Tag: South Asian

Put Down The Desi Daroo And Support Your Local Music Artists

22Mar

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support-your-localI wish I saw more of this! Speaking from personal experience, why do people not support local artists? I’m talking about the South Asians mainly. If you look at the white kids, they absolutely love their local artists and bands. They would do anything to support them, have it be a concert at a local dive bar, a radio-hosted event, an appearance at t nightclub – you name it. I just don’t see this happening in the South Asian community, mainly with the younger South Asian generation.

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5 Heartthrob Urban Desi Singers the Ladies’ Love

15Mar

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5. Junai Kaden

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He’s a protégé of Mumzy Stranger but has a completely different swagger. Junai burst out onto the Desi music scene in 2011 with his smash hit single Aaja Mere Naal. This song took the South Asian music scene scene by storm and proved to the ladies he’s definitely a sexy singer with lyrics to only tease!

 

4. Lomaticc

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Oh, Lomaticc! Not only is he a favorite with the ladies but, his passionate singing voice can put someone in a major love lockdown. He fits perfectly as Culture Shock’s lead singer with dashing boyish charm and a wonderful voice. Oh, and that jaw line – it’s a killer! Watch him in action in Culture Shock’s smash hit single Ex’ed Up.

 

3. H-Dhami

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Smashing good looks. Check. An amazing singing voice. Check. A heart of gold. Double Check! Ask anyone who has met him, he truly resonates humility and elegant charm. He’s been a ladies’ man since day one and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. Get a sneak peek of his charm in our favorite H-Dhami song Haar Gabroo.

 

2. Imran Khan

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Females often tell us how sexy he is. “He’s someone I would totally do naughty things with!” said one female fan. Well, you know what? We don’t blame her because there’s just something about Imran’s bad-boy persona and talent that attracts all types of females. Want a lil’ taste of his bad-boy flavor? Check him out in one of his sexiest music videos Bewafa.

 

1. Jay Sean

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Jay Sean is a Grade A, certified ladies man! This guy has specialized in making the girls go complete gaga. Not only because of his striking good looks but, his amazing ability to sing  dreamy ballads that really send the ladies into orbit. Jay Sean has proven time and time again that he will always be in the hearts of most South Asian ladies! We can’t get enough of him in our favorite song Ride It.

 

Think someone should be on this list?

 Tweet us @UrbanDesiRadio or drop us a line on our Facebook and let us know!

 

 

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3 Desi Dub-Step Artists You May Not Know About

3Mar

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3. G-Ta

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G-Ta is into experimenting Punjabi music with Dub-step and Drum & Bass.  “He is definitely in the vanguard of the new collection of producers on the electronic side of Asian music coming out of Dubai, India and Pakistan!” – Bobby Friction

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2. Dub Sharma

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This guy was an 8th grader when her entered the electronic music scene and started using beat programs to produce hip-hop and bhangra beats. Dub Sharma was introduced to the world in 2010 with his track “Raaz” featuring Jeetu Ramachandran. Since then he’s be discovered by numerous South Asian radio DJs around the world!

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1. Kumarachi

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2011 was Kumarachi’s year! Let’s just say Bobby Friction really spread the word about this guys impecible talent to fuse industrial dub-step beats with melodious Desi sounds. His tracks “Bombay Sapphire”, “Keep Moving”, and “Chasing Ghosts” are some of his hottest tracks which have gained much notoriety in the past year!

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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

Petz interviews Jay Sean round 2 ding ding

7Feb

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“Hit the lights” hits itunes tomorrow, Jay’s camp predicts this tune will be bigger then Down, only time will tell. 2011 has been kind to Jay Sean, he’s was on Nick Cannon’s “My P.O.V” (documentary TV program) which followed him all the way to his concert with Enrique Iglesias, at Madison Square Garden. UK Disney has him lined up to be a mentor to a youth who wants to break into the music industry and he’s gearing to release his new album “Freeze Time” later this year. We touched on Wiley’s comments against Jay Sean, but Jay seems like he wants to put the whole fiasco behind him. Should his fans follow his lead or has the issue gone far beyond Jay vs. Wiley? If you want my opinion, I have a feeling Rishi Rich and Timbaland will be the ones producing a new Desi tune for Jay.

Petz: Down sold 5 million copies, in your opinion what does “Hit the Lights” have that will make it surpass Down’s success?

Jay Sean: I’m not really looking at the amount of copies, chart positions and stuff like that for success.  I’m looking at it as a song that connects to my fans and the people. When I do my performances, when I sing a song at a concert, I realize what’s successful by the audience reactions. That’s how I know it’s made an impact. With “Hit The Lights” it’s a club record, it’s going to get hammered and battered in the clubs. That’s why I feel it will probably be heard more then Down.

Petz: Has Lil Wayne picked up on any of your British slang?

