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Desi Raw Radio

23Sep

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The beautiful thing about podcasting is the creative flare and freedom.

Industry Veterans DJ Dips and Mentor Beats recently launched “Desi Raw Radio” it’s a nice blend of urban/bhangra/a bit of bollywood/mainstream beats.

Dips and Mentor scored an interview with Rishi Rish.

Fans of Rishi, Jay Sean and Juggy D eagerly await the trios new track “Freak” – do they still have the magical chemistry? We shall see…

We will be featuring their Desi Raw Radio on our Soundcloud (upper right corner)

 

Plans for 2015

11Jan

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After a two week holiday in San Francisco, I’m heading back to London today. I’ve been thinking a lot about UDR. It’s quite honestly such a waste that we’ve created this platform and we hardly blog.

I do believe the UK still has a unique vibe, especially for Urban Desi music.

I hate to see it this¬† site collect dust balls, my goal for 2015 is to bring you all content that others tend to ignore because in their eyes it’s not trendy or won’t get them hits on their site. They just need to think outside the box. All it takes is a little creative flare and not just publishing press releases.

That’s my renewed commitment to you, I’m hoping to punch out a blog a week. Maybe a podcast once a month? I just don’t want to make any promises to you.

It’s the 11th day of the new year, hopefully check back in with us next week to see if we put up a new blog. ūüėČ Happy New Year!

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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DJ Rekha attempts new world record…

6Oct

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The founder of Basement Bhangra, DJ Rekha attempts to break the Guinness World Record for worlds largest Bhangra dance today in New York City! If anyone can pull it out, the Queen of Turntables can… stay tune as we follow this story.

**UPDATE**

Make way for a new entry in the Guinness World Records – our predication came true – DJ Rekha held the BIGGEST BHANGRA DANCE PARTY in NYC! Congratulations to DJ Rekha and her team!

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10 Things That Really Piss Me Off About The South Asian Music Scene

19Oct

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I was taught to never hold in feelings or thoughts which are bothersome. Otherwise they turn into a big ball of fire.¬† Well, too late‚Ķ.I’ve finally complied¬†a list of what really bothers me about the South Asian music scene. It might be a harsh article, but it’s seriously how I feel. Read it, and weep.

Trance & House Bollywood Remixes –¬†A Bollywood song is released. Whether it‚Äôs about Munni‚Äôs Jawani. Or about Sheila being badnaam‚Äôed. Or about a Jawani being Halkat. Whatever it may be‚Ķ you‚Äôll have a house/techno/trance REMIXED version of it before you can¬† quickly say

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Bikram Singh Performs in the Heart of San Francisco

25Sep

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A Rockstar…with that perfect dose of Urban Desi. What? You don’t get it? “Beyonce” ? I don’t need to go down the list of his discography to explain what a clever genius he is to have combined urban pop, soul, and hip hop into his music. It’s almost as if he has a new age way of singing kaliyan but with that contemporary urban feel. What could be more 2012, yet so traditionally sweet straight out of the heart of Punjab? BIKRAM SINGH!! (In his case, straight out of the heart of NYC, woot woot). I won’t go into all the extra details of his talents. Only because you know them already. I will mention however, that I love and respect the fact that he writes his own lyrics. That’s definitely what makes his songs more divergent.

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8 Reasons Why We Love Culture Shock

29Mar

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After the recent release of their new mix tape – Leger Tender 2.5, we fell in love with the Baba Kahn, Sunny Brown and Lomaticc ¬†all over again! We couldn’t take it anymore and had to express our feelings about what makes them one of the best South Asian music groups! Keep reading to find out the top reasons why they are loved by thousands of people from all around the world.

8. Down to Earth Kinda Guys

The Urban Desi Radio team has been lucky enough to meet the Culture Shock crew. We can genuinely say that they are nicest guys in the business! They love making time for the fans and always make sure they keep their followers happy!

7. Excellent Management & Media Support

The trio is supported by some of the greatest entertainment professionals in the South Asian music business. Their direct manager Rinku Ghei plans and executes everything from marketing to show production with great ability. The group‚Äôs biggest media sponsors–Desi Hits.com, do a great job promoting their success as well!

