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For All You Hinglish Fans

Photo Credit: Beat & Boom

When I was 19 years old, I listened to all the Hinglish UK pop music my older brother introduced me to. It included: Rishi Rich, Jay Sean and Raghav. Back then, I didn’t know anybody outside of my family circle who knew who these singers were. Imagine my delight then when my editor at MTV Desi invited me to a video shoot with Raghav, the Canadian-born singer who took the desi world by storm back in 2004 with the release of the UK desi chart-topper Storyteller, featuring the catchy “Angel Eyes.” Then he disappeared for a bit, only to release Identity in 2009 – but only in India. Now he’s back with The Phoenix and a new single, “So Much.”

The first time I heard about Raghav’s comeback was when a friend texted me from a Phillies game to tell me that the singer was performing there. I went on a complete Raghav memory trip, listening to his albums on repeat for days. Unlike Jay Sean, Raghav’s appeal for me lies not in his looks or dancing, but in his original Hindi songs. But that’s my personal preference. Can’t say I love all his songs, but the teen I was is crossing her fingers for Raghav’s success. Dude can sing. Continue reading


Punjabi 101

This summer, it’s all about Punjabi music (or as I like to call it, the marriage between bhangra and hip-hop.) Because how can a girl dance without some RDB? I had the opportunity to see them perform at Drexel two years ago. Amazing stage performers. Definitely among the best in bhangra.

From their website:

“Kuly, Manj and Surj are three brothers born in the UK. Even at an early age, they were playing indian instruments and singing along with their father. Drawing on their cultural sikh heritage and fusing it with different street genres of music, they constructed the “RDB sound”. The RDB (Rhythm Dhol Bass) brothers are pioneers in their field. Producers, musicians and singers, these siblings are truly amazing live entertainers. They have performed alongside the biggest names in Bollywood ; Akshay Kumar, Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai to the biggest names in the west, Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy etc.” Continue reading