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Truly a world class competition! Great promo video.

Excited to see these teams face off. Good luck to all.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Jawani Comes to an End
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:30:54 AM »
Sad to hear about such an established team hanging up the vardiyan (especially since there a lack of all female squads), but alas all good things must come to an end.

Let's just hope they inspired some of new generation to take over where these talented ladies left off. Thank you for the amazing performances & for the diversity you guys brought to the circuit.

~ Basim :)

Off-Topic / Re: Calf Pain
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:01:24 AM »
A lot of people use compression wraps/compression sleeves, so those might help.

Also, try giving yourself a few days off in between doing "100baitkan" (nice username ;) ) for your calf muscles to recover. The last thing you want is a severe calf strain that causes your muscle fibers to tear.

I'm no doctor, but during those days of rest/recovery, you can use any products that contain the ingredient methyl salicylate (wintergreen oil) - which causes your capillaries to dilate and allows your blood to flow to areas of your body where it's rubbed in. Products include Bengay, IcyHot, Tiger Blam, Bio Freeze, etc.

Hope this helps,

~ Basim :)

Bhangra Mixes and Music / Re: What is this song?
« on: October 06, 2014, 01:17:21 AM »
You might have had a tough time because it's called "Chardi Jawani" by Aman Sandhu, but you were very close with your words.

You can download the song here:

By the way, you can always try to search our Media Center for a lot of tracks. We have quite a few tracks uploaded.  Even if you just searched for the word "jawani," you would have likely came across it amongst the 5 pages in the Media Center.

Hope this helps,

~ Basim :)

Videos and Performances / Re: **NEW** SGPD Bhangra video (featuring. Me!)
« on: September 30, 2014, 07:17:00 PM »
Great dancing Jusi.. you're a natural ;) Glad to see some guys from SGPD still dancing - wish they would bring a team & routine to the competitive scene again.

How'd your visit to Toronto go? A lot different than the U.K.? Thanks for sharing the video sir.

~ Basim :)

First off, welcome to BTF! I did a quick search on BTF for you. Here are some recent topics that came up:!/

It appears you're a little late since the deadlines for these comps have passed; just keep an eye out when these comps start accepting teams for next year.

"High school" specific comps are not very abundant. I think most hs teams just perform at talent/cultural shows, melas, wedding parties, etc.

You could always host/start your own high school competition - I'm sure you would get plenty of teams applying if you promoted it properly.

Good luck to your team,

~ Basim :)

Any chance these episodes might be available on youtube in the near future?

+1 - Any place to view the episodes online after they have aired? Would love to catch this series, but I don't think I can watch this when it airs every week.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Boston Bhangra 2014 - Team Lineup
« on: September 25, 2014, 02:00:55 PM »
Thanks for posting the lineup here Preet!

Pretty stacked lineup with a lot of veteran teams that have something to prove or to see if they "still got it" as we head into the new season.

I'm also REALLY glad to see that there are no teams competing at both Burgh & Boston - I guess it just worked out like that. I love to see what every team has to bring and a diversity in the lineups will allow just that.

There should plenty of local support with 4 out of 12 teams being from Massachusetts, but Boston always has a great crowd that seeks to be pleased regardless of a team's hometown.

Good luck teams & Boston Bhangra committee.

~ Basim :)

This is so clean and well done JsK! Having taken a quick listen to it, the biggest part that sounded off key & odd to me was from 7:53-8:02 (the tumbi instrumental just didn't flow well at all all with Soorme imho). Overall, a great job with the mixing. Lots of good transitions without over doing things.

What I really loved about this mix were the combination of of songs used - every single one is an "off the charts" hit. There's a great mix of some older songs & new songs.

Do you think that you could attach a HIGH QUALITY mp3 of this mix? I want to jam to it when I'm not at the computer.

Would appreciate it sir. Thanks in advance.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: **Bhangra in the Burgh 8 Official Lineup**
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:16:04 AM »
Solid lineup with a very diverse mix of teams! I'm loving it. Good luck to all the teams competing - look forward to the new performances in order to dazzle your fans for the new season.

