Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Desi Thugs

DesiBlog has referred to an interesting BBC radio documentary about Desi Thugs. Amongst friends, we've always joked about the idea of Desi thugs, but this is a serious take on the idea, how it fits into the Indian family lifestyle, the relationship between Desi men and women, and how it has contributed to the development of musicians in the British-Asian community. Nihal (of the Bobby & Nihal show) conducts interviews with artists such as Sona Family, Punjabi Hit Squad, and HardKaur are intermixed with hip-hop samples. Here's a direct link to the BBC documentary. It's 30 minutes long and well worth the time. I can't say that all of these rappers have the greatest lyrics, but it's a start. By the way, this just confirms that the BBC is making great inroads into serious examination of the British Asian community and perhaps helping desis in the US better understand how we fit into the general community.

Oh, and if you still haven't listened to Bobby & Nihal, check 'em out this week! They're on late Friday nights London time so it's a good Friday afternoon listen for folks based in the US.

Another interesting find via DesiBlog is EthnoTechno. Have a look.

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