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Bhangra And Beyond
Bhangra and Beyond is a weekly music show hosted by DJ Rekha, a cultural instigator, recognized worldwide for being one of the first DJs to merge classic Bhangra sounds into the language of contemporary electronic dance music. The first 40 minutes of the show is comprised of Bhangra tracks, both fast and slow, classic and new. The style of Bhangra -- which is a form of Punjabi folk music and dance coming from the region divided by India and Pakistan known as Punjab -- is contemporary and produced for a global dance floor. Rekha shares her deep knowledge and personal connections of many of the artists featured in this segment. After a break, the remaining 20 minutes provides the listener with a deep dive into the analogue and digital creations of a DJ who has spun numerous genres in venues across the globe. Featuring South Asian-leaning bass, this set sometimes finds itself showcasing everything from A Tribe Called Red (mistaken Indian identity intended) to Diasporic Rapper over folk music to dubstep renditions of Sub-Continental Tropical Bass.
Host DJ Rekha
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…
Recent Episodes
Classics, and a few newer tracks, make it into this set of songs that deserve to be played at high volume. In an open windowed car or in public spaces, these have to be pushed to the limits of local sound ordinances. The beyond set includes choice Bollywood tracks that fit the bill for this episode, including a classic track from Nucleya.
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.
DJ Rekha digs through massive Jazzy B discography and selects their favorite tunes from the Prince of Bhangra’s trove of hits. Plus, Tibetan duo Anu, Talal Quereshi and more in the beyond segment.
Jazzy B and Babbu Maan collaborate on what is sure to be a wedding reception, end of the night, drunken classic. The beyond segment features good vibe tunes from an array of genres including Swiss-Tamil star on the rise, Priya Ragu.
Triple play from Jassi Gill, new senti tune from Jasmine Sandlas and Raaginder, and another spin of what the number one song of the year might be. Plus, DJ Rekha selects an array of Palestinian artists in the beyond segment in support of the occupied.
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.