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DJ Rekha is a producer, curator, and educator based in New York City. She is founder of Basement Bhangra™ and Bollywood Disco nights and co-founder of Mutiny Club night. She was named "Ambassador of Bhangra" by the New York Times. Rekha and her frequent collaborator, Dave Sharma, performed their compositions at Chicago Symphony Hall for the Sinfonetta in 2015. Rekha was the sound designer for the TONY award-winning Broadway Show, Bridge and Tunnel, received a Drama Desk Award nomination for ...
 
Asia Pacific Forum is the progressive pan-Asian radio show broadcast every Monday night from 9-10pm on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City and live on the web. We cover underreported stories from Asia, as well as Asian American politics and culture. Each week we talk to authors like Arundhati Roy, Jessica Hagedorn, and Jeff Chang; activists and politicos like Yuri Kochiyama, Mike Honda, and Monami Maulik; intellectuals like Tariq Ali, Vandana Shiva, and Vijay Prashad; artists like DJ Rekha, David ...
 
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"Bally Sagoo's Kinna Chauna, from his latest full-length release, gets a refix that changes the vibe of his 90's influenced track into a more contemporary tropical bass sound. Pakistan’s Natasha Noorni invokes the spirit of Nazia Hassan in new pop number and summer ear worm. Kinna Chauna -Bally Sagoo, Vicky Marley, Madhvi Shrivastav Choro - Natasha…
 
"New track by Bhangra powerhouse Miss Pooja with Geeta Zaildar has a contemporary vibe, but DJ Rekha plays one of the favorites by the duo. The beyond segment features songs from Pakistan and its diaspora, including an Oscar nominated actor. Majhail Vs Malvain - Miss Pooja, Geeta Zaildar Paisa - Talal Qureshi, Hasan Raheem00:00 - Intro01:36 - Seeti…
 
"Mankirt Aulakh teams up with Gurlez Akhtar, plus a lot of throwbacks sprinkled in the first segment. In the beyond set, we hear new tunes from Arooj Aftab, electronic musician Renu, and India’s Dee MC. 8 Raflaan - Mankirt Aulakh, Gurlez Akhtar Mohabbat - Arooj Aftab00:00 - Intro01:32 - Groundshaker - Aman Hayer06:32 - Milli-1 - Raf-Saperra, DJ Fre…
 
"Kulwinder Billa returns with a sequel to his hit Palazzo, cleverly named Palazzo 2. Jaz Dhami drops a new collab with urban desi crooner Sama Blake. The beyond segment revisits a song from Riz Ahmed’s breakup album, in celebration of his Oscar nomination. Palazzo 2 - Kulwinder Billa, Shivjot Diva - Jaz Dhami, Sama Blake00:00 - Intro01:21 - Palazzo…
 
"Amrit Maan latest duet with Nimrat Khaira rivals the impact of his earlier monster song with Jasmine Sandlas, Bamb Jatt. Speaking of Jatts, Bups Saggu provides beats for DJ Kam Kang and Manwal with his lasted joint. In the beyond segment, DJ Rekha shares some selections from their programming for New York’s Sona Restaurant slated to open later thi…
 
"DJ Rekha reflects on the untimely passing of Punjabi legend Sardool Sikander. A new track dropped from Jaz Dhami’s collaboration with UK Grime artists to keep attention on Indian Farmers protest, plus an exciting song about a universal dish. Mitran Nu Maar Gaya - Sardool Sikander Chicken Lemon Rice - Priya Ragu00:00 - Intro02:20 - Mitran Nu Mar Ga…
 
"Part two of the 2020 round up is very Diljit Dosanjh and Nimrat Khaira forward, with some almost forgotten tunes from earlier in the year. The beyond section revisits stand out tracks from the Krunk Kollective crew, new comers Rashmeet Kaur, Ayesha, and more. Kassor - Jaz Dhami, Naseebo Lal Musafir - Rashmeet Kaur00:00 - Intro01:18 - Bell Bottom -…
 
