Make Music Day

2022 Listings: Tuesday, June 21st

DJ Rekha

DJ Rekha, née Rekha Malhotra, pioneered the merging of Bhangra and Bollywood sounds with contemporary electronic dance music. Rooted in hip-hop and dub their DJ sets range from Brazilian Baile Funk to Balkan Beats and everything in between. They founded Basement Bhangra, one of NYC’s longest-running club nights (1997-2017). Their debut album "DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra" (featuring a track with Wyclef Jean) won much critical acclaim and was nominated for best DJ album by the 2008 Plug Awards. They are the founder of Basement Bhangra™, Bollywood Disco, and co-founder of Mutiny Club nights. They were named "Ambassador of Bhangra" by the New York Times. Rekha was NYU's A/P/A Artist-in-Residence for 2006-2007. They have received numerous community awards and in 2009 was inducted into the New York City's Peoples’ Hall of Fame. They have curated events for Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park Summerstage, and has performed at the Obama White House and internationally.

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