A look across the interwebz for happenings in Bhangra outside the realm of Bhangraw.
The line “Camilla di Sas di Jubilee Ji” will make a lot of sense once you watch the video. [YouTube]
Garry Sandhu is quitting music. [Simply Bhangra]
DJ Sanj and Jay Status take over the number one spot in the Download Charts. [BBC Asian Network]
This week’s BreakThru Radio show with DJ Rekha. [BreakThru Radio]
Seems like most Bhangra Producers are on twitter these days. With tweets ranging from album updates, what they’re doing to pass time, or how good they are at cooking, twitter is a little telescope into their day to day life. However every now and then, they may also paint an even more interesting picture of what is running through their mind. This feature helps you chew on what is happening in Bhangra Producers lives.
Tried to send out some emails, nearly signed the first one off with ‘Kind Retards’ :0 #Blunder Yep its Tuesday!
— Gupz Saund(@Gupzsaund) May 22, 2012
Anyone who jumps in an elevator to avoid one small flight of stairs deserves to be slapped at the back of their head with a fish! #lazy
— GV (@GV_music) May 24, 2012
Would love to meet this secret admirer of mine…
— Jr Dread (@JrDreadOnline) May 27, 2012
Shattered … so slobbing on the sofa with Junior Bhamrah. Learning a few things from him, like how soothing it is suck your finger!
— Dipps Bhamrah (@DippsBhamrah) May 27, 2012
I’m really missing James Brown right now.. To me he was the biggest & no one is bigger or will be
— Panjabi MC (@PanjabiMC1) May 27, 2012
From Sukshinder Shinda’s forthcoming album “Rock
the Da Party”.
For those curious enough to know, Sukshinder Shinda had six wardrobe changes for that 158 second long video.
Hailing from Leicester, D-E-A (Dhol Enforcement Agency) quietly released this video and an EP (On A Serious Note) on iTunes, as well as an app (D-E-A Sarangi) featuring the sounds featured on their EP.
What do you think? I think the first song in the video has some good kick to it.
DJ Harpz finally released his first video from his upcoming album “You Think You Know”. Featuring the vocals of Bakshi Billa, the album will also contain the vocals of Inder Kooner of En Karma, Sukhwinder Panchi, Meet Malkit, Jaswinder Daghamia, Romesh Chohan, Jaswant Heera and many more. Of all the vocalists listed, I’m most excited to hear what Harpz has in store for us with his collaboration with Romesh Chohan.
After the success of Chugliyan, DJ Sanj and Jay Status have put on offer this dance floor anthem. You know DJ Sanj has the uncanny ability to make a track that sounds like another one of his hits, but is switched up just the right amount to make you say “yeah, I’m feeling this”.
Also, it’s finally good to see Jay Status get a legit chance of showcasing his talent.
Here goes Tigerstyle’s latest offering from their upcoming album Digi-Bhang.
Featuring the vocals of Ms Rajni – who was 16 years old at the time of recording. The track is mellowed out with hints of uptempo beats. Tigerstyle really layered on a bevy of intricate sounds, making it one of those late night drive down the DVP in the summer time with the sunroof open type of joints.
The first stop of this years desiFEST tour kicks off this Saturday, May 26 at Dundas Square, Toronto.
With a 12 hour free concert lined up, I’m sure there will be enough entertainment to satisfy all tastes.
Notable appearances this year will be made by:
The Stranger Family (Mumzy, Junai Kaden, Tasha Tah, Ramee, and Char Avell)
The weather is supposed to be incredible this weekend, so catch some rays and some live tunes.
For more info, visit desifest.ca
News came last night that Kuly (one third of the trio of brothers from RDB) had passed away, an official press release was posted on RDB’s website a few hours ago.
Years ago, a father with three sons introduced them to the world of music. It wasn’t any kind of music however, it was the music of their religion.
Fast forward to the age of 14, when most kids start realising what music they’re really into, and form a bond with, which in turn provokes the trio of brothers to start remixing some of those tunes. They get good at it, and start live mixing and buy themselves a couple of decks and CD mixers.
Fast forward to the year 2000, and that early introduction to music helped those Bradford boys spur a worldwide phenomenon.
Kuly’s first foray into the UK Bhangra scene was with Surinder Rattan. With the release of Tappe, a new sound was created, and RDB were one of a very few who knew how to mix it just right.
With the release of Putt Sardara De, the trio burst onto the scene like no other at the time. They generated a lot of buzz and excitement, which helped the group quickly become famous around the UK, and amongst those people around the world with an internet connection and a know-how of where to download their songs.
Put Sardara De
More album releases and compilations ensued, and their star became brighter. More and more people that listened to UK Bhangra craved their albums. Just look at these numbers:
- Over 100,000 CDs from their debut album sold worldwide
- 50,000 CDs of their second album sold in Pakistan alone
- Their third album sold out in the UK after 2 weeks
Sah Rukh Da
Along with those staggering numbers at that time, they helped launch many careers. If it weren’t for RDB, we would never have known Metz and Trix, DJ H, Indy Sagu, Illegal Demo, Mehsopuria, E=MC or Pal D.
Kuly, was a focused individual. I read an interview with him from 2004, where he said that they had aspirations to break into Bollywood.
Three years later, they did just that by producing Rafta Rafta for the movie Namaste London, and that was just the tip of the iceberg, as during the following year, they linked up with Snoop Dogg to produce Singh is Kinng.
