DJ Rekha joins us for a conversation on the cultural diplomacy aspect of DJing and producing. As the founder of Basement Bhangra and New York Times-dubbed “Ambassador of Bhangra”, Rekha will lend her perspective on how bringing Indian bhangra music into the wider contemporary dance music culture has social justice repercussions. We will also discuss the process of soundtracking events ranging from raucous dance parties to the Women’s March in D.C. and the craft of curating and guiding people through a meaningful aural experience.
About this roundtable:
This roundtable brings together musicians, artists, engineers, and others to form a community around sound-based practices, centered on the experiences of female-identifying participants. All gender identities are welcome to join the conversation!
Next in the series: The Engineer, with guest Sascha von Oertzen
Meera Dugal is the Programming Manager for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and manager of NYC-based Moroccan band Innov Gnawa; she has worked with globalFEST, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, The Jazz Gallery, and Iraqi-American musician Amir ElSaffar.
DJ Rekha pioneered merging Bhangra and Bollywood sounds with contemporary electronic dance music. Rooted in hip-hop and dub, her DJ sets range from Brazilian Baile Funk to Balkan Beats and everything in between. Her debut album “DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra” features a track with Wycelf Jean, has won much critical acclaim, and was nominated for best DJ album by the 2008 Plug Awards. She is the founder of Basement Bhangra™, Bollywood Disco and co‐founder of Mutiny Club nights. She was named”Ambassador of Bhangra” by the New York Times. Rekha was the sound designer for the TONY award‐winning Broadway Show, “Bridge and Tunnel”,and received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work on the play “Rafta Rafta” and was the associate producer for the NPR Radio Documentary, “A Feet in Two Worlds.” She has done remixes for artists that range from Meredith Monk to Priyanka Chopra. Her debut album, DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra was released on E1 Music. Rekha was NYU’s A/P/A Artist-in-Residence for 2006-2007. Rekha has received numerous community awards and in 2009, inducted into the New York City’s Peoples’ Hall of Fame. She has curated events for Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park Summerstage and has performed at the White House and internationally. DJ Rekha was a Grand Marshall of the 9th Annual NYC Dance Parade in 2015. In January 2017 she was one of the official DJs for the historic Women’s March on Washington. You hear her weekly podcast Bhangra and Beyond on www.btrtoday.com/rekha