11 - 12 December 2015
Asian Arts Agency presents Aadhunik: a new Asian music night exploring the best of contemporary South Asian music.
Launching this December, Aadhunik brings a night of explosive, Bhangra-infused rhythm and music to Bristol and London curated by Jaswinder Singh. We’re delighted to present DJ Rekha from New York City’s longstanding and amazing Basement Bhangra at the forefront, accompanied by UK-based The Dhol Foundation, and London’s own DJ Bobby Friction! Both events will feature music, visual art, loads of dancing, and food options in a night of fun and excitement for everyone.
DJ Rekha’s long-running and famous Basement Bhangra nights have been a part of the New York scene since 1997, along with her weekly radio show Bhangra and Beyond. Named the “Ambassador of Bhangra” by the New York Times, DJ Rehka’s set will combine visual elements with her unique Bhangra sound to send audiences wild!
The Dhol Foundation’s explosion of drum and bass, table, hip-hop, and Bhangra rhythms have made them a favourite around the UK, while master Dhol Drummer Johnny Kalsi has played with artists from all around the world, including the Afro celts, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Avril Lavigne. The UK’s finest rhythm machine will set Rich Mix alight!
DJ Bobby Friction has represented the British Asian sound all over the world, from Asia to the US, from the Middle East to the whole of Europe. He’s built his reputation as a genre-mixing musician at a range of incredible shows, from an outdoor New Year’s Eve gig in Bangalore to playing for such festivals as Glastonbury, Bestival, WOMAD, the World Music Festival in Chicago, and Burning Man.
This is a bold new night from Asian Arts Agency that will set itself at the forefront of British Asian sound. In Hindi, Aadhunik means “cutting edge” and “modern”, and this December audiences will see the full potential of Aadhunik with two amazing nights designed to expand horizons, open minds, and inspire.