Also, good luck with the event Burgh committee,

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Looking for bhangra team in nj
« on: September 14, 2014, 04:14:33 PM »

What's the team in Princeton, NJ ? Is it Co-ed by any chance ?

*Girl sitting here crossing her fingers*

You may be in luck Haldiholic.

I believe it's Princeton University's co-ed team (that's based out of Princeton, NJ of course):

Not sure if you need to be a student of the university to be on the team, but definitely reach out to them using the contact e-mail in the above facebook group page.

If you don't get a response soon & need a direct contact of the team, let me know.

Good luck,

~ Basim :)

Full discolure: A few days back, I received a fb message to provide feedback on this mix from my dear friend Sangeen. So this is my take without having seen a performance by this team.

Loved the intro/start - the emphasis on the vocals was great up until 0:43 and I imagine this would have worked great for the team's opening sher.

Good transition from 0:43-0:45, I liked the use of the bass reverb effect to keep it simple & clean.

Great song choice with the song starting at 0:46ish.

I wasn't really feeling the rap lyrics in the background from 0:51 to 0:55ish. I didn't really think it added much and sort of clashed with the Punjabi lyrics (according to my ears). I would have choose a different sample to use here.

0:56-1:02 - Holy BASS. Great time to pump up a listener & crowd. I imagine the team to break out some powerful moves at his point. Really made my subwoofer work.

1:03-1:07 - There was a great slow down effect and a well placed "hoi" repeat effect. Overall this was essential to be placed here otherwise I would have thought the mix to sound quite repetitive by this point (especially due to continous heavy bass).

1:07-1:16 - Once again, the rap was brought in, but it's so faint.. that I don't think it does much for the mix. Maybe that was your goal? Who knows.

1:36-1:41ish - I loved the piano's added into the background of the songs. While this was also a bit faint, it flowed really well with the song. I'm not sure this is part of the original song or if you added it in, nonetheless, good stuff!

1:41-1:42ish - No transition here, which was a bit odd, because it's almost like the team wanted to stop something completely & move to doing something else very quickly.

1:47-2:02 - Very nicely done. A lot of different things happening here, but loved everything you did.

2:02-2:03ish - Good transition with a clip of of Manak-E "Kehndi mere pair dukh dhe" + bruahh sound effect + explosive bass sound. Again, quite simple, but effective.

A bit too much exaggerated bass for my taste with Manak-E's "Pair Dukh Dhe" song.

2:47-2:48 - Transition sounded really weird to me. Not sure where you were going there.. I understand the build up and then drop into the lyrics, but it sounded very "stop & start" between the Punjabi song & the rap song.

2:55-3:05 - Tough transition here due to the next song having such a different tempo, but it worked for you. The small build up & the "bruahhhh" sound effect was really simple - but I appreciated the "hey hey" sound effect carried over into the beginning of the Punjabi song.

3:43-3:44 - I think your transitions are getting too simple. This is another example that sounded a bit abrupt to me. I did like the panning effect of the sound that followed shortly after though (the sound effect that moved from right to left twice)

3:51-4:23 - Good sound affects & strong bass drops at well-timed moments in the Punjabi song

4:24-4:26 - Great transition here. It flows so naturally & well. Great job.

5:07-5:08 - There could have been a better transition here. Again, it seems very "stop & start" with the cut you made.

5:09-5:46 - This was hott. The slow down in satisfya just sounded awesome.

5:46-6:45 - THANK YOU FOR BRINGING BACK & INCORPORATING SOME CLASSICS! YES :D These are songs that majority of the audience recognize & it's great for the younger generation to be exposed to this stuff!

A good outro at the end, but I couldn't understand what the last words being repeated were. At first I thought it was a DJ tag, but it doesn't sound anything like Sangeen. It sounds like the word "sikhi." lol.

I hope this helps somewhat. It took several days for me to write as I only had the time to listen to the mix in pieces (note: I did listen to the mix as a whole, but it takes me time to get detailed & break it apart to comment). Overall, your mixing has improved a lot over the years.

Hope you can also provide more feedback (especially in detail) to others who are starting off or need help sir. Great mix overall.

