (feat. Missive, Mandeep Sethi and Eternal)

6.  Operation Bluestar 1984 – Mandeep Sethi

7. Chori Chori Takna – Dark MC

8. Original Nutta (Sam Sam Remix) – UK Apache

9. Outer Space – S Endz

10.  Jhagade – Mixman Shawn remix