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.
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.
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…
Kaur B has been killing it since her debut in 2013. Though her music is solid and standard fare, her standout track on Tigerstyle’s high tempo album Digi-Bang and her most recent duet with Diljit Dosanjh demonstrates she is no ordinary Kaur. The Beyond section traverses the globe with tracks from MALFKTION, Talal Qureshi, and a new from the Vancouver based label Snakes and Ladders.
Kicking off the Bhangra set with a classic ragamuffin tune from Bally Sagoo, DJ Rekha drops tracks from an array of producers who invoke the same vibe, plus Brooklyn based artist Krithi’s debut on the show and a new track from Vancouver based Khanvict.
Neha Kaka and Parmish Varma team up for a late summer smash, plus the beyond segment takes a cinematic trippy turn with bollywood sampled electronic tunes. Also a classic underground track by once Swaraj Crew producer Juttla.
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.
Dancehall vibes from Jags Klimax’s new track, plus DJ Rekha revisits a genre changing tune that does not get its due for changing the sonic landscape of Punjabi music. In the beyond segment, more from Ritviz.
Giddha Bounce – Jags Klimax
Raahi – Ritviz
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.
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