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    The weekend musical thread

    by Sunny
    16th February, 2008 at 5:08 pm    

    Since Clairwil has gone a bit awol, I’m going to cheekily hijack her slot and post the weekend thread. This is principally because I wanted to post this track by British-Bengali singer Bishi, who’s album has just come out. I haven’t heard it, and neither do I know her, but I absolutely love this track - Never seen your face.

    This is the first time we’ve featured a Bengali singer on this blog I think. Rohin should be overjoyed. Punjabis still rule though, of course. So… what’s going on this freezing weekend readers?

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    1. Sunny — on 16th February, 2008 at 5:13 pm  

      PS - this is the more bass-laden version to her track. There are other versions out there. I’m annoyed I didn’t get an invite to her warehouse launch party :(

    2. Sid — on 16th February, 2008 at 5:20 pm  

      Nice track, thank god it’s not f###ing bhangra! :D

    3. Sunny — on 16th February, 2008 at 6:29 pm  

      haha, I agree. Bhangra these days is shit anyway.

    4. Rohin — on 16th February, 2008 at 7:06 pm  

      Huzzah! Just posted on the Punju thread that I’m sorry I missed it. Music-wise, of course Punjabis have been the dominant Asian force in the UK, but Bongs have been instrumental (haha) in creating the more leftfield, alternative scene that I have always gravitated towards. Hadn’t heard of this girl, thanks for the vid Sunny.

    5. Desi Italiana — on 16th February, 2008 at 8:22 pm  


      “Bhangra these days is shit anyway.”

      Not true! Obviously, you haven’t seen this video:


      Long live Gippy!

    6. Bert Preast — on 16th February, 2008 at 9:29 pm  

      Ha, been waiting for an open thread to shamelessly plug my latest sailing video. But first something a bit more cerebral, Letter from God by Scroobius Pip:


      Possibly the best lyrics I ever heard. I feel the musical side lets it down a bit, but that may just be me. My taste in music is rather um, unsubtle - or maybe unstabel would be a better word. As seen on my sailing vid:


    7. Sunny — on 16th February, 2008 at 10:07 pm  

      Desi - that’s one of the stupidest videos I’ve seen in a long time. Anyone who makes a video like that with random girls girls standing around a jeep to make it look cool needs to be shot. I’ll do it myself if the opportunity presents itself. The track was pretty dire too I thought.

    8. Katy Newton — on 17th February, 2008 at 1:30 am  

      I drank two cups of strong filter coffee about half an hour ago, which I now feel may have been a mistake. I think I’ve stopped blinking.

    9. halima — on 17th February, 2008 at 10:07 am  

      Really like it , or the image, can’t figure out which - perhaps the Bengali Amy W - and maybe she should be hanging out with Pete D for a bit…

    10. Sid — on 17th February, 2008 at 1:57 pm  

      Who said Orientalism was all bad. Here’s a lovely slice of it from 1949: The Maharajah of Magador by Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra.

      And a modern reworking of it complete with bud-bud accent. :)

    11. Anas — on 17th February, 2008 at 2:29 pm  

      I don’t know if anyone else has posted this before but given some PP regulars’ Prince fixations I thought it’d be funny to post it here:


      BTW, Sunny are you ever bringing back the preview function?

    12. Sunny — on 17th February, 2008 at 5:33 pm  

      yes yes, its all done now. I’m sure its a conspiracy to hound me until I get things done. But I suppose thats the only way that works with me :(

    13. sonia — on 17th February, 2008 at 6:18 pm  

      but Sunny! surely you should gatecrash the party anyway! :-)

    14. Jai — on 17th February, 2008 at 6:43 pm  

      I don’t know if anyone else has posted this before but given some PP regulars’ Prince fixations I thought it’d be funny to post it here:

      Heh. You’re right Anas, that is pretty funny. Someone’s doing a pretty good impression of him (incidentally his “normal” speaking voice isn’t like that, but he does occasionally speak in that manner in some of his songs).

      I wouldn’t be surprised if that was actually the real Prince; people who are really familiar with his songs and have seen him play live will be aware that he has a good sense of humour and this is exactly the kind of wacky thing he would do.

      Thanks for that anyway Anas, great stuff.

    15. Jai — on 17th February, 2008 at 6:53 pm  

      I am going to shamelessly plug Tigerstyle again. Here are their live performances fron Desi DNA this week:

      Videos here.

