MIDIval PunditZ - MIDIval Times
Release Date: 4.19.05
The MIDIval PunditZ are producers extraordinaire from New Delhi, India. When Six Degrees Records signed them to a worldwide deal, they became the first-ever Indian electronic band to sign to an international label. The PunditZ morph at will into remixers or recording artists, live performers or club promoters as the occasion demands. They have performed as members of Bill Laswell and Zakir Hussain's super group, Tabla Beat Science, and have toured around the world as DJs and performers.

MIDIval Times is the follow-up release that Asian Massive fans have been waiting for. Once again fusing classical Indian traditions with cutting edge electronic dance music, the MIDIval PunditZ have created a masterpiece which transcends genres. The new release features guest performances from Anoushka Shankar as well as Tabla Beat Science member and sarangi master Ustad Sultan Khan. The tracks range from beautiful, lush ambient moods to dancefloor monsters which are as influenced by such groups as Underworld and the Chemical Brothers as they are by Indian music.

Cheb i Sabbah - La Kahena
Release Date: 5.10.05
On La Kahena, the Algerian-born Cheb i Sabbah returns to the roots of his native North Africa where he gathered some of the most distinctive female singers from the Maghreb in a studio in Morocco. With tracks by vocalists from many different traditions of North Africa, La Kahena compellingly illustrates the diversity of this region. Sabbah then added his own "dj Science" or modern aural magic to these performances, making La Kahena a truly original and ground breaking project the likes of which only the artistic vision of Cheb i Sabbah could have created.

Cheb i Sabbah is perhaps best known for his South Asian trilogy on Six Degrees Records, Shri Durga, Mahamaya: Shri Durga Remixed and Krishna Lila. Sabbah's heartfelt, spiritual approach to bringing music to the dance floor has established him the world over as a highly respected international music DJ and an influential pioneer of the underground. His latest mix CD, As Far As, showcases his signature blend of music from the Arab World, Africa and Asia.

 

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Dhamaal just won Best of the Bay Readers Poll Best Electronic Act and Janaka won Best DJ. The Guardian is a weekly with circulation of 160,000 copies per week. This is by far the most important and in depth survey of the Bay Area.
More Info: http://www.bestofthebay.com/2004/

In 2003 the Editors of the Guardian awarded Dhamaal Best of the Bay, this year the readers of the Guardian voted Dhamaal the best in an unprecedented two categories.
More Info: http://www.bestofthebay.com/2004/readers.html

Finally Club Six, where Dhamaal holds the longest running residency, won Best Club and Maneesh's other residency Dub Mission won Best Dub Club.

These developments are a clear indication of Dhamaal and its artists making significant headway into the mainstream, while continuing to be a very underground and cutting edge showcase of South Asian hybrid culture.

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dj Cheb i Sabbah FILES COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT SUIT AGAINST BOLLYWOOD DISTRIBUTORS OF THE FILM "PLAN"

Los Angeles, CA, December 18, 2003: dj Cheb i Sabbah is indeed asking "Kese Kese" or in other words, "how how..." The world music producer filed a copyright infringement action today in Federal Court in Los Angeles. Cheb i Sabbah's legendary classic hit song "Kese Kese" from his best selling album Shri Durga (1999) has been used in the upcoming Bollywood Indian movie soundtrack, Plan, without his consent. In addition to the music being used unlawfully, Cheb i Sabbah was not credited for the hit song. Among the defendants are Eros Entertainment and T-Series music. The film is intended to be released by White Feather Films, a joint venture production company of Sanjay Dutt, Sanjay Gupta and Bobby Anand, which also produced Kaante.

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Show: Adil Ray's Show on BBC's Asian Network.

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Go check out the most recent Vibe Magazine - Feburary Issue.

Look to the right of Mr. Justin Timberlake's face - see that? Yes! it says "Bollywood Bombastic Beats!"

There is a six page spread about the entire South Asian Scene including small interviews with artists in NYC, in Bombay and candid/well done talk of the whole scene. Gives us some recognition - although they sort of defend the whole new "copy bollywood and rap over it" thing that is happening in hip-hop/rap these days. But still worth a read.


For those cheapos who don't wanna shell out $10 - I will provide with a link once it's available online as a free read on their website. You are going to have to go out and buy it for now.

 

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