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…Where’s Veronica going?

2Feb

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The Desi Diva already has her title set in motion, she will be Rishi’s songwriter as he embarks on his next musical chapter with Timbaland’s camp. I’ve already joked if the songs turn out to be like Permission, I’m in a shitload of trouble (because the song will never get out of my head). As Rishi mentioned, it’s her turn to shine, I think that’s great she will be joining him along on the Journey. She’s more than just eye candy… I can’t wait to see what the two of them produce.

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.

Rishi Rich joins Timbaland’s Management Camp

1Feb

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It’s funny, a couple of weeks ago I was smoking hookah and having a cup of cinnamon tea with Moiz at Mela Tandoori Kitchen, we started to talk about Rishi being in NYC and settling in the states. We both agreed something big was about to blow over, it was just a question of when. With Jay Sean being tied in with Cash Money, it seem like Rishi would be next to be tied somewhere in the mainstream spectrum. And guess what just happen?

He tweeted a few minutes ago…

“I’m Proud 2 say ive joined da same management as Timbaland &Jim Beanz, which is Mike Daddy of Sunset entertainment/Timberland Productions”

Timbaland and Rishi… a very interesting combo. In ’03, Timbaland was working with up and coming artist Raje Shwari. I was told he went into a Jackson Heights CD store and  bought over 10,000 dollars worth of  Desi music (lucky store owner huh?).  Now with Rishi on Timbaland’s team – will we be hearing a Desi undertone in mainstream tracks? Most likely. We haven’t heard a Desi Undertone in Jay Sean’s tracks since he signed to Cash Money, but whose to say it will never happen? Timing is everything. Congratulations to Rishi, whether you produce something with a Desi undertone or not, it will surely be heard… we will be waiting.

You Got Mail: Amrik Dholi

1Feb

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One of our You Got Mail tracks this week on the Junction is Mera Laung Gawacha – Amrik on the Dhol, who took Harleen Singh’s vocals from a youtube video. I got to know Amrik Dholi during my time on Asian FX radio, I remember playing “Fierce Giddah” on my weekend show. He’s very talented and I like the fact he tries different things when it comes to music. It’s great to still have a platform where I can feature him and any other artists who wants to be featured on the Junction. Check out the track and support Amrik! PS. He promises more tracks will be coming my way this year!

Mera Laung Gawacha Harleen Singh Amrik Dholi by amrikdholi

The Junction: Retribution by Dark MC

1Feb

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This week on the Junction we will be featuring Dark MC’s new album Retribution, you can get it on ITUNES right now!

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

Sonie Clinic is putting together a Chinese New Year Health Celebration February 3rd and 4th, from 10am to 6pm.

– Enjoy traditional Chinese New Year Treats and Music. FREE Chair massage.

– $20 Acupuncture Anti Stress relief treatment. FREE Chiropractic and Acupuncture Consultations

– FREE Wellness Blood pressure check

– FREE Hormone Balance check

Visit Sonie Clinic or call 408-729-1808

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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Which Beatle would Pree Mayall be?

28Jan

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I would say Ringo! Pree plays the Dhol and Ringo played the drums for the Beatles. We just need to get Pree some funky shades and he will be all set to rock. He took a sample of the Beatles smashing hit HELP… check it out!

Help – Sample by PreeMayall

Sikholars: Sikh Professional Networking Conference

27Jan

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Our friends at the Jakara Movement are putting together a 2 day Social Networking Conference (Sikholars) at California State University East Bay.  It’s geared towards those 25 and older, so if you see something that might sparks your interest, sign up!

Sikholars will be held February 25-27, 2011 at California State University, East Bay. The two day conference, a premier destination for young Sikh professionals to interact and network with peers, creates an open forum surrounding the intersection of Sikh academic research and professional social interaction.

Sikholars allows for attendees to enjoy and engage in interactive research presentations pertaining to Sikh economic, political, health, cultural, and social life. This will be the first conference tailored towards Sikh professionals ages 25+. Based on last year’s reception of the conference, attendees from throughout the US and Canada will be in attendance.

Register Now!

2011 Abstracts


In Memory of Ajeet Singh Matharu

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Earlier this year at our first Sikholars 2010: Sikh Graduate Student Conference, young researchers from across North America came to present their work on the Stanford University campus.  Each with their own work; each with their own perspective.  One of the most memorable was Ajeet Singh Matharu.  Ajeet Singh presented his paper “Punjab and Sikh Studies in Historiographical Moments”.  This past summer, he was taken to us far too soon.  At the upcoming Sikholars 2011 we seek to create a proper legacy tribute for Ajeet Singh.  Please feel free to send us suggestions.

Below you will find an ‘In Remembrance’ article about Ajeet Singh by a friend, colleague, and brother.