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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

BhangraPolice a genius or a fool?

27Dec

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Our friends @SimplyBhangra revealed they know @BhangraPolice’s identity.  He’s a long time respected producer who is now on the artist SHITLIST.  What a way to shoot yourself in the foot eh? At one time or another, some of us have come up with alter-egos, some of the best tweets come from alter-ego personas. But BhangraPolice took a step too far, it’s one thing to be naughty/humorous, but when you spit venom and stir up shit… if you are respected in the industry there’s no need to come up with an alter-ego.  You are respected for your creativity, so speak creativity too!

The one thing he succeeded at was pissing off a lot of people and burning down bridges. I felt really bad for Bally Jagpal, who MANY suspected he was the one posting as BhangraPolice. Sorry folks…its not Bally (from what I’ve been told)

BhangraPolice is gone,  but not forgotten.  Any PR genius want to come to this artist’s rescue? And BhangraPolice if you are reading this, I would gladly give you a platform to explain yourself. You know where to reach me.

Brighting light to Desi Media Bullying LGBT Members

23Dec

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Our friend @TheGaysian brought to our attention a sad trend that has been around for a long time – media professionals who are a part of the LGBT community, but are being bullied by their managers and co-workers, especially in Desi Media. It all starts with a snarky comment and escalates to isolation and intimidation to unemployment. We stand next to the TheGaysian that this is NOT ok. While in these tough economic times, some might believe its foolish to stand up for a co-worker being bullied if that means YOU might get fired, but where’s the integrity?

As members of the LGBT community – we live, we sleep, we cry and we do a kick ass job in media like anyone else. Some of us are open and some of us are not, regardless whether we are out or keep our sexuality to ourselves; no one has the right to bully us. It only takes one person to stand up for another to set a positive message.

I would encourage if you see this type of ruthless behavior in the workplace, especially if you are a member of the media – be bold and stand up for your co-worker.

No such thing as queer desis? Think again… check out trikone.org

Another repetitive beat…Why N.S? Why?

23Dec

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Believe me… I really wanted to fall in love with this tune, really I did. While it promised an upbeat tempo, the repetitive beat just made me want to gag. There is nothing fresh about this track, that normally N.S delivers – but anyone can have a bad day or in this case a bad track.  We will probably receive death threats from you hardcore bhangra fans… you know the email. Keep them coming. Daru is poop poop.

Simon WANTS You!

1Dec

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We don’t mean Simon Cowell, but a cooler Simon – the one and only Simon Duggal! What an impressive resume he has… founding member/producer/writer for Swami, producer of Shania Twain, producer/writer for Apache Indian and producer/writer for Stereo Nation. He’s currently looking for  male and female singers/rappers, song writers and dancers to participate in upcoming projects.

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Good Luck!

Sunny Leone will break record numbers…

30Nov

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The hot topic this week (for the past few weeks) is Sunny Leone on India’s Bigg Boss show. For those of you who have been living under a rock, Sunny Leone is a porn star here in the states, but having the pleasure of interviewing her (twice), she’s a very smart and intelligent woman. I would bet you all the rupees in the world, the people who are complaining about her, secretly jack off to her videos behind the black curtain.

The complaints are lame, I don’t think Bigg Boss is meant for the younger viewers, but again some people are under the delusion that all entertainment made in India is strictly for families and no one else. Bigg Boss is all about controversy. I’ve seen kids as young as 12 looking at porn in Mumbai internet cafes. I’ve seen couples around marine drive having dry sex on the beaches. I doubt Sunny is going to “corrupt” minds, the sponsors of Bigg Boss will see some major ROI bucks coming in – thanks to Sunny.

Osama and Talal Keeps Us “Balance”

11Oct

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The dynamic duo, Osama Com Laude and Talal Quereshi team up and produce a new single “The Balance” which already has a video to go with it. Osama is known for his underground hip-hop flow with Talal’s beats. When is the album dropping boys???

Nachungi OUT on iTunes

10Oct

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Another hit from Flavashop! You will have Nachungi stuck in your head for sure! It’s been a busy year for Sonia Panesar, her last single with Phat Kat and Mehi “Boliyan” has been flying off the charts from South Africa to Australia. Nachungi features Phat Kat as well.

Purchase Nachungi on iTunes

Halal Does A Wok…

28Aug

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If you are a fan of Bonafide, stop by and check out Ziggy’s new restaurant Halal Wok (Chinese Halal food)! As Ramadan comes to a close, Ziggy has put together a special Ramadan menu, perfect for your iftar! On Halal Wok you can easily order online, the food is fresh and delivery is fast to satisfy your late night Chinese cravings!

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UK Riots Tribute Track Surinder Sangha ft. Amar Singh & Prime

24Aug

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After a two year hiatus, Surinder Sangha who brought us “Braveheart” and “Fight” ft. KS Makhan is back with a tribute track to all who were affected by the UK riots. This track features Amar Singh and Prime, Amar’s talent as a folk singer was noted by his teachers and he went on winning several state competitions for his dynamic vocals. Our sister site SimplyBhangra.com is hosting this FREE TRACK, so please download it and pass it all to all your friends.