SIKH HERITAGE AWARDS GALA 2008: ENTERTAINMENT
DJ Rekha – Creator & Producer, Basement Bhangra
Critically acclaimed DJ Rekha embarked on the next chapter of her career with the the release of her highly anticipated debut album – DJ Rekha Presents Basement Bhangra in October 2007 on KOCH Records. The listener will be able to experience some of the music that is heard at DJ Rekha’s own internationally known event called Basement Bhangra, which takes place every month in New York City for more than ten years now.
DJ Rekha has collaborated with an array of incredible artists including Wyclef Jean, Panjabi MC, and Bikram Singh – to name a few.
Born in London, proudly raised in Queens and Westbury, Long Island, Rekha Malhotra is a cultural instigator who’s established herself as a musical pioneer and community activist. Newsweek recognized her as one of the most influential South Asians in the US, and she has been praised by The New York Times, CNN, The Fader, Village Voice, and The Washington Post, among others. She has been relentless in her mission to bring South Asian Music and Culture to New York by spinning at events like P.S. 1’s Warm Up Series, Central Park’s Summer Stage, and Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays.
DJ Rekha’s talents further extend into her own production company Sangament, which produces live concerts and provides specialized music consulting services to numerous businesses in the record industry.
Despite her busy schedule, DJ Rekha remains connected within the South Asian community as well. “I create spaces as well as make music,” says Rekha. “The best way for an artist to make an impact is to use what they do to make a change.” She serves on the boards of Breakthrough, a human rights organization, and Pop and Politics, as well as raising funds and awareness for a diverse range of causes. In addition, she lectures extensively at colleges and institutions about Bhangra and South Asian cultural production.