2017: Bangladeshi Artists to Check Out

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This will be the fourth time in the last 5 years that I have had the joy and privilege to compile a list of the most promising contemporary Bangladeshi artists. 6 years ago I would have never believed that I would get the opportunity to present the most promising local acts but now we really seem to have passed the first and largest hurdle. What a time to reflect on the future of Dhaka’s electronic music scene!  

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NEWS - 15. September 2017   CITY - Dhaka

“You Sing Ok, But Why Does The Music Have To Be So Inaccessible?” Nepali Producer phatcowlee In Discussion About His Debut Release ‘Cinema’

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“The most positive thing I’ve read about my music is the comparison of my sound to a mix between Madlib, and that, err… LA dude, who’s a filmmaker? Yes, Flying Lotus! I guess that was cool,” says Rajan Shrestha aka phatcowlee, the subject of my interview earlier this morning. And the most negative? “Umm, I’m not sure, but plenty of the feedback has been pretty positive, but yes, people have said to me that you sing ok, but why does the music have to be so inaccessible,” he continues.

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NEWS - 11. September 2017   ARTIST - Phatcowlee

Alien Panda Jury: “It’s very interesting to experience another culture and see the beauty for what it is.”

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“I’m sorry; I find it tough to articulate my words sometimes,” said Daniel Arthur Panjwaneey, as I asked him to recall in absolute detail the summer he spent in Germany earlier in 2017 as part of Border Movement Residency (created in partnership with Goethe-Institut, Wild City, Ableton and Musicboard Berlin).

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NEWS - 07. September 2017   CITY - Berlin ARTIST - Alien Panda Jury Project - Border Movement Residency

Yomari Sessions: Nepal’s Sweet Audio-Visual Offering

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With its music culture undergoing a creative resurgence, Nepal has a new beacon which plans to shed light onto some of the more laudable acts of its growing independent music scene. Named after a delicacy of Nepal’s Newar community, ‘Yomari Sessions‘ is an online video series of live intimate performances shot with the intention to showcase the profusion of fresh talent.

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NEWS - 17. August 2017  

Dameer Khan: The 16 Year Old Producer Who Makes Sunshine Filled Music

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Our hectic lives sometimes feel like they are designed to wear us down and make us despondent, so when someone comes along who is overwhelmingly positive it makes a big impression.

Introducing 16-year-old Dameer Khan, whose cheerful tracks are sure to get your feet tapping in the very near future.

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NEWS - 03. August 2017   CITY - Dhaka ARTIST - Dameer Khan

Dakta Dub Talks About His Journey Building Sound Systems, Working With Local Communities & His Love For Reggae

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It’s a cloudy day and the Hyderabad University Campus with its lush green surroundings looks idyllic for an evening stroll. Bala Subramanyam Swayampakula aka Dakta Dub is heading for his weekly radio session ‘Musical Journey with Balu’ at Bol Hyderabad 90.4 fm, the local campus community radio. A weekly show that features music ranging from dub, reggae, Indian electronica, world music and more.

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NEWS - 27. July 2017   ARTIST - Dakta Dub

Listen To Alien Panda Jury’s Live Set In Munich At Favorit Bar

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BMR Berlin artist Alien Panda Jury recently played a live set in Munich at Favorit Bar, a small and intimate venue known for its dedicated crowd who seek out experimental music.

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NEWS - 11. July 2017  

Conflict Left No One Behind: Mir Gazzanfar

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Kab tak ghutey humara dum
Kab tak palkein rahenge num
Abhi bhi kaanon main ghoonjey
Selaab kaa jo shor tha
Ek Qehar kya kam tha
Jo ab intezaar hai ik aur ka…

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NEWS - 29. June 2017   ARTIST - essXaar

Unboxing The Future: A Nosedive Into The Vision Of India’s First Online Community Radio

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“I remember the day Mo told me about his idea to start an online community radio. We couldn’t stop thinking or talking about it. At that point, we knew that there was no turning back” Sahej Bakshi.

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NEWS - 19. June 2017   CITY - New Delhi ARTIST - DJ MoCity

Announcing: Winners Of BMR South Asia 2017

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A two way exchange, the Border Movement Residency (BMR) program creates unique opportunities for South Asian producers to engage with the music community in Berlin (BMR Berlin); while also offering Berlin based artists a platform to interact with musicians in South Asia (BMR South Asia).

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NEWS - 15. June 2017   CITY - Berlin Project - Border Movement Residency


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