Sunday, July 27th, 2008
Mainstream music can feel the rhythm of the dhol pounding at its door as bhangra begins to break in North America. Second generation Punjabi artists, growing up in the west have developed just the right formula to bring magic to the mix; fusing the folk rhythm of the bhangra beat with the slick street vibe of hip hop and the sexy swagger of reggaeton. Rai is a young South Asian-Canadian who has overcome personal shyness and the doubts of others to realize his dream of becoming a recording artist. With the release of his debut album, ‘Just Rai’, his voice could just be the one to crack open a new market for Punjabi music. Rai joins Vanesa in Today’s Spotlight and we’ll give you an eyeful with his brand new video.
+ LOTS OF NEW VIDEOS: from Mexico’s electro- nortenos, Bostich & Fussible, passport rockers, Vampire Weekend and Trinnie spark plug, Machel Montano!
INSIDE THE BEAT: Also this hour, Black 47’s Larry Kirwan takes us on a little tour of the ‘rough and tumble’ New York neighborhoods that greeted Irish immigrants to America and explains why boroughs like the Bronx and Brooklyn provided just the right chemistry to give life to his band’s unique and controversial brand of Celt Punk. That leads us to ‘Sunrise On Brooklyn’, an introduction to Black 47’s acclaimed new album, ‘Iraq’, which takes a no holds barred view on the war in Iraq through the stories and impressions of those who have served there. That’s Inside The Beat with Black 47.
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