This month we are excited to have DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid! This will be their fourth time at NSB, cialis sales pharmacy and I’m looking forward to an evening of dancing my feet right off. Anjali and The Kid are guaranteed to get the crowd smiling and dancing, discount and sometimes even singing. It will definitely be a treat to celebrate NSB’s anniversary night with them.

The two of them took a little time to share some of their thoughts and passion for Desi music with us.

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Anjali and The Kid have been hosting their ANDAZ party in Portland since 2002, which makes it the longest running Desi party on the West Coast — in fact, ANDAZ is the longest running Desi party in the United States that isn’t called Basement Bhangra. Like Non Stop Bhangra, ANDAZ aims to share South Asian music with the greater community. As Anjali says:

I wanted a party where desi kids & non-desis could get down together. Our parties have always been about love for music & creating an environment that encourages getting down.

The Kid adds:

It was at an epic Halloween party at my house in 2001 where Anjali played a whole set of Desi music to a houseful of goreh that I realized it was possible to slay with a whole set of this music, even to people who had never heard it before…. I had such a passion for the music I wanted to focus as much attention on it as possible, and turn on as many people outside of the South Asian community as possible.

Anjali isn’t Punjabi; her family is Maharashtrian from Madhya Pradesh, and she grew up listening to filmi, but not Punjabi music. I asked her what inspired her to start promoting Punjabi folk music.

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I didn’t really discover bhangra & giddha until after I became a DJ. I was obsessed with Asian garage, Panjabi 2step, UK Bhangra, Asian Underground & bands like Cornershop & Echobelly. The identity politics in these British Asian genres strongly resonated with me. Playing music from the desi diaspora became an extension of my identity. The Voodoo Queens, Chila Kumari Burman & Meera Syal are all British Desi artists that I admired as a visual artist back before I was a DJ. American desi artists were pretty much unknown to me then. Because of the strong working class backgrounds of many UK Desis, I identified more with their perspectives, as they more closely resembled my own.

These days we really are carrying the torch for Panjabi Folk. We perform at many festivals & museums (VIBC, beloved, Sasquatch! etc.) as dancer & DJ, promoting bhangra & giddha. History, politics & geography are part of what we promote. Bhangra has moved past its borders on to the rest of world. Regardless of nationality & ethnicity, Bhangra is for the people.

The Kid had read about bhangra as early as the late eighties/early nineties, through reviews in the British music paper Melody Maker. The reviews made him curious about the music, but he could never find it in Oregon. A girlfriend introduced him to Bollywood music around 1997, but it wasn’t until 2000, when Anjali started DJing with him, that he heard bhangra for the first time. It was love at first hearing.

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Anjali took me on a tour of the Indian stores in the Portland suburbs, and I spent more than five hundred dollars the first day getting my hands on everything I could find. In early 2001 Anjali lived in NYC for a while, and while she would send me reports on the Desi scene there I spent my time listening to all the bhangra and Bollywood music I had bought. Up until this time I always thought I would be a mixed format DJ, and would never be able to play only one genre all night. As I spent my time listening to all this Desi music I realized, I could play this music all night.

Non Stop! I asked the two of them if they saw any differences between their regular Portland crowds and NSB. Anjali says that she sees both crowds as “being up for a party good time”. The Kid admits that it’s refreshing for him to come to NSB and play bhangra all night long — ANDAZ tends to run from half-half bhangra/filmi to about one third filmi/two thirds bhangra.

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What other kinds of music do they listen to? The Kid’s tastes run a wide range.

These days I am most excited about a lot of Global Bass music, especially Latin sounds like Reggaeton, 3Ball, Moombahton and Merengue Urbano. I also love old Latin music like Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Benny Moré and Hector Lavoe. My listening habits range from old soul, funk and R&B to Hiphop artists such as Paris, Public Enemy, Nas, dead prez, Eric B and Rakim and the Coup. I love lots of indie artists and what used to be called “alternative” before that word meant corporate crap: The Rondelles, Jesus & Mary Chain, Treepeople, My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab, Unrest, Descendents, Cocteau Twins, Helium, Built to Spill, Blonde Redhead, the Ramones, the Smiths, New Order, as well as free jazz artists like Sun Ra, Albert Ayler and late period John Coltrane.

Anjali’s a bit of an Anglophile.

I actually started out DJing BritPop, Mod, Oi!, Glam & Asian Underground. Currently we DJ a monthly Smiths/Morrissey night where I get to play some of my other loves like Elvis, Girl Group & Rockabilly. I also freak out to Soul, Doo Wop, Dancehall, 3Ball/guarachero, dancehall & reggaeton.

Was there anything else that they wanted to share with the NSB community?

The Kid:

That it means so much to us that we keep getting invited back. Thank you so much to the NSB community for all the love and fond memories! We love playing for you.

Anjali:

We LOVE playing for you guys!!
It’s an honor that we always look forward to…

And we love you, too! If you want a preview of their sounds before Saturday, here are a couple of terrific mixes for you: The Incredible Kid’s “Panjabi, Please!” mix, and Anjali’s mix for the Atlas 8 year anniversary. Enjoy!

You can find more on their SoundCloud pages, here and here, and on their website, here.


Photos by Odell Hussey, Fletcher Oakes, Jack Beuttler, and friends of Non Stop Bhangra