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No longer a London Mela Virgin…

6Sep

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For over six years I’ve lived in London off and on. This time I’m settling for good. The one thing I’ve never done was go to the London Mela.

Every time I wanted to go, it was always raining. I grew up in the Bay Area, our melas consist of a parade, talent show stage and if we were lucky (or not) someone from Bollywood acting as the grand marshall.

It was normally the size of two large parking lots. We don’t have radio talent like the BBC Asian Network emceeing the talent show. We don’t have different stages catering to different types of music. We used to have a late night show (which featured Daler Mehndi one year) until a bunch thug wannabes, who might I add still lived with their mothers and drove their father’s BMWs, ruined it for for of us.

I didn’t know what to expected…

As soon as I made my way through Gunnersbury Park, my mouth dropped. I couldn’t believe the crowds from all types of backgrounds. It was amazing. As one person told me this is what the melas are like back in India.

There were tents dedicated to classical music, DJ/New talent tent, the main stage (Hosted by Bobby Friction, Suzi Mann, Noreen Khan and Tommy Sandhu) my mind went into musical drive overload.

I was bummed out I missed Rita Morar’s performance (truthfully speaking I couldn’t find the right tent) with talent like hers she should’ve been on the main stage along with TaZzZ and Doni Brasco.

The acts I caught were Asim Azhar, Nesdi Jones, Panjabi Hit Squad, Raghav and Miss Pooja.

Asim flew all the way from Karachi, which was pretty cool. It was my first time seeing him live. Nesdi Jones, quite honestly never heard of her, but she’s nicknamed “Desi Gori” and she speaks hindi and punjabi really well.

One artist I was surprised to see was Rapper MSG, I’ve showcased his music on Dance Asia FM, I was really looking forward to hear him perform live. He started to try to warm up the crowd with the Khalistan chant, but the crowd wasn’t feeling that. He saved himself by saying “Free Palestine” which the crowd responded better to. However it “appeared” there were sound difficulties, but knowing the BBC Asian Network, I know when it comes to the Khalistan topic they won’t go near it. They should’ve known that is a topic he normally raps and talks about, I don’t understand why it seem to be a big surprise to everyone, unless he was told not to talk about it.  I was disappointed he didn’t get his chance to perform. Hopefully he can come back next year.

Raghav… it was such a pleasure to see him on stage. It’s always a catch 22 when an artist performs their old tracks, but Raghav nailed it! The crowd got really excited when Angel Eyes came on, I think in 2015 we might get a new album from him. He mentioned it all started for him at the London Mela, 9 years ago. The crowd went mental when Iceberg Slimm jumped on stage.

Nihal came on stage and spoke for a bit. He’s definitely a pioneer when it comes to Asian Radio history. Bobby and Nihal always made a dynamic duo. As I get older, I have an appreciation for talk radio, I try to catch Nihal’s show whenever I can because he normally has interesting topics.

Panjabi Hit Squad – on point as always with their beats. They always produce great tracks. However they came back on stage again before Miss Pooja, I think the second time around they overstayed their welcome. The crowd was getting restless to see Miss Pooja.

Was Miss Pooja worth waiting for? I’ll you this much, I was squashed like a tuna fish sandwich. No one wanted to budge or move. I’ll be honest I’m not a HUGE Miss Pooja fan, the thing is I’ve lost count on the number of tracks she’s put out and the number of tracks she’s featured on.  Even when PHS were on stage, the crowd near me were trying to get her attention while she was backstage. But for all mega fans, I can safely say she was worth the wait.

Thanks for popping my cherry London Mela 2014.

UDR Album of the Week: World Famous (Panjabi Hit Squad)

17Mar

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This week we’ve picked Panjabi Hit Squad, over the last few months we’ve been teased by their tracks! This album is certainly not one to be ignored!