      Personally I love the first track more. The second song is also very good albeit in a more traditional style.


      This singer & vid has been doing the rounds recently — Alyssia feat. Punjabi Hit Squad. I think they’re all Brits.

      Video here.

      Her voice sounds really familiar, I’m sure she’s sung on other Hindi or (especially) Punjabi tracks during the last year or two. Nice soft voice anyway, easy on the ears, and the video’s done well too in a polished, bling fab-life kinda way.

    16. Ravi Naik — on 17th February, 2008 at 7:51 pm  

      Sunny, the track is pretty good - I am sure I will want to know more about Bishi.

      I love the sitar, specially when its mixed with western music. I know classical music (European and Indian) is not everyone’s cup of tea, but you will find this fusion nothing short of amazing.

    17. Desi Italiana — on 18th February, 2008 at 8:31 am  


      “Desi - that’s one of the stupidest videos I’ve seen in a long time. Anyone who makes a video like that with random girls girls standing around a jeep to make it look cool needs to be shot.”

      You’re just jealous!!

    18. Desi Italiana — on 18th February, 2008 at 8:31 am  

      Ugh- Preview is back :(

      Popular demand wins, I guess.

    19. Desi Italiana — on 18th February, 2008 at 9:06 am  

      Hey, this time Preview is different…if I remember correctly, there was a time in PP’s history that you were automatically re-directed to “Preview” when you hit “Submit Comment” and were forced to go through preview, which slowed down the entire process and made me really mad.

    20. Desi Italiana — on 18th February, 2008 at 9:08 am  

      Does anyone know if Hong Kong’s airport has cheap sleeping lounges? The ones I’ve read about are expensive.

      Or if there’s an affordable* hotel near the airport? Again, I’ve come across pricey ones…

      *By “affordable,” I mean something around $20 or $30. I know, I know, you can stop laughing now. It’s probably impossible to get a sleeping facility for that price in Hong Kong…

    21. douglas clark — on 18th February, 2008 at 9:14 am  


      Here we go.

      I ‘need’ Preview. I bloody love it. It is the thing that stops me from being an obvious stupid asshole on here.

      Oh noes, you say. I always knew that anyway!

      But the point was that I could disguise it better!

      OK, who noticed the difference?

      It is also what keeps us that like to use HTML, accurate.

      I have absolutely hated using HTML when it didn’t work.

      So, whoever sorted it, I love you, in a friendly, but not too friendly, sort of a way.

    22. douglas clark — on 18th February, 2008 at 9:24 am  


      When do you fly out to Nepal? Or are you there already?

    23. sonia — on 18th February, 2008 at 10:43 am  

      hey desi have a safe trip! sorry i know nothing about hong kong airport..

    24. Sid — on 18th February, 2008 at 10:49 am  

      Desi, have a nice trip from me too! Kathmandu in Feb sounds great, I miss it. I hope you packed your woollies.

    25. Anas — on 18th February, 2008 at 3:25 pm  

      Preview Rocks!

    26. Anas — on 18th February, 2008 at 3:31 pm  

      It’s not the weekend, but here’s some awesome Indian classical guitar:


    27. Desi Italiana — on 18th February, 2008 at 7:11 pm  

      I am not yet in Nepal, but will be on my flight in about 11 hours. I will be on the road for more than 24 hours! And who knows when I’ll be done with customs, visa, etc especially since I am arriving at 10:15 PM in Nepal.

      Am kind of stressed and getting very emotional because I am saying goodbye to people, and for some reason, it’s harder this time around than when I was leaving for Italy. I think because mentally, Nepal feels further away from the US.

      Smooches, people. Thanks for the wishes!

    28. halima — on 18th February, 2008 at 7:22 pm  

      Desi … Have a safe journey…! Have sent you a message on yr blog…

    29. Bobby Friction — on 25th February, 2008 at 12:23 am  

      Sorry for the shameless plug but I’ve been playing Bishi on my Asian Network show since last August (when we first played Never Seen Your Face) - and you need to hear a track she does called ‘Night Bus’.

      Also this is just a textual slap to Sunny who always says he listens to my show when we meet but who obviously hasn’s since last august!!! (grrrrrr)

      Also check the Asian Network site for her performance on last weeks BBC2 programme Desi DNA & The Asian Network….x

      BTW - in 1987 me and my friend in Hounslow came up with a theory that a higher than average percentage of Asian’s liked Prince compared to other Racial Groups. Doyaknowwhadimean?

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