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South Asians Music Artists in Mainstream Music

12Mar

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South Asians Music Artists in Mainstream Music

If you really want to go back in time, Pandit Ravi Shankar was one of the first Indians to have a name in Western music as an Indian music artist. He had really been the first one to surface in mainstream music.

I remember when I first noticed Tony Kanal from No Doubt in the 90’s. I had to look twice because he looked Indian! That made me excited because he must of been the first Indian guy I saw in a mainstream rock band. Although he was kind of white-washed, I know there was some sort of Indian inspiration in the band. Remember when Gwen Stephani went through that phase where she’d where bindis and Indian jewelry? Yup, it must of been Tony’s inspiration. They dated each other too, and “Don’t Speak” was about him. Just a random fact I thought I’d throw out there.

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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

Tigerstyle – KUDI [G-TA Remix – VIP Version] by g-ta


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!

Dub Sharma by Dub Sharma


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!

Kumarachi – Chasing Ghosts by kumarachi

Rooh Ba Rooh – 08/16/10

18Aug

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Picture 1Now you can take “Rooh Ba Rooh” with you on your ipods, experience the magic of connecting one soul to another, as Simran takes us on a journey of soul searching and truth. Every Monday night, 8pm on 1170am or growingsoul.com & Saanj.net

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Rooh Ba Rooh – 08/09/10

9Aug

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Now you can take “Rooh Ba Rooh with you on your ipods, experience the magic of connecting one soul to another, as Simran takes you on a journey of soul searching and truth. Every Monday night, 8pm on 1170am, growingsoul.com and Saanj.net.

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Rooh Ba Rooh – 08/02/10

2Aug

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Picture 1Now you can take “Rooh Ba Rooh” with you on your ipods, experience the magic of connecting one soul to another, as Simran takes us on a journey of soul searching and truth. Every Monday night, 8pm on 1170am or growingsoul.com & Saanj.net

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Download 2012 out now on iTunes!

2Aug

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

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

Vishal’s debut single – Majajne

30Jul

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New debut single from Vishal, “Majajne” was released on itunes yesterday. He’s hoping that this will be a summer hit, I think it has a good potential in the UK Bhangra scene. He’s trying to stray away from traditional bhangra beats and coming up with his own flavor. You can download the song here.

Man Forced to Marry his Girlfriend

25Jul

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My friends have been sending this video all through twitter and facebook, in my past 10 years in journalism, I’ve never seen anything like this! What disturbs me is people finding this funny? It kind of makes me feel uncomfortable? Jagdish might “man up” and accept it, but if he’s really showing no interest in getting married to Lakshmi, why would you want you daughter to marry a schmuck like this?

Jay Sean going political?

24Jul

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It seems like Jay Sean is taking interest in South Asians in American politics… is he following Mallika Sherawat lead in her upcoming film Politics of Love? Is he planning to run himself? (little problem with UK citizenship — but he can become an American citizen!) The Indian American Leadership Initiative conference is taking place today at Georgetown University. Jay Sean will be participating in the closing reception “Behind the Mic: Jay Sean and the New Er of Indian Americans in Politics” maybe he will give them an encore and sing “My Own Way”

Over six Indian Americans are running for Congressional seats, that’s the largest number of South Asians running in US history.

“I am really excited about participating in the IALI conference this weekend, I’m proud of these pioneering South Asians being celebrated for their individual talents and gifts, and happy to lend my support.” says Jay.

Over the last couple of years, since Jay “made his own way” to Cash Money records, folks in and out of the Urban/Desi industry have snickered “Jay has sold out” “He has forgotten his South Asian roots” “He doesn’t consider himself Punjabi” and “Cash Money has gone to his head”

That couldn’t be farther from the truth, I think he’s proud of his South Asian heritage, we should be celebrating the fact more South Asian artist are breaking into mainstream. Look at Aslam? He might be linking up with Guns “n” Roses and Coldplay. We all have to make “our own way” to get to mainstream…