Rishi Rich Delivers Serena's Dream!
Rishi Rich delivers yet another amazing song in the form of 'Dream'. The beauty behind the vocals is South Indian born Serena Kern who despite currently having a high flying career as a lawyer in a top London firm, still finds time to do her daily voice exercises!
Disney's Million Dollar Arm Movie
The annual London Indian Film Festival saw a host of stars flock to the celebrity premiere of Disney’s much anticipated Million Dollar Arm. The red carpet premiere, which took place at Cineworld Trocadero saw stars of the big and small screen join actor Madhur Mittal and producer Mark Ciardi at the screening.
Nargis Fakhri Wows At 'Spy' Premiere
The American model turned actress makes her Hollywood debut in the spoof multi starrer 'SPY'. Nargis who has appeared in a number of hit Bollywood films, looked stunning in a floor-length Monisha Jaising scarlet gown with a daring neckline, for the movie's premiere in London's Leicester Square on Wednesday 27th May.
History In The Making...
'TAB' is the super-group that the world has been waiting for! Combining the three biggest names in the Asian music industry for the past three decades, TAB brings together the powerful vocals of Taz, the man behind Stereo Nation, the reggae vibes of raggamuffin king Apache Indian and the master-mixer Bally Sagoo.
Movie Showcases UK BAME Talent...
In recent months there has been much discussion of the lack of diversity in British media with many big industry names joining the call for the inclusion and promotion of BAME talent particularly in cinema and television. A perfect example of the host of emerging ethnic minority talent in the UK is independent supernatural-thriller-horror Unhallowed Ground.
Don't Ignore A Persistent Cough..
Almost 24,000 people a year in England receive a lung cancer diagnosis when the disease is at a late stage – only around 15 per cent of cases are diagnosed at the earliest stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful.
A Beautiful Sufi Infusion...
Pakistani singer Shujat Ali Khan teams up with UK producer NaamLess to create music with global impact! Their first offering is the beautiful 'Jaagi Mori Akhiyan', a Sufi infused urban beat sensation. Shujat Ali Khan, is the grandson of legendary classical singer Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and son of leading contemporary classical maestro the late Sharafat Ali Khan and nephew of Ustad Sahfqat Ali Khan.
I Am Singh, Hear Me Roar!
Whilst cool hunters claim that the beard is on its way out, for some the beard is more than just a fashion statement. The Singh Project, a striking new photo exhibition featuring 35 highly original images, showcases the beauty and diversity of the two most ubiquitous symbols of Sikhism: the beard and turban.
Meet the Dubai Game Changer...
Be it the Summer in Abu Dhabi festival, the Dubai Rugby 7s, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, or the launch of some of the world’s finest brands including the Bentley – New Flying Spur, no event is too much of a challenge for the award winning entrepreneur behind Plan b.
Raishma Dresses The Stars
Justine Miliband chose a stunning two-piece Asian inspired outfit or ‘churidar suit’. The intricately beaded, figure hugging red dress in deep red with antique gold embroidery looked amazing on Ms Miliband, who is rarely seen in such outfits. BBC newsreader and host for the evening Riz Lateef also donned one of Raishma’s stunning evening gowns.
Inch Fever Goes Global!
The Dr Zeus camp delivers another massive tune in the form of 'Inch'. Headed up by extraordinary 'Zora' and featuring Punjabi rapper 'Fateh', Inch is already topping playlists worldwide and has reached over 300k views on YouTube in just 3 days! This infectious track bears all the hallmarks of the inimitable Zeus style, perfectly blending Punjabi sounds with hip-hop elements.
Asian Business Awards 2015
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP celebrated Asian entrepreneurship and work ethic at the Asian Business Awards ceremony in London.
Natasha Asghar - The Face Of Change
Fact: There are currently 650 total members of parliament in the UK. Fact: Only 148 are women. Fact: Of those 148 women, only 6 are Asian. But what is the reason for this poor representation – is it that politics is simply a sexist and racist space that no-one in their right minds wants to step into? Or are we as a community simply satisfied to complain that we don’t have representation, but too lazy to actually do anything about it?
Jay Sean Walks Away From Cash Money!
Jay Sean, the UK’s most successful R&B export, last week announced that he has chosen to part ways with Cash Money Records and is preparing to release his latest body of work The Mistress II independently next month, in line with his long awaited return home to the UK.
Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
A lavish set of marigold flowers and a bright orange carpet greeted guests as they arrived to the world premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, directed by John Madden. The Royal guests of honour were joined by members of the cast and crew including stars Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Tina Desai, Lillete Dubey, Diana Hardcastle, Shazad Latif, director John Madden, writer Ol Parker and producer Graham Broadbent.
Age Is But A Number!
As the bass drops, a silky, honeyed voice trickles over the backing track. The talent is obvious and the song is infectious; it can be easily attributed to any one of the popular female singers in the industry today. But proving that age really is just a number, brand new artist Blory is about to burst onto the music scene with her explosive new song, 'Holle Holle'.
The House Of Hidden Mothers...