~ Basim :)

Bhangra Mixes and Music / Re: name of the first song?
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:08:55 PM »
I posted the wrong link,

the song at :53

Hello cholasux,

I believe this is the original song:

Song: Goli
Album: Bhangra Paa Mitra
Singer: Sippy Gill

vox posted a HQ mp3 of it here

You can also search for the Media Center for a few remixes to the song.

Hope this helps,

~Basim :)

Edit: Dam you Daman! Always beating me.

Woohoo! More Texas teams!! ;D

Good luck ya'll. Let me know if I can help in any way.

~ Basim :)

Mixing Ladder Challenges / Re: BTF Mixing Challenge - Season 2?
« on: September 02, 2014, 10:14:12 PM »
I like the idea of group challenges Swi. Also, I like the idea of moving toward a monthly format that's a whole lot easier to manage than like 8 one-on-one mini challenges every 2 weeks for mixing mods to micro manage. During Season 1, I was always an advocate of slowing things down (providing more time to mixers & more time for voting) rather than speeding things up - so I'm with you all on the way on changing the format to be monthly, lol.

Also if we allow 2 weeks to mix, maybe allowing up to 2 minutes per mix would be a lot better. Often times, it seemed 1 minute was a hard for mixers to abide by or really get their creative juices flowing.

My only question would be how we would determine overall rankings if we are grouping people per challenge. Let's say there are 30 mixers total participating and we have five groups of 6 DJ's/Mixers per song.. the winners of each group would be determined once per month... so how does one winner know if than better or worse than a winner in a different group?

~ Basim :)

Mixing Ladder Challenges / Re: BTF Mixing Challenge - Season 2?
« on: September 02, 2014, 11:52:30 AM »
Glad to see some interest in Season 2! The overall purpose of the ladder was to provide the BTF audience with some fresh music/beats to jam to during the summer, hear some creative work from up & coming mixers, and basically provide something to look forward to during the bhangra "off season" (ideally the beginning of June through the beginning of October).

As vox stated though, Season 1 of the ladder required A LOT of manual management from the mixing ladder mods including Swi & myself. It also caused a lot of frustration for many us running the ladder when we had mixers not doing their part or not even responding.

At the end of Season 1 of the mixing ladder, we did brainstorm a few ways to make this a more streamline process in the future (Season 2 onward). We definitely do hope to bring back a Season 2 of the ladder, because I know many people enjoyed it (mixers actually received some helpful feedback, the BTF audience got to hear mixes that they probably would never hear elsewhere, and overall it displayed how much talent is out there from DJ's/mixers you might or might not be familiar with).

I also received some PM's/e-mails with suggestions, promotional opportunities, and asking if we would bring it back (some new people wanted to participate). Once again, we would love to deliver Season 2 of BTF's Mixing Ladder, but it will most likely next year during the off season - hopefully we come up with some ways to automate this further.

~ Basim :)

Bhangra Mixes and Music / Re: Song-Kashni_Ji_Akh_Gurkawal_Sidhu
« on: August 21, 2014, 07:16:44 PM »
Sickk song, thanks for sharing. Epic Bhangra at it once again - awesome.

~ Basim :)

Music and Albums / Re: What Happened to Miss Pooja?
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:24:38 PM »
She's too busy doing the ALS challenge to be producing more duets:


~ Basim :)

Awesome! Thank you sharing the link here Bobby. It's so amazing to have seen this on national TV. True recognition for bhangra.

Don't forget to cast your 10 votes for Cornell Bhangra:

Everyone please take a moment to do so & pray that the team has a chance to advance!

~ Basim :)

Bhangra Mixes and Music / Re: song help
« on: August 10, 2014, 04:21:21 AM »
What is the song right before Jogi?

The hurr song with the gimmick.

Welcome to BTF!

The lyrics go like this: pehli uddi furrr, dooji uddi furrr, teeji uddi furrr, reh gaye kalle hurrr ("furrr" is describing the sound of a bird flapping & taking off in flight).

The song is Raj Brar - Furr (Album: Rebirth)


Hope that helps,

~ Basim :)

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