NON STOP BHANGRA ARTISTS
With a strong love for this dance, the eclectic group of women who make up the Dholrhythms Dance Company have become one of the most talked about dance troupes in San Francisco Bay Area. The raw energy & passion which drives this group has helped create a demand for this dance featuring them on some of the largest stages in San Francisco. Led by Vicki Virk’s Punjabi heritage, Dholrhythms concentrates on highlighting the ancestral and ethnic roots of the Punjabi dance forms while pushing boundaries with a contemporary style. The result is fresh and unique performances full of fun, viagra energy, and passion.
NSB Founder DJ Jimmy Love is pretty desi for a white guy. From holding his own at an Indian wedding to holding a non-stop monthly in San Francisco, his pure love and experience playing all styles of music has led him to grow out the musical blend of the NSB experience. A true lover of funky beats, Jimmy Love’s remixes have been featured everywhere from the BBC Asian Network to the NY’s finest, The Rub ‘s Remix wall. Jimmy is also a resident of Surya Dub, which won best club night 2007. Outside of NSB, you will find Jimmy mixing along side top DJ’s of almost any style of music. Jimmy has been rocking out the SF Scene with his unique blend of world and hip-hop, mixes for years and hopes to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western dance floors all over the world. In addition, Jimmy is a graphic designer as well as a painter whose art has shown alongside some of the most exciting and emerging artists in San Francisco.
Rav-E is naturally drawn towards Bhangra, the folk music of his motherland Punjab. Not only is he a talent behind the dj decks, known for seamlessly mixing Bhangra, Hip-Hop, and Electronica on the fly, but also is an exceptional dhol player after having learned under the wing of world-renowned dhol master Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti. This killer combination has undoubtedly made Rav-E into a one of a kind versatile live performer.
In his young career, Rav-E gained recognition early on for his mix’s after receiving air time on the BBC Asian Network. Furthermore, he has had the honor of sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in the Bhangra industry, which includes the likes of RDB, Panjabi MC, Dr. Zeus, H Dhami, Juggy D, Imran Khan, Bikram Singh, and Bobby Friction. As a member of San Francisco’s Non Stop Bhangra Collective, he has also opened for artists such as Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti, Swami, Akbar Sami, and Delhi 2 Dublin as well.
With Rav-E’s latest venture into production, his goal is to bridge the gap with hopes of elevating Bhangra to a new level of international recognition. While remaining close to his roots, Rav-E is striving to further facilitate Bhangra’s transcendence across musical and cultural barriers. Stay tuned…
Featured on BBC Radio: The Breakdown with Ameet Chana, Bhangra Mixtape with Sonny Ji, and DJ Kayper
A 15 year veteran who has DJ’ed multiple stages coast to coast. Stage DJ for the industries finest like Sukshinder Shinda, Manake, RDB, Deep Jandu, and many others. Whether spinning at a Desi wedding reception, Hip Hop night club, or Independent music festival, his versatile mixing style has the ability to make any crowd move. Nix is currently the lead Dj of Bol Punjab De, and host/dj for Urban Asian radio.
Producer and resident of the Bay Area’s Global Gypsy night ELECTRIC VARDO, Amar regularly performs at SFs hottest venues including Club Six, DNA Lounge, 1015 Folsom, Temple, 111 Minna, Mighty, El Rio, Elbo Room plus other ongoing and special events & festivals in CA, Oregon, Hawaii, Canada & beyond. As a DJ and promoter, he has collaborated and shared the stage with some of the Bay Area’s most innovative musicians, dj’s and dance troupes including DJ Dragonfly, DJ Sep, Dr. Israel, Cheb i Sabbah, Ultra Gypsy, Lorin/Bassnectar, Nitin Sawhney, Nader, Midival Punditz, Karsh Kale, State of Bengal, Glitch Mob and others. From running his own events to doing visuals for others, he is the glue of the San Francisco World Music Scene and is a part of all the major local crews including Nonstop Bhangra, Surya Dub, Worldly, Opel, Dance Jam, Triple Power, & Groove Garden. He brings color and movement to every screen, mixing ethnic beauty inside a modern fixture.
PAVIT DEOL | FACEBOOK
Though born and raised in the US, Pavit is strongly connected to his Punjabi roots and heritage. He has studied with the legend Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti and has been playing Dhol professionally for 7+ years. His love for Bhangra especially when it comes to playing the Dhol has made him into a dynamic performer. As one of the youngest members of the Non Stop Bhangra Collective, Pavit has had the opportunity to play on some amazing stages from Performing Arts Centers to festivals to club nights.
MEHUL MISTRY | FACEBOOK
Mehul, aka DJ Mistry, of Jhakaas Entertainment, has been DJing since 2009 and playing dhol since 2010. He’s been taking both of those talents and entertaining events all over Northern California. Being born as a Gujarati, with very strong gujarati roots he stayed to what he was taught until 2009, where he started seeing the world of Bhangra. It brought a lot of joy to his music life and he started to play dhol to the beats of bhangra while listening to it more. Since joining Non Stop Bhangra in August 2012, Mehul has grown fonder of the culture and music, as well as the environment brought to each event. He looks forwarding rocking the crowd for many more events on the dhol, and hopefully hit the turntables soon too.
Odell Hussey is a freelance photographer & video creator living in San Francisco, CA. Odell has worked on various video & photography projects for organizations, communities, and individuals over the last ten years. Odell uses a documentary approach with his work to help clients communicate their message. His passion for helping people tell their stories through video & photography is what drives both his personal and professional work.