Welcome to Little India, situated in East London: Shyama, aged forty-four, has fallen for a younger man. They want a child together. Meanwhile, in a rural village in India, young Mala, trapped in an oppressive marriage, dreams of escape. When Shyama and Mala meet, they help each other realise their dreams. But will fate guarantee them both happiness?
Prostate Cancer Campaign...
1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime! EastEnders actor Rudolph Walker OBE and former England international footballer and Premier League coach Les Ferdinand MBE, are just two of the high profile names that have joined forces to raise awareness of the increased risk of prostate cancer amongst black men, as part of the ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign.
Bend It Like Beckham The Musical
Gurinder Chadha’s hit film Bend It Like Beckham is being readied for the West End stage and following a host of auditions and workshops, the cast for the highly anticipated stage version Bend It Like Beckham the Musical has been formally announced.
Apache Indian Blasts Establishment
Reggae artist Apache Indian has dropped a hot new track, 'Election Crisis’, which is already setting fire to the airwaves at radio stations up and down the UK. Released on 30th March, the track scathingly blasts the state of British politics, capturing the atmosphere of disaffection and disappointment felt amongst much of the voting public.
Hinduja Brothers Top Asian Rich List
The ongoing annual battle of the Asian billionaires this year saw the Hinduja brothers maintain their position at the top of the money mountain ahead of Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal for the third consecutive year and reaffirming their position as the wealthiest men in Britain today.
Amar Akbar & Tony Premiere
The much anticipated British independent comedy – Amar Akbar & Tony premiered in London to a star-studded audience at Cineworld Haymarket, in London’s West End. The evening was hosted by legends of Radio premiere saw stars of stage and screen join the impressive cast line up which included; Rez Kempton (Amar), Martin Delaney (Tony), Karen David (Meera), Laura Aikman (Samantha), Amrita Acharia (Richa) and Goldy Notay (Sonia) and Meera Syal (Honey).
Talent Is Kee!
Back with a bang, talented singer/songwriter Kee is taking the British Asian music scene by storm again with her brand new single 'Akhiyan'. Returning with a stunning fresh look, buzzing new sound and a sure fire hit, Kee’s latest offering promises to be a definite floor filler.
Alchemy at Southbank Centre, London.
Alchemy, Southbank Centre’s exploration of the cultural connections between the UK and the Indian subcontinent, returned for its sixth year celebrating and exploring the region’s art, artists and society as a whole. Alchemy presents exciting collaborations and new work from both emerging and legendary artists, across art forms – dance, music, theatre, design, comedy and literature – as well as a stimulating programme of workshops, book clubs, talks and debates.
Bangla & Punjabi Stars Collaborate!
North American artist Master-D has been gaining major momentum since his recent signing with Universal Music India and now announces his collaboration with the international king of desi hip-hop 'Bohemia'. The pair come together to deliver a unique hip-hop flavour tune in Bengali and Punjabi.
EXPERIENCE INDIA’S FORGOTTEN COURTESAN CULTURE WITH A STUNNING STAGE ADAPTATION OF UMRAO JAAN A vast, open hall – the meeting place for wealthy Nawabs – decorated in gilded carvings and seeped in the opulence of the Mughal period. Taking centre stage, the courtesan, or the Tawa’if, a figure who embodies a world of refinement through her poetry, music and dance, prepares to entertain an eager crowd…
Dara - The Spectacular!
Celebrity guests attend the opening night of DARA, the National Theatre’s spectacular new production set in 17th Century Mughal India. Delivering a powerful yet moving performance to a packed audience, the production opened to enthusiastic reviews. Many notable names were in attendance, including; EastEnders cast Kristian Kiehling, Nitin Ganatra, Rakhee Thakrar and Himesh Patel, and stars of stage and screen Ameet Channa, Rez Kempton, Goldy Notay, Shivani Ghai and Preeya Kalidas.
Rascals Do The Power Dance!
Anj Baig teams up with Cold Fever and Hype Hyphen to create the The Power Dance. With its electric beat and funky routine, The Power Dance is set to make everyone ‘level up, charge!’ this summer. The video was directed by the 'Rascals' Anj & Shmoyel and features a few friends from the Sky Living series Desi Rascals.
Behind The Beautiful Forevers
India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief.
Shamitabh - The Man Behind The Voice
R Balki’s latest film Shamitabh, is an ode to living legend Amitabh Bachchan that only the celebrated director of Cheeni Kum and Paa could think of. Known for his unique plotlines, Balki’s first film in seven years, and number three of three starring Bachchan, follows the story of a mute boy from a small village determined to make it big in Bollywood.
Youtube Sensation Manika Kaur
Multi-talented singer-songwriter Manika Kaur returns with her second album – I Bow to You Waheguru, an ethereal modern spin on Kirtan, Sikh devotional music. The album features contributions from celebrated producer Talvin Singh, a pioneer in fusing the traditional tabla with modern electronic, ambient sounds, as well as several notable Western and Indian classical performers including Rakesh Chaurasia on bansuri/flute and Bernhard Schimpelsberger’s percussion. Read more...