"Part one of some unranked selections of this years best Punjabi songs, including 2 remixes and tracks with the sister Sandlas. The Beyond roundup includes favorite Ritviz and Brooklyn based Samaa, ShiShi and Krithi. 00:00 - Intro01:30 - Charka - Jaz Dhami, Mitika Kanwar04:51 - Botal Vargi - Rosleen Sandlas07:52 - Nakhye - Jay Sean, Rishi Rich10:20…
 
"In support of Punjabi farmers in India, DJ Rekha set puts together songs about the bread basket of India, including New York based Deep Matta. The beyond segment includes a deeper explanation of these issues and a dose of optimism from Apache Indian’s new album. Meh Punjabi Boli Ah - Jaz Dhami Dharti De Putt - Deep Matta00:00 - Intro02:10 - Apna P…
 
"Panjabi MC album, The Raj, turns ten and yielded one of his unintended biggest tunes, as well as one that reflects the sounds of the 2010's. Plus, Divine, Delhi’s Reggae Rajahs, and an expert in dubanomics in the beyond segment. Big Day Party - Panjabi MC, Kuldeep Manak Gandhi Money - Divine00:00 - Intro02:00 - Big Day Party - Panjabi MC, Kuldeep …
 
"Gurlez, Virk, Kaur B and some of todays top tracks, and classic bhangra vibes tunes that could explode Jamaican sound systems, plus mellow autumn sounds invoked in the beyond section. Panjeban - Shivjot, Gurlez Akhtar Track Suit - Diljit Dosanjh00:00 - Intro01:34 - Panjeban - Shivjot, Gurlez Akhtar04:54 - Track Suit - Diljit Dosanjh08:06 - Red Eye…
 
"DJ Rekha takes a deep dive, unearthing classic late 1980s and early 1990s bangers. The beyond spills over with a dancehall infused tune by a bhangra legend, and pays tribute to the multilingual legend S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. Mera Yaar Ne - XLNC Gidhian Di Raniye (Hip Hop Mix)-Bally Sagoo, AS Kang00:00 - Intro01:57 - Punjabi Munde Paun Bhangra - Pr…
 
"This week a very on-brand tune from the self proclaimed prince of bhangra, Jazzy B. The beyond segment includes a collaboration with the mighty Asian Dub Foundation and Chillian-French hip-hop phenomena Ana Tijoux. Manak Diyan Kallian - Jazzy B Frontline Santiago - Asian Dub Foundation feat. Ana Tijoux00:00 - Intro01:44 - Peed - Diljit Dosanjh06:0…
 
"The Bhangra set begins and ends with tracks from Diljit Dosanjh’s’ latest full length, album, humbly titled "The G.O.A.T." The beyond set features a new collaboration from New York based artist Madlovely and Rolex Rasathy, and a remix by Indian producer SuReal of Saade Maut’s. Peed - Diljit Dosanjh ginza - morèno feat. Alf4zi00:00 - Intro01:15 - T…
 
"Hoping to evoke a feeling of summer, DJ Rekha selects Latin infused tracks for the first segment, including a remix of Sharry Maan’s classic "3 Peg". In the beyond portion of the show, with thoughts on the city and people of Beirut, DJ Rekha features Lebanese artists in solidarity. Sajna De Naal - Bupps Saggu feat. Pappi Gill Barsaat - Jasmine San…
 
"The week’s bhangra segment features lesser known remixes of well-known bhangra tracks. In the beyond portion, we hear new and old selections from the Nasha Records catalog and DJ Rekha current artist crush, Ritviz. 00:00 - Intro01:41 - Sara Pind Mitra Da - Lil Sach05:17 - Gabru - Yo Yo Honey Singh, J-Star08:41 - Munda Like Me - Jaz Dhami11:20 - Mi…
 
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