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Whitney Houston: A triple threat talent…

12Feb

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I’m still in shell-shock over Whitney Houston’s death, I saw the breaking news story come up on my fb timeline. I googled it and all the articles confirmed the worst – Whitney Houston, Dead at 48.  Growing up in the 80s, there were two stars I always looked forward to seeing on the TV and they were Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Their songs were truly iconic during that tremulous decade. Whitney had this caliber talent to carry a tune, to the point where most of us would of gone breathless – she could still harmoniously sync to the beat.

I’ll remember Whitney as a triple threat. She could sing, dance and act. As I mention on my facebook, if you are remotely BLESSED with one of those talents it can take you far – but if you have all three – there’s NO LIMITS to your potential. However the demons Whitney faced, like so many of our talented superstars were drugs. She coined the term on the 2002 Diane Sawyer interview “crack is whack” that open a can of worms for comedians to poke fun at her. Right now there’s silence, no one is laughing – all we hear is her amazing vocals coming out of our speakers, TVs, computers and smart phones.

People are suspecting the cause of death had to do with drugs, we won’t know until the coroner report comes out. In my opinion, I think her heart just gave out on her. Dr. Drew talked about addict recovery on CNN, if he had been treating Whitney, he would of advised her to take two years off. In 2010, Whitney told Oprah she was clean, I think she just bit off more than she could chew and it killed her. For those of us who have dealt with drugs issues, whether its our own or family/friends, the rule is take one day at a time. Sometimes planning ahead can lead to one’s demise.

I’ll miss Whitney. But like all great artists, her legacy will live through her music and talent. Be sure to watch the Grammys tonight, Jennifer Hudson will pay special tribute to Whitney Houston.

Urban Desi Artists/Talent comments on Whitney….

Taz (Stereo Nation) – I am very sad today as one of my favorite singers has unfortunately passed away. She was an inspiration to artists all over the world, may her soul rest in peace. She truly had the voice of an angel. GOD BLESS

S-Endz/Casey Rain – RIP Whitney Houston :(

Diamond Duggal – I was talking about Whitney’s talent just yesterday…a few hours later I heard the news…a very sad loss…

Mira Veda – RIP Whitney

Mentor Beats – RIP Whitney Houston. Life is too short. Enjoy it while you can. God bless x

The Truth – I know im late but R.I.P one of the greatest ever to do it….Whitney Houston! My love is your love…P

Panjabi Hit Squad – RIP Whitney Houston :-(

Indy Beats – She sung like an Angel but spent too much time in the company of the Devil – R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Sullee J – R.I.P (Picture of Whitney with Tupac)

Mixman Shawn – R.I.P. Whitney Houston…

Tarli Digital – Whitney Houston? RIP? Noooooooo! :-(

Sunny Sahota – RIP Whitney

Raxstar – Damn. #RIPWHITNEY

Bobby Friction – I brought her debut single on 12″ back in my teens…I fell in love with her.xx RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON

Raghav – I can’t believe it… Whitney houston.. We’ll miss u.. All vocalists try to reach that level of vocal perfection… Stunned..

Bohemia – RIP the great Whitney Houston. Will always love you.

Jay Sean – This is so so tragic.Another legend just gone.There were No gimmicks, no tricks, no autotune with her.Whitney was just brilliant.That’s all

H Dhami – Warrup ma people..top night of gigs,apart 4m hearing da tragic passing away off the legend Whitney Houston… A voice that will live 4ever x

MC Special – Just heard the sad news of the loss of #Whitney #Houston RIP 1963-2012 totally in shock. Great vocalist

Swami Baracus – Still sad to hear of whitney houston… this woman was the benchmark for how other voices were judged. Another talent lost to recreation…

Nindy Kaur – RIP Whitney Houston…she was a great singer and will be remembered. I really liked some of her songs, especially…

RDB – Wow another legendary voice gone :( Rest In Peace Whitney Houston…fans please keep her daughter and family in your prayers – RDB

Janina Gavankar – ….just found out about Whitney.

DJ Fricktion – Omg Whitney Houston Died? Shocking!!

Maz (Bonafide) – R.I.P Whitney Houston… Despite her controversy she had a voice that will be remembered forever.A true diva and legend.

