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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
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.
Jassie Gill drops a much teased playful vowel laden tune with Simar Kaur. The beyond segment includes tracks from the Vancouver based Snakes and Ladders label and their latest release by Protokhal, plus other selections from a Desi infused dance label.
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 this month.
Bally Sagoo revisits his tried and true themes from his folkier repertoire of bhangra songs, with a new single from his forthcoming album.  Brooklyn based Ayesha gently infuses South Asian sounds in her release from last fall, the second of her’s during the pandemic. Plus, a new tune from ciphers Chee Malabar and Prabh Deep.
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.
Amrit Maan teams up with Nimrit Khaira on a Desi Crew produced bhangra powerhouse, plus some Jatti jams. In the beyond segment, Sonny Singh and a pandemic collaboration from Cambridge, MA, New York and New Mexico.