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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.

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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.

    PMC Then and Now-ish

    PMC Then and Now-ish

    "Panjabi MC album, The Raj, turns ten and yielded one of his unintended biggest tunes, as well as one that reflects the sounds of the 2010's. Plus, Divine, Delhi’s Reggae Rajahs, and an expert in dubanomics in the beyond segment.


    Big Day Party - Panjabi MC, Kuldeep Manak


    Gandhi Money - Divine

    00:00 - Intro
    02:00 - Big Day Party - Panjabi MC, Kuldeep Manak
    05:57 - Moorni - Panjabi MC
    10:19 - Nach Di De - Panjabi MC
    14:24 - Jatti - Panjabi MC
    19:14 - Picha Na Chadi - Panjabi MC
    22:59 - Tombi - Panjabi MC
    27:28 - Standard - Panjabi MC
    30:44 - Pind De Kuri - Panjabi MC
    34:25 - Kuri Di Pind - Panjabi MC
    39:05 - Dil De More - Panjabi MC
    45:00 - Mic Break
    47:37 - Gandhi Money - Divine
    50:32 - Far Away - Reggae Rajahs
    54:55 - Annihilation Of Dub - Dr. Das
    59:45 - Outro
    60:06 - Finish
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    Stay the F Home

    Stay the F Home

    "DJ Rekha encourages all to stay home for Thanksgiving while dropping new tracks from Kaur B, and a potential new anthem from Bambi Bains. Plus, selects from Mumbai based label Krunk Collective in the beyond section.


    Vekhi Vekhi - JSL Singh, Kaur B



    Retro Rarri - Bambi Bains

    00:00 - Intro
    01:29 - Vekhi Vekhi - JSL Singh, Kaur B
    04:57 - Kurti - Bups Saggu
    08:20 - Ghaint Jeha Munda - Ishmeet Narula
    11:44 - Ik Jindree (Remix) - Bikram Singh & Ishmeet Narula
    16:29 - Retro Rarri - Bambi Bains
    19:42 - Nakhre (Desi Mix) - Jay Sean, DJ Vix
    22:39 - Glassy Riddim - Raf Saperra
    26:42 - 25 Ghante - Dilpreet Dhillon
    30:06 - White Gold - Gurlez Akhtar, Nawab
    33:33 - Phulkar - Baani Sandhu feat. Dilpreet Dhillon
    36:20 - Time Chakda - Nimrat Khaira
    39:15 - Peed - Diljit Dosanjh
    43:35 - Mic Break
    47:15 - Lokomotif - Yung.Raj
    50:28 - Dholaksuke - Daisuke Tanabe
    54:40 - Dis is da - Anonyms feat. Azamaan Hoyvoy
    58:54 - Outro
    59:41 - Finish
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    • 59 min
    Let’s Chalo

    Let’s Chalo

    "Apache Indian digs into his musical beginnings with a new collaboration with Hunterz. DJ Vix gives the first Desi song by crooner Jay Sean more Desi treatment, plus selections from the Chalo compilation in the beyond segment.

     



    00:00 - Intro
    01:41 - Nakhre (Desi Mix) - Jay Sean, DJ Vix
    04:38 - Sharaab Nail Rajiya - Bups Saggu, Aman Dhaliwal & Prabh Ubhi
    08:10 - Thuder Drums - The Dhol Foundation
    11:35 - Dil Vich - Swami
    14:38 - 25 Ghante - Dilpreet Dhillon
    18:01 - Kurti - Bups Saggu
    21:25 - Phulkar - Baani Sandhu feat. Dilpreet Dhillon
    24:13 - Time Chakda - Nimrat Khaira
    27:08 - Dil Luteya - Jazzy B, Apache Indian
    31:24 - All Eyes On Me - Jazzy B, Roach Killa
    35:55 - Trip to Jamaica - Apache Indian, Hunterz
    39:11 - Mic Break
    43:10 - Tabla GQOM - Ahadadream
    47:08 - Come Closer - MadStarBase
    50:14 - Exemption Hum - Kapil Seshasayee
    53:15 - Akbar - Mugal-E-Funk
    56:33 - Outro
    57:14 - Finish
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    • 57 min
    Strings Please

    Strings Please

    "Tumbi, violins and sitars populate this weeks selections with some bhangra classics. Plus, a rare live performance by Malkit Singh and new material from Raaginder.