Ziggy (Bonafide) – R.I.P Whitney houstan. We just lost a legend.

Desi Comedy – Jeff Ross did real time Whitney Houston jokes… Wow and definitely not too soon.

DJ Rekha – here is when i truly hope this soul will rest in peace for it seems she had little or none in her short life. Whitney Houston RIP

Humble The Poet – Whitney Houston Dead at 48 That is definitely a voice the world will miss One Love

Raghav sets Urban Desi Radio on FIRE!

1Mar

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Raghav always makes a great interview, the times we’ve met in the UK and California, he always cracks me up. He’s one of those artists, I can safely say, there’s NO ego about him – if there is – he HIDES really well. His new single, Fire, dropped on iTunes. He got a chance to work with producer/songwriter Jim Beanz, whose signed to Timbaland’s camp. We will hear more tracks Jim helped Raghav with on Raghav’s new album The Phoenix, which will be coming out in a couple of months. I can’t wait to showcase that on The Junction.

Petz: Do you have a storyline for Fire’s music video?

Raghav: It’s currently coming out on the radio in Canada, obviously we are going to launch it everywhere because we want to share it with the core fan base. I haven’t even thought about making a video yet – the video maybe a few months away, the record is going to be out in a few months.

Petz: When I say the name Jim Beanz, what comes to your mind?

Raghav: He’s just TALENTED! He’s one of the best producers; I’ve ever worked with. I can see why Nelly and everybody worked with him. He’s a great pop writer, I think of him as a friend. He’s extremely kind and he’s very professional. We just locked in and wrote some songs, each song is different from the other song.

Petz: I blogged about the artwork cover for Fire – it’s playful and colorful, are those paint splatters?

Raghav: You have to speak to the wonderful girl who does all that! They do look like paint splatters don’t they? Someone described it as an acid trip yesterday. (Laughs)

Petz: That was me. I described it as an acid trip.

Raghav: Oh! That was you? I thought that was kind of funny. The song had a lot of energy, I wanted the cover to have a lot of energy as well.

Petz: I feel sometimes, you don’t get the credit you deserve; will Fire catapult you into the mainstream spotlight? Is that even a priority?

Raghav: I’m very blessed; don’t ever feel sorry for me. In 2004, I was selling electronics in Calgary. By the end of the year, I had three top 10s. And four top 10s the year after that. I’ve been very lucky. It would be nice to have a global record happen once again, but the business has changed a lot, I’m keenly aware of that fact, it’s not the way it used to be. I would like to think Fire has that potential, but at the same time, if I can just share it with my fan base and have a career, then I’ll feel lucky.

Petz: What’s the meaning behind the name Phoenix?

Raghav: The Phoenix is a mythological character that can reinvent itself. It always takes its strengths and changes into something different. I like people to look at my catalog of material and think it’s diverse. I’ve never felt better – musically, then I do right now. I feel now is a good time to be conscious of my old skin and step into a new one.

Petz: Will there be any artists featured on the album?

Raghav: The tracks I’ve done with Jim, there’s none so far, but we are definitely talking to some people, hoping to make it work. But on Fire, for now, it’s just me; you are just going to have to put up with my voice.

Petz: I have no complaints. I adore your voice. I remember when you came to the AsianFX studio and surprised Sam Sam and me; we were busy plugging in your Humrahee track. And you told us your mother had a creative hand in helping you with that track. Has she helped you at all with this new album?

Raghav: Mom kind of gets involved with the Hindi songs, there’s one Hindi song on the album, that’s out on iTunes called Kya Se Kya Ho Gaya, and Mom did co-write that song with me. I’m very glad I get to work creatively with her. It’s very cool; I encourage people to check that out.

Raghav’s COVER for FIRE

27Feb

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Tomorrow we will be interviewing Raghav about his new single, FIRE, dropping March 1st! Check out the cover, it kind of reminds me of an acid trip with all these colors. I was expecting more of a shade of red, but these paint splatters are pretty cool…

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.