Jay Sean: I think so. I tried to teach Birdman some of the slang, Birdman ends up laughing at me because he finds it so hilarious. I think half the time I don’t know what they are saying with their New Orleans accent. Nicki (Minaj) has been picking up some lingo.

Petz: If Prince William and Kate were to invite you to sing at their wedding, which song from Freeze Time would you dedicate to them and why?

Jay Sean: Break Your Back (laughs) because that’s the perfect way to consummate their marriage!

Petz: Rishi Rich broke the news that he’s joining Timbaland’s production company, you have mention in the past you would love to add a Desi undertone to one of your track if it made sense. Could Timbaland and Rishi be the ones to produce a Desi undertone track for your new wave of fans and your long time fans to enjoy?

Jay Sean: Definitely! Rishi is amazing when it comes to doing that stuff. Rishi does it better than anyone I know, he understands Indian music, he’s crazy with the club bangers and Timbaland too. So with those two getting together, it’s going to be nuts!

Petz: I have to admit, the first version of 2012 I heard was the chipmunk version. It sounded awful, are you finding it to be difficult to keep your tracks under wrap here in the states?

Jay Sean: It’s not about being in the states; the problem is that it’s impossible to stop a leak. It takes only one person in this world, just one out of six billion, to have your song on the internet for the world to hear. That one person could be anybody, it could be the person delivering the CD to mix studio, or one of the engineers takes it home to show his friends, it could be anything! It can be when it goes to the plant to get pressed up and people just take it home. It’s just going to leak, there’s no way you can stop it.

Petz: With the UK AMAs coming up, do you think it’s fair to have up and coming artists go against you?

Jay Sean: What do you mean? Fair for who?

Petz: I’m just saying to put you in a category with Mumzy for example; do you think that’s fair? You have kind of out grown the AMAs.

Jay Sean: I look at it like this, I’m still so honored, and I’m very flattered that the Asian scene holds me up in that regard. They don’t treat me as if I’m acting like I’m bigger than them, the scene or anyone. They embrace me, the same way they embrace the Asian scene. I’m an artist who has had success, but I also come from an Asian origin. Is it fair to put Skepta up against Jay Z at the MOBO awards (Music of Black Origin) in England? They are put in the same category sometimes, I’m still flattered they would want to nominate me for awards and don’t think I’ve gotten too big for my boots.

Petz: If you were one of the youngsters participating in Disney UK’s “Aim High XD” which artist, not including yourself, right here, right now would you like to have as a mentor?

Jay Sean: Oh wow. That’s a very good question. I think Justin Timberlake. He has been around for such a long time, he’s seen every thing and nothing fazes him. He was a part of the Disney channel himself; he’s just grown up with it. There’s no experience, no event or no venue that he hasn’t encountered; he can give you advice on anything. I think the fact he sings, dances, acts and writes his own songs he’s very very very talented.

Petz: Do you think racism played a part in Wiley’s comments on Twitter on Friday?

Jay Sean: I’m not going to get into the Wiley thing. It was so ridiculous, it was so silly, so pathetic on so many levels that I ignored it. I wish my fans, I love them so much and it came out how much my fans love me, support me and they wanted to defend me. I love them for that, but I had to urge them to stop. It’s not worth it, you should always look pass these things, look above and beyond this kind of stuff.  It could only bring you up or down, if we participate and engage in it.

Petz: Do you wish Wiley took it up through Direct Message, would that have been better?

Jay Sean: Yes. Of course! Which is how we ended up dealing with it. At the end of the day, this is what the problem is with twitter and all the other social networks – it’s too public. Every thing is public and I’m an old schooler, I don’t mean in regards to age, I believe in certain things being precious to humanity, I believe in privacy, I believe in keeping some things close to your heart. I believe in having a conversation without worrying about being tape by somebody sitting next to you on their mobile phones. It’s a major invasion of privacy at times, I don’t think should be used like that.

Petz: Can you give us the inside scoop of what “My P.O.V” with Nick Cannon is all about?

Jay Sean: That’s basically a real fun project, I took part in where Nick and Nickelodeon followed me around for a few days, leading up to my performance at Madison Square Garden with Enrique Iglesias. I had my own flip cam, to film myself. It’s really meant to be real deep and insightful documentary – through my eyes. What you are watching on TV is being ME – what I see.

Petz: In the past, some of your  most successful singles have been one-syllable words, you have Maybe, Stay and of course Down – do you have another one-syllable title track in the making?

Jay Sean: I never thought about that. I do have quite a few one-syllable songs on my new album. Let’s hope they are just as successful!

I was only given seven minutes to do the interview, I had a few more questions to kind of wrap it up. But next time for sure!

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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.