6. Everyone Gets a Backstage Pass

We love the fact that the group is always making an effort to give their fans a sneak peek of their production process through videos on YouTube. Their fans love to see how their creativity unfolds which gives everyone a feeling of closeness to the group. Score!

5.  Damn Good Looks & Charm

This trio has the perfect mix of good looks, charm and sexiness! Each one of the guys bring something different to the table and the ladies go completely ga-ga over it!

4. Ability to Produce All Types of Music

Calling these guys creative is an understatement. Not only can they produce amazing music, but they seem to have mastered every type of music genre. From hip hop, R&B, dance, urban Desi¬† to ¬†traditional Desi music ‚Äď these guys have it on lock. ¬†They are jacks of all trades!

3. Social Media Savvy

The Culture Shock team are pros at marketing their content on the net through social media but most importantly, we love the fact that they take time out of their busy schedules to reply back or re-tweet their fans. And if you’re a fan, getting a re-tweet or a reply is the best feeling in the world!

2. Free Music = Happiness

To be quite honest, our jaws dropped when we saw that their new album РLegal Tender 2.5  was up for free download! In this day and age, you won’t find many music artists putting up an entire album up for grabs like that. For this reason, we bow down to them!

 

1. They Know How to Rock a Crowd

If you’ve ever seen Culture Shock perform live, you know what we‚Äôre talking about! We‚Äôve seen these guys pump up the crowd like no other music group. Not only do the ladies go crazy, but their music sends intense shock waves to your brain making you realize how awesome they are on and off the stage!

Time and time again, Culture Shock proves to be one of the most loved South Asian music groups. We wish them a long and prosperous music life and hope they continue to produce amazing music for many years to come!

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Dil Ki Baatein – The 515 crew ft. Chirag Rao OUT NOW ON iTunes

29Mar

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Dil Ki Baatein brings together an array of amazing talents. The tune written and composed by World Music artist the lovely Sonia Panesar.¬† You throw in the 515 Crew who delivers musical influences from all around the world with that Bollywood flare. They have performed with Legendary Alaap, Navin Kundra, Sunil Kalyan and Sonia Panesar. Besides 515 Crew amazing hook in the beginning of the track and Chirag’s smooth vocals really pulls you in.¬† Chirag studied under the phenomenal Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, whose also taught singers such as Hariharan, Shaan and Sonu Nigam.¬† Get your copy Dil Ki Baatein now!

Urban Desi Radio – Show #2 – March 2012

27Mar

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Playlist:

1. “World” – Culture Shock

2. “Aint No Love” – Raxstar feat. Yamla Jatt

3. “San Franpsycho” – Mandeep Sethi

4. “Moorni” – Panjabi MC (Pure Music Generals Version)

5. “Bad Girls” – M.I.A. (Jimmy Love Moombahton Edit)

6. “Mahi Mahi” – Bilal Saeed

7. “Save the World” – Culture Shock feat. Nindy Kaur

8. “Nachengi” – Bikram Singh

9. “Depths of¬† My Soul” – Saint Soilder

10. “Oh Re Piya” – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (DJ¬†Amar Choudhary Mix)

11. “Boohey Baariyan” – Hari and Sukhmani

12. “Nachle” – Punjabi Hit Squad

 

 

Send your music requests to @urbandesiradio or urbandesiradio@gmail.com

 

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Sonia Panesar Pays Tribute to Jagjit Singh

23Mar

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This is probably one of the most beautiful tributes we’ve come across in memory of the Late Jagjit Singh, the King of Ghazals. Sonia’s voice magically takes us back to the famous 1982 tour Jagjit and Chitra did. It’s almost like Sonia’s voice is being guided by Jagjit’s spirit – a very heartfelt and simple melody – with that 2012 touch to amp up the beat. Charkha Mera Rangla will be out on iTunes April 9th, just in time for Vaisakhi! This Punjabi Folk Smash-Hit was produced by sound extraordinaire Phat Kat!

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