The Celebrity Line up for the Anokhi 5th Annual Gala

20Jan

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Three weeks today, Toronto will be a buzz when Johnnie Walker presents ANOKHI’s 5th Annual Gala in association with Bisha Hotel & Residences. this much anticipated event will be taking place on Friday February 4th 2011 at the prestigious Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex to celebrate the release of ANOKHI magazine’s 8th Anniversary Collector’s issue and ‘Sexy & Successful List’ of today’s hottest South Asians from around the world.

Anokhi Media Corp. is pleased to honour and showcase today’s South Asian movers and shakers from the fashion, entertainment, media and entrepreneurial industries who will be in attendance from Canada, the US, the UK and India.

The event will showcase a spectacular runaway show by one of India’s most celebrated Bollywood fashion designers, Vikram Phadnis who will be showcasing his spectacular collection for the very first time in North America, followed by an intimate exhibition where attendees will have the rare opportunity to meet the designer and purchase his clothing which will be available for the first time in Canada at this event. In the words of Bollywood star and former Miss Universe, Sushmita Sen: “Vikram has an individualistic style and when he dresses up stars, he keeps in mind their personal style”.

The gala will also host an array of live performances by acclaimed South Asian artists:

International musical artist, Canada’s Raghav: One of “Canada’s best-kept secrets in the Arts” – The Globe and Mail

International celebrity DJ from the US, Donna D’Cruz: “Donna’s enthusiasm and passion about music and life permeates the whole atmosphere” – Deepak Chopra, International Spiritual Life Coach

UK’s hottest musical artist Mona Singh: “She is the Asian Madonna” – Kanya King, Founder of The MOBO Awards

US’s hottest musical artist Tina: “TINA can sing and dance, and her killer abs don’t hurt either!” – New York Post

Celebrated classical Indian dancer, Canada’s Bageshree Vaze: “An absolutely electrifying performer” – Michael Crummey, award-winning author of Galore.

This will be Donna D’ Cruz’s and Mona Singh’s first official performances in Canada, Tina’s and Bageshree Vaze’s first performances at an ANOKHI event, and Raghav’s returning performance through popular public demand.

Also in attendance are well known personalities such as:

One of Canada’s top journalists, CBC News Toronto anchor, Anne-Marie Mediwake: “She is an incredible talent and well loved” – Susan Marjetti, Managing Director, CBC Toronto

Hot international model, Azura: Has Modelled for Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, Betsy Johnson & the Late Alexander McQueen.

This glitzy red carpet event will host a two hour awards and entertainment show for five hundred attendees over a four course meal with wine, as well as an exclusive VIP after party thereafter at the same venue. Doors open at 7:15 pm for the show and dinner which will run from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, and at 9:30pm for the VIP after-party, where attendance is expected to increase to over a thousand people.

Anokhi Media Corp. is also a proud supporter of the Canadian Foundation For Aids Research (CANFAR) in its mission to raise awareness and generate funds for research in all aspects of HIV infection and AIDS, and is pleased to provide the attendees with the opportunity to donate at their booth on site. Additionally, a percentage of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated in support of its objectives by Anokhi Media Corp.

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.

Raghav’s “So Much” makes the Top 10

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Raghav’s “So Much” featuring Kardinal Offishall, just made Canada’s Top 10 emerging artist list… everyone has the reese peanut butter cup fever! I love that “mmm” sound he does in the second verse, the song is pretty catchy! I can’t wait to see what else comes out of his upcoming album “The Phoenix” … the neodesi remix featuring H-Dhami has a nice beat to it.  I would love to see both of them on stage! Congrats to Raghav and team for making it to the top 10! buy So Much here

Win a Junction Mug from KryKey Internet Radio!

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You wake up to Urban Desi music on The Junction, now you have a chance to win a coffee mug of your favorite Urban Desi radio show hosted by Petz! The mug was made possible by KryKey Internet Radio

Kry Key Internet Radio host the Junction every week! Be sure to keep tuning in…

What was Raghav’s first single? please email you answer to urbandesiradio[@]gmail.com please include your name and address so we can ship you the mug ASAP!

Good luck!