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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
Legendary producer Tru-Skool never disappoints, proven by his new track for Karan Aujla. Also, a dancehall inflected mini set precedes tracks by Garry Sandhu and DJ Rekha’s contender for best song of the year by Jasmine Sandlas. The beyond set is a grab bag from Manara, Ayesha and new discover, Jordan based artist Amjad Shahrour.
It was time for a deep dive into game changer Jasmine Sandlas, with no shortage of bangers. We listen to the depth and range in her catalogue. The beyond set showcases proverbial b-sides and her tracks that were released as vinyl records including a track demonstrating what made her an underground sensation.
Game changer Jasmine Sandlas does it again with a generically titled but entirely unique Punjabi song. With no shortage of bangers, her best is when her lyrics feel introspective and authentic. The beyond set highlights relatively mellower tracks from the pleasantly frenetic Daytimers compilation raising funds for Covid-19 relief in India.
Summer classic by birthday boy Roack Killa with Bilal Saeed on a current dance floor jam in the Bhangra set. For the beyond segment, the range of Talal Qureshi is displayed via two very distinct tracks, plus a show favorite from Van City’s Khanvict.
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.