Basement Happy Hour featuring DJ Petra spinning dancehall and bhangramuffin vibes
9:30p Bhangra Dance lessons with Ajna Dance Company
$10 in advance
FREE at the door before 8pm
$15 at the door after 8pm
DJ Rekha’s Basement Bhangra is a 19-year plus New York City institution singularly responsible for popularizing Bhangra on this side of the Atlantic.
DRINK LEARN DANCE
This is a general admission event in The Gallery at LPR.
DJ Rekha is a British born, New York City based DJ, curator, record label owner, educator and activist. Called the “Ambassador of Bhangra” by the New York Times and named one of the most influential South Asians by Newsweek, Rekha is among the first DJs to merge classic Bhangra and Bollywood sounds into the language of contemporary electronic dance music. Since establishing herself on the club scene with her inaugural event, Basement Bhangra nightclub in 1997, Rekha has produced some of the longest running and most successful parties in New York including Bollywood Disco, and Mutiny. Her weekly podcast, Bhangra and Beyond can be heard on www.breakthruradio.com
DJ Petra is a DJ, dancer, writer and organizer. She started throwing parties at her apartment in Washington Heights four years ago, and since then Petra has played all over NYC, including Bembe, South Paw, The Cove, Public Assembly, The Bowery Electric, The Delancey, Katra and others. She has studied with DJ Rekha and DJ Chela, and continues to study dancefloors everywhere. Petra is currently a contributing writer for Okayplayer.com, and hosts the weekly radio mix show “Hip Hop & Her Family” on WNYU with Genesis Be. Find out more at Hip Hop and Her Family.
special guest DJ Shilpa
The first DJ who Shilpa rocked out to was her dad. As her father’s faithful roadie, twelve year old Shilpa found herself working gigs every weekend and quickly falling in love with the craft. Forgoing Barbie dolls and instead playing with two scratched up hand-me-down turntables, Shilpa turned her bedroom into a DJ booth and taught herself how to spin.
Growing up playing and writing music, she naturally killed it at NYC’s Dubspot DJ School and is an Ableton Live Certified Producer. Her sincere ambition and dedication to her work gives her a huge edge in the industry; Shilpa is a trained voice over artist, making her MC work miles ahead of the pack.
With 15 years of experience and an impressive portfolio, DJ Shilpa has earned her place as one of the most in demand DJs in the South Asian Wedding Industry. She has been showcased as a featured vendor on Platinum Weddings and Maharani Weddings and travelled internationally to perform. She is far from predictable and can kick it with any genre of music, effortlessly mixing even Bollywood with old school hip hop. You can dance to DJ Shilpa’s seamless transitions, unique mixes and irresistible energy in the hottest clubs in NYC and NJ including Tenjune, Solas, 49 Grove, 1Oak, Pranna and Pacha.
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