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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!

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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UDR Album of the Week: World Famous (Panjabi Hit Squad)

17Mar

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This week we’ve picked Panjabi Hit Squad, over the last few months we’ve been teased by their tracks! This album is certainly not one to be ignored!

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More Utter Bliss Beats from S-Endz

4Mar

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First off if this is the album cover, I’m already in love. Secondly no one can deny that S-Endz is a very unique producer and artist. He’s been a bit of Santa Claus lately. In the last two weeks he’s already given away two singles to his fans. We got them on our UDR 24 hour page. For right now, here’s his second single – Do U Wanna Come?

Surfs up BROWN GIRL STYLE!

4Mar

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Imagine a woman by the Gaza Strip, teaching a group of young girls how to surf while bullets and bombs fly over their heads. The ocean brings us some sort of peace and gravitates us to ride the waves of mother nature. Did you hear about the 22-year-old journalist from India who has become India’s first female surfer? These are the sort of stories Brown Girl Surf, founded by Farhana Huq wants to bring us.

Farhana is no stranger to the waves, a couple of years ago, she discovered a passion for surfing. She went around to world to surf and created a series of emails “Where the world is Farhana” I always looked forward to them because I found them so inspiring.

For over a decade, Farhana ran a company called CEO Women, which helped low income women start their own businesses. After CEO Women closed, Farhana took some time out to figure out what to do next. Like any social entrepreneur, Farhana wanted to create a new venture with a strong foundation based on creating a positive change and inspiring women all over the world.

Farhana is training to go pro, as of right now Brown Girl Surf is selling tshirts, check them out!

Ready to catch a wave? Don’t worry you don’t have to be brown, a female, a surfer or even a beach bum to be a part of the Brown Girl Surf revolution. Some of us at Urban Desi Radio suck at swimming, but we are happy to support Brown Girl Surf!

@BrownGirlSurf

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FIFA Street 4 picks up Dub Reflex by Celt Islam

4Mar

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After a four year hiatus, FIFA Street 2012 is back and one of the tracks featured in the game is Dub Reflex by Celt Islam. I love the FIFA series and the fact the pick unique beats to go with their games makes me a bigger fan!

Dub Reflex by Celt Islam { From the album Transnational Dubstep and FIFA Street4 2012 game } by Celt Islam

Overweight Man Wants Video To Go Viral…

4Mar

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How many times have you had an Auntie poke you and whisper in your ear – You need to lose weight? Don’t you find that annoying? What makes it worse they keep piling on the fried pakoras, paneer and ladoos on our plates! Can we say Devil’s advocate?! Pshhh!

I know this isn’t an Urban Desi story per say, but I felt it was important to share this video. It’s coming from my compassionate side because I can relate to this man’s struggle (picture below) and it’s a continue struggle for me because I have an eating disorder. I’m an over-eater, don’t laugh, it’s a disease. Look it up. It’s where emotions make me eat and not hunger itself. At least that’s my issues, I’m an emotional eater. Towards the end of the year, I picked up this documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and I wanted to break my emotional ties with food and have it serve as a source of energy vs. a source of comfort. I juiced for 60 days, got back into my old workout regime (slowly) and retrained myself on healthy eating habits.

I’ve also joined a facebook page Feel Free Foundation run by Sunita Bhogal Pattani. Where other over-eaters and those who suffer from other eating disorders can find a sense of community and support. Every week I go to my local Over Eater Anonymous meeting.

The good news for Robert (the man in this video) is that filmmaker Joe Cross (Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead) has reached out to Robert. I’m not saying juicing is the “be all and end all” solution, it has helped me to get on the right path — believe me this PATH is a life long journey to healthy living. We all have to find our own path because our bodies are all different.

You just have to remember if you are battling this disease like me, you’re not alone. Please feel free to reach out to Sunita at the Feel Free Foundation.

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There I am. Petz, founder of Urban Desi Radio.  On my left my heaviest weight 250 pounds (17st, 12lbs or 113kg)

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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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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?