Leave the turban out of this…

6Feb

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It happens, one artist go against another artist, whether what they say is true or not, we can’t come to the conclusion unless we have both the facts. I do think Jay Sean and Wiley should of took this up on DM, but what’s done is done. However Wiley claims he’s not a racist, it’s hard to believe that when he tweets…

@ErumLvzJaySean yes u dickhead now what i will slap of ya dads turbin

Seriously, go on dissing Jay Sean and his fans, but when it comes to the South Asian culture and the religions, it’s best not to tread in those waters Wiley. Once you put it out there in the social media world, it’s done. Comments like this — it may not happen now but it will come back to bite you in the ass. I’m following your lead, the Jay Sean remarks is old news, start tweeting about your music Wiley. Give your new followers something to listen to.

The Beef Goes On…

4Feb

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If you were at work, on a plane, train or just bored, the hot Twitter topic (not really…) was the beef between Jay Sean and Wiley. Some call it jealousy on Wiley’s part. I call it stupidity on both sides, although Jay Sean has a lot more on the line where he didn’t let it drag on, but squashed it. It could of been handled through DM, Jay could of ignored it and Wiley could of gone back producing his beats (although he claims he can tweet and record at the same time) Brilliant! If you could remember a world before social network phenomenon, artists would take jabs at each other either at a club or on a MTV special. It was actually folks in the media to blow it out proportion, now with Twitter, you can leave it to the fans to let it go on for days. At least it didn’t end up as a trend topic, if it did, I would seriously have to question the IQ of the users on twitter. The lesson for any artist reading this, whether you are with Jay or Wiley, the one thing you should remember if you got beef with someone you don’t need to broadcast it on twitter… try dropping the person a text or email.

Wiley Says…

@jaysean someone said to me ask Jay Sean to bring me and I said Jay Sean ain’t gonna care he is busy bro that was all
“@jaysean what’s goin on tho everything bless
jaysean exactly you don’t care so why act like you do for 5 seconds
@jaysean why did you ask me the question answer that
Uk people who blow up in the USA I’m happy for them why ain’t they happy for the uk tho ya see that rich an switch lol
Big up Jay Sean but don’t get Leary tho Jay

Jay Sean Says…

I am confused brutha. I put YOU on my rmx for DOWN???! RT @WileyArtist: @jaysean exactly you don’t care so why act like you do for 5 seconds
@WileyArtist And i worked with Skepta…AND BBK!!! Ive always had shown love for u and the grime scene..Chip, Tinie,I’ve worked wit all of u

My Peeps don’t get sucked into negativity,it’s all good.We hold our heads high and move upwards towards achieving greatness.Pay it no mind.

“‘no great thing is created suddenly,give it time,work hard & always be gracious and kind’ I spent 9yrs grinding n never dissed a soul#fact

Thank you from the UDR Founders

1Feb

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Dearest Donors,

On January 30th 2011, Urban Desi Radio reached our 1,000 dollar goal to the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention in memory of Jagmeet (Rana) Sidhu. It’s all thanks to donors like you who contributed and helped spread this around your facebooks, twitters and other social networking platforms. It proves yet again, when we all come together as a community, things happen for the better. We were turned down by one Gurdwara who wouldn’t let us set up a booth to collect funds, but we must keep in mind it’s not the Gurdwara as a whole, it’s the politics behind it that tends to turn a blind eye on important issues like this one. However, the San Jose Gurdwara let us set up a booth, there was some hesitation at first, but I think they saw the number of people approaching us and understood this was a worthy cause. On Rana’s page we have facts about youth suicide and signs of depression in Punjabi and English, We’re hoping we can get it translated in Hindi and other South Asian languages so we can reach a broad spectrum of the community. If you or someone you know could help us with the translation please get in touch.

While none of us at UDR knew Rana personally,  we feel this is a positive way to honor his memory and to spread awareness, our site is geared towards the younger generation, they are going to be tomorrow’s leaders and it’s never too soon to plant the seeds of awareness in their minds.

We thank you once again for your contributions. Peace and love to all.

Regards,

Peta Cooper and Mandeep Banga
Founders of Urban Desi Radio

In Memory of Jagmeet: Urban Desi Radio has reached our 1k goal!

30Jan

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A little over a month ago, Urban Desi Radio decided to participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention overnight walk in NYC, we asked Jagmeet’s family if we could do it in memory of him, they gave us their blessings – little did we know it would only take us a month to reach our goal. With the help of Dr. Harkesh Sandhu, founder of Sahaita, we were able to do a fundraiser at the San Jose Gurdwara. Slightly over an hour, we raised over 158 dollars, UDR was joined by Dr. Sonie Sandhu, a chiropractor who has a clinic in San Jose. Dr. Sonie also has a radio show she does every Wednesday on Radio CK (formally Geet Radio). She’s been a wonderful supporter  to Urban Desi Radio.  The patrons at the San Jose Gurdwara generously donated whatever they could and wanted to know more about suicide prevention. We had flyers given out in English and Punjabi, hopefully this will create a healthy platform for dialogue and coming together as a community.

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Booth at the San Jose Gurdwara 01/30/11

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