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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
Diljit Dosanjh support of the farmers movement deserves a dedicated Bhangra set with some of DJ Rekha’s favorites from his repertoire. Plus, new tunes from Talal Quereshi, Asian Dub Foundation, and a revisit of a poignant track from Riz Ahmed.
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.
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.
Scottish brothers, Tigerstyle, take a break from adding flavor to Bollywood tracks to drop a proper Punjabi tune. The songs from the farmer uprising keep coming, plus Brooklyn based Krithi Rao drops another album with tracks melding Carnatic elements and electronic beats in the beyond segment.
As the farmers struggle continues in India, a slew of tracks have been released. Not all are worth listening to, but DJ Rekha selects some favorites. Plus, Desi Frenzy, famous for bhangra mash-ups, releases a beautiful track with Jaz Dhami.
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.

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