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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

Remembering Rana

29Feb

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It’s been over two years since Rana passed away. I’ve been an avid participant in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Last year I dedicated my fundraising in Rana’s memory. It made such a big impact, I feel Urban Desi Radio can be used as a platform to bring awareness to suicide prevention within the South Asian community. The goal is to raise 1,000 dollars. Please pass on this blog to all your friends and family. To make a donate CLICK HERE.

Catch DJ Rekha on ABC Nightline

28Feb

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DJ Rekha at NSB in San Francisco

This is big news for Bhangra music and Underground Desi beats, DJ Rekha will be on ABC NIGHTLINE tomorrow night. Be sure to tune in. For over a decade, DJ Rekha has been hosting Basement Bhangra at SOBs in NYC.

Do you have dreams of becoming a dholi?

28Feb

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My first UK paycheck, I knew what I want – A DHOL! I quickly rushed to Jas Music in Southall, I proudly went up to the clerk and said I want a dhol. He gave me a good price, threw in a free bag and I was on my way. I picked up a flyer and went to a community center for classes. It was a disaster, needless to say, I can’t play the dhol. In fact the teacher made me go to the back and practice a simple composition. I also got it – but failed. To add insult to injury, I was the only woman in the class and some of the blokes mumbled “moti gori” (fat white girl) under their breath. That hurt. I could of snapped back “benchod” but I have more class than that. I never went back. I lost about 75 quid. I still have my dhol, it proudly hangs in my room. I feel like a poser, but maybe I will pick it up again. The problem is there’s NO dhol classes here in the Bay Area.

Recently Dhol Lessons Online has come up with an interesting concept. For 50 quid a year (79 dollars a year) you get unlimited access to their tutorial videos and access to their member area. That’s cheaper than most private dhol lessons. You can learn from the comfort of your own home and the customer service is fabulous. If you are shy in front of people or have no sense of rhythm like me – this is a steal of a deal!

Rock n Dhol folks.

Petz is a wannabe dholi who has no rhythm, but she can whip up chana masala with her eyes closed. That has to count for something right?

The American Nightmare…

27Feb

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I was shocked to see this appear on my FB timeline. It’s a painful that we don’t have health care in this country, we have sick care. The dark side of this care is the bill the patient gets stuck with aka an uninsured American. This bill is for just being in the hospital for 5 days. I got a chest infection in the UK, was kept there eight days and they sent me off with an extra dose of my asthma medicine. How much did I have to pay? Nothing. While I was bored to tears by the fifth day; I couldn’t help but be grateful I wasn’t going to get stuck with an astronomical bill like this one. The taxes in the UK are outrageous, but at least I know I will be taken care if I got sick. The NHS (UK Healthcare) is far from perfect — however —I would rather be treated under NHS than here in America.

Petz is a dual US and UK citizen, she’s currently going through Nandos withdrawls (pita and hummus platters) — please send your nandos cards to urbandesiradio[@]gmail.com so she can raid Nandos the next time she’s in the UK.

Hor Pila De Promo (Diary of a Butterfly)

26Feb

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We reported Brit-Asian superstar Taz was named musical director for the upcoming film “Diary of a Butterfly”  starring Udita Goswami & Rati Adnihotr. Here’s a snip of Hor Pila De. Taz made a smart move when he decided to crossover to Bollywood. Although we know he gets homesick (missing his beans on toast) the amount of time and energy he’s invested in this film will be unveiled March 2nd. No doubt this is only the first in a series of musical director roles for Taz. Bollywood is surely blessed.

Top 10 Sexiest Urban Desis

25Feb

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South Asians are known to be some of the best-looking people on earth. Piercing eyes, dark hair and olive skin are the staples of what’s sexy now and days. We thought I’d be a great idea to compile a list of  some of the SEXIEST Urban Desis out there. Please note: this is outside Bollywood (since there so many sexy folk to choose from in Bollywood, it’s just not fair!). Enjoy this list and please try not to drool on your keyboard. It’s hard enough for us *slurp*

10.Sanjay Gupta

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Indian-American Neurosurgeon and Media Personality

Hey, just because he’s a medical specialist, doesn’t mean he can’t be sexy! Sanjay Gupta doesn’t necessarily ooze sex but, there’s just something sexy about a knowledgeable, handsome South Asian man on camera. He’s one silver fox that definitely earns the first spot on our list!

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9. Imran Khan (Singer)

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Dutch-Pakistani Music Artist

King Khan grazed the music scene back in 2007 and since then we can’t stop talking about him! Not only can he sing some of the hottest Urban Desi tracks, he has become a sex icon among the Punjabi music scene. Oh and not to mention,  those luscious lips!

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8. Gulzaeb Beg Ali

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UK  Model and TV Presenter

So you American folk may have not heard of her but, Gulzaeb has fast become a recognized face in the UK fashion modeling industry. She’s a versatile model and a sexy vixen who isn’t afraid to pose with traditional Desi garb or slip into something western and sweet. Classy and sexy. What more would you want?

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7. Nigel Barker

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British Photographer and Former Model

The name doesn’t show it but, Nigel is one sexy Desi. Half  English and half Sri Lanken, this guy can play both sides of the ethnic card. Nigel proves that Desi muts come out just as sexy as full Desis!

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6.Minnie Gupta

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Indian Swimsuit Model

Her modeling credits include Playboy, FHM and Maxim. Yah, enough said! This Desi chick has always been confident to strut her goods regardless of the taboos of naughty posing in the Desi community. Go ahead girl, do your thing!

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5. Noureen Dewulf

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American Actress

Noureen has graced the big screen, little screen and independent screen through out her career.  She always made sure she carried a dose of sexiness with her! She was once on Maxim’s “Hot 100” list. Not only is she hot among Desis but, she’s hot in mainstream media as well!

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4. Imran Khan (actor)

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Bollywood Actor

Alright, alright, I know we said that we were not going in include Bollywood actors but, Imran Khan can be considered a real Urban Desi! He was born in Wisconsin and graduated high school in Silicon Valley! Imran has come to be one of the sexiest guys in Bollywood today. Too bad he’s married DOH!

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3. Jay Sean

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Mainstream Music Artist

The females at Urban Desi Radio said they would lick chocolate off of his chest. That’s how sexy Jay Sean is. Jay has proven that South Asians can have an amazing voice, be sexy and gain mainstream popularity all at the same time! Jay keep doing what your doing because you are sizzlin’ hot!

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2. Padma Lakshmi

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Author, Model and TV Host

Standing at 5’9, Padma has been acknowledged in American media as one of the hottest Indian woman on the TV screen. Her sexiness started in 1993 when she became the first Indian model to walk at runways in Paris, Milan and New York. She’s also been famous for posing in the nude, we’ll save that fore later 😉

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1. Sunny Leone

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Adult Film Star and Actress

Miss. Sunny gains our number one spot because… well, do we really need to explain why? She has to be one of the sexiest Urban Desis  in entertainment history! Although your mummy and papa may not agree with her profession, we LOVE her for breaking the mold of the “good Indian woman” . We love you Sunny!

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Baadal Chosen to Complete in WMN Battle of The Bands

24Feb

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Sonia Panesar’s track “Baadal” (Clouds) has been chosen to compete in Battle of the Bands on The World Music Network. The track takes you into a journey of darkness through the clouds and featured on the track is India’s House phenomenon Hamza. Sonia is perfect example how an Asian artist can easily transition to other genres, without being signed to major labels. It’s all about taking risks, being passionate and having an open mind to eclectic beats. Keep voting for Sonia and Hamza on The World Music Network.

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.