    Boys Boliyan - Safri Boys



    Akh Mastani - Tigerstyle

    00:00 - Intro
    01:44 - Boys Boliyan - Safri Boys
    08:27 - Moorni - Panjabi MC
    12:50 - Nach Di Di - Panjabi MC
    16:58 - Akh Mastani - Tigerstyle
    20:20 - Nachna Nai Onda - G-Folk, Ashok Gill
    24:36 - Challa - Swami
    29:40 - Tumbi On The Beat - DJ Sanj
    33:05 - Gur Nal Ishq (Live @ BTRToday Live Studio) - Malkit Singh
    38:40 - Mic Break
    40:37 - Jungle - Raaginder, feat. Sodhivine
    43:53 - Mokshamu (Heavenly Reach) - V.S. Narasimhan
    50:14 - A Strange Community - Ami Dang
    53:44 - Stinging Sitars X9 - Anjali
    58:29 - Outro
    58:57 - Finish
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    • 58 min
    Devil Be Gone

    Devil Be Gone

    "Pav Dharia finally makes the Bollywood leap, but on her show today DJ Rekha programs the original version of the Australian producer. Plus, a double shot of songs comparing women to whiskey, and a very personal Riz Ahmed track.


    Funk - Pav Dharia



    Karma - Riz Ahmed

    00:00 - Intro
    01:32 - Time Chakda - Nimrat Khaira
    04:29 - Panjeban - Shivjot, Gurlez Akhtar
    07:47 - Whiskey - Diljit Dosanjh
    11:12 - Whiskey Di Botal Vargi - Bally Sagoo
    16:33 - Dil Vich - Swami
    19:37 - Kurti - Bups Saggu
    23:02 - Nakhre - Jay Sean, Rishi Rich
    25:32 - Funk - Pav Dharia
    28:43 - Charka - Jaz Dhami, Mitika Kanwar
    32:05 - Proud to Be Desi - Khan Bhaini,Fateh
    35:39 - Kasoor - Jaz Dhami, Naseebo Lal
    38:40 - Mic Break
    41:02 - Can’t Pay Won’t Pay - Asian Dub Foundation
    43:52 - Karma - Riz Ahmed
    46:54 - Once Kings - Riz Ahmed
    50:32 - Ae Ri Sakhi - kSaya, Pooja Gaitonde & Prasad Gaitond
    54:34 - Ja Sha Tan - Fundamental
    60:25 - Outro
    60:41 - Finish
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    Big Hearted

    Big Hearted

    "New tracks by Bups Saggu and Fateh, plus, in the beyond segment, DJ Rekha selects her favs from one of Bollywoods’ most iconic movies "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" - This year it celebrates its 25th Anniversary.



    00:00 - Intro
    01:12 - 8 Parche (Remix Version) - Baani Sandhu
    04:58 - Sajna De Naal - Bups Saggu feat. Pappi Gill
    08:04 - Cyclone - Jaz Dhami, Upside Down
    11:14 - Botal Vargi - Rosleen Sandlas
    14:16 - Surma Surma - Guru Randhawa
    17:48 - Nakhre - Jay Sean
    20:18 - Kurti - Bups Saggu
    23:41 - Phulkar - Baani Sandhu feat. Dilpret Dhillion
    26:27 - Tere Nakhre Ne - Deep Matta
    30:03 - Inch - Dr. Zeus, Fate, Zora Randhawa
    33:21 - Desi Cypher - Fateh feat. Straight Bank & Mafioso
    36:45 - Mic Break
    39:50 - Ghar Aaja Pardesi - Pamela Chopra, Manpreet Kaur, Chorus, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol
    47:13 - Mere Khwabon Mein - Lata Mangeshkar, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol
    51:26 - Tujhe Dekha To - Lata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol
    56:29 - Outro
    57:03 - Finish
    "

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

DChitt75 ,

The Best!!

I'm grateful for DJ Rekha making this incredible music available, the commentary, and the vibe that has sustained me through the pandemic. Glad to have learned of this amazing artist through Taste the Nation withPadma Lakshmi.

If you, like me, are a white person enjoying this music, make sure you're sending through some $$ love to DJ Rekha on Venmo. This music isn't ours, and we simply must be sure we're offering support, not just consuming a culture. Spread the word!

TURTLEDOGS ,

Great podcast

Thank you; love it on my runs

nad_in_queens ,

Best podcast!

Definitely 5 stars! Been listening for a long time and I love the sets DJ Rekha puts together. 10/10 recommend Bhangra and Beyond to uplift any moment—and also turn it into a mini dance party if you want! 🥳

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