The move to Bollywood worked, as they had millions of new fans who were now following them, and seeing them on tour, and I can say that most of them didn’t know about the humble beginnings and the hustle they put in to reach there. (My sister can attest to that. She doesn’t know Sah Rukh Da, but she sure knows about Singh is Kinng)
Singh is Kinng
(RDBs original Sadi Gali was released a long time ago, but it was the re-release of it for the movie Tanu Weds Manu, that made it even more popular.)
With all this ambition and focus, people will tell you that Kuly still remained as humble as ever. In another interview I read, the interviewer asked what the high points and low points were from touring across the four corners of the globe. Kuly replied: “Low points …hmm… are you crazy? We livin it mate! The good life, there are no low points!”. I’m sure they had some not so stellar gigs, but that never stopped Kuly from being an optimist and the jovial self he always was.
(Not too many people know that Kuly and RDB had a hand in the production of these two gigantic songs)
While I didn’t like the direction they started taking with their move to Bollywood, and the fact that they started to sing all of their own songs. I will always appreciate what they did for the scene in their early days. I remember paying what seems like an enormous amount of ?10 for their Urban Flavas CD back in 2002, while I was in the UK that Summer. It will go down as one of my most favourite and complete albums ever.
While I know this will not be the end of RDB, it will be inspirational (and emotional) to see the two brothers continue to strive and be the type of group Kuly had helped to shape.
An enormous outpouring of dedications and support has been shown for Kuly. Inder of Twin Beats said it best “You know the guy was BIG when pretty much the whole industry tweets their messages of condolence.”
Here are some notable tweets:
My heart goes out to kully and the whole rdb family.Great loss to the friends and family that knew him.
— DJ SANJ (official) (@DJSANJ1) May 23, 2012
Just got news about Kully from @RDB omg my jaw dropped! Very sorry to hear this news, my condolences to the family! R.I.P
— Bilz Music (@BilzMusic) May 23, 2012
Don’t know if it’s confirmed or not, but RIP Kully RDB, a true pioneer of Urban Bhangra.
— TwinBeatsUK (@TwinBeatsUK) May 23, 2012
my brother kully rdb has passed away.. god bless his family…i will neva forget hin.. hes was and is my ppl..
— Dj Surinder Rattan (@SurinderRattan) May 23, 2012
Sad sad news about kully @rdbtv … Rest in Peace bro. Sending thoughts and condolences to all RDB family, friends and global fans.
— Ameet Chana (@AmeetChana) May 23, 2012
One Luv to the family & friends of RDB’s Kuly… our thoughts are with you during this time of loss.
— Humble The Poet (@humblethepoet) May 23, 2012
RIP Kuly, life is way too short. Very saddened by the news.
— Bikram Singh (@BikramSingh) May 23, 2012
Kully from @rdbtv passed away! I’m numb & mourning a brother Ive known & interviewd many times over 10 years! Love to his brothers & family
— Bobby Friction (@bobbyfriction) May 23, 2012
sad news 4 da music kuly RDB left us.malak ohnu apne charna wich niwas bakshey. Family nu bhana manan da bal bakshey.R.I.P bro u b missd.
— Jazzy B (@jazzyb) May 23, 2012
Rest in peace Kuly we gonna miss you bro..!!:( our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family..!! (
— Metz N Trix (@metzntrix) May 23, 2012
Kuly came to my house and met my family. A true gentleman, an artist, entrepeneur and a devoted family man. REST IN PEACE KULY RDB
— Nihal A (@TherealNihal) May 23, 2012
Just found out some v sad news that Kuly from @rdb passed away. I did some shows with u boys, I’m so sorry.my love n thoughts go to u n fam.
— Jay Sean (@jaysean) May 23, 2012
Rest in peace kully singh of @rdb
— IMRAN KHAN (@Imrankhanworld) May 23, 2012
Music aside, Kully @RDB was a genuine guy. Always positive & had something interesting to say. Thoughts & Prayers to the family. Waheguru
— Stin (@realdjstin) May 23, 2012
RIP Kuly @rdb nice guy, wicked sense of humour always humble and genuine when we would meet. Rest in peace bro. Thoughts with the family
— Tarli Digital (@TarliDigital) May 23, 2012
Sad to hear about a brother Kully (RDB). Great person, amazing at everything he done. Was there from the starting of my career. Rip brother
— DJH Music (@djhmusic) May 23, 2012
— Sukshinder Shinda(@SukshnderShinda) May 23, 2012
— Kulraj Burmy (@Raj_Tigerstyle) May 23, 2012
Just heard about Kully RDB. Why do the good guys always go too soon. Gonna miss him. One of the nicest guys I’ve met. RIP bro.
— Surrinder Parwana (@ShinDCS) May 23, 2012
Just woke up and heard about Kully RDB passing away. Totally shocked. May waheguru rest your soul brother.
— Aman Hayer (@AmanHayer1) May 23, 2012
Just heard about Kuly from RDB’s sudden demise. Still reeling from the shock of the news. Such a talented guy, was beh… say.ly/yTh3nml
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 23, 2012
— H DHAMI (@HDHAMIMUSIC) May 23, 2012
Who am I going to make Suka Paneer for now? Who am I going to argue and fight with one minute and then be fine… fb.me/236WJMqmG
— Nindy Kaur (@NindyKaur) May 23, 2012
Rest in Peace Kuldeep Ral.
Gone too soon, but you or the music you helped create, will not be forgotten.