A crazy, hectic and down right awesome night of entertainment. If the BritAsia TV Music Awards 2012 had a tagline that’s how we’d call it! Check out our lowdown on what went down and much more!
BritAsia TV Music Awards 2012 – The Lowdown!
A crazy, hectic and down right awesome night of entertainment. If the BritAsia TV Music Awards 2012 had a tagline that’s how we’d call it! With all Asian events you will have your positives and negatives, overall from a personal opinion this year’s event was a vast improvement on the previous year. We’d like to thank Kiran Ghuman of BritAsia TV for being a great host! Unsurprisingly the crowd was packed to the rafters with young, old, Asian and Non-Asian in attendance alike![image src=”http://media2.chakdey.com/Images/BritAsiaAwards2012Main.jpg” width=”500″ height=”500″ lightbox=”yes” align=”center”]
The best way is to get the miniscule constructive criticism out the way straight away:
Hardeep Singh Kohligot a tad bit carried away with borderline jokes that he won’t get pulled up on and we won’t like to repeat. He did do a good job meeting the demands of an award ceremony. However, it would be nice to get a new face next time around though. There were a few iffy moments on stage such as Gurbhej Brar’s non-appearance before JK’s performance, the non-attendance from Amrinder Gill etc. No event goes without a hiccup though.
As we were covering the event as part of the press like many other websites, magazines and radio stations, we again found it difficult getting hold of award winners and performers. 60% of them were cramped backstage, the epic size of the venue doesn’t help so this is something that is inevitable.
We did however manage to meet many artists who arrived in the press area, with some long conversations and others glancing hellos. Our first point of contact was AJD who was nominated for ‘Best Club DJ’ as a resident at 4 major nights in the UK. He is one of the highest rated DJ’s, an enthusiastic individual who has shown that he has a great understanding of the circuit. Although he didn’t win the award itself, you can bet he will definitely be nominated again next year!
Anyone who has ever been to an awards ceremony and been present in the press area will know of a certain type of moment; when a vocalist drops a few lines and gets the attention of everyone in the room focusing solely on their scinitillating vocals. D-Sarb did just that, singing ‘Vang Nachdi’ and boy did it turn heads! We were lucky enough to talk to him as well as meeting the entourage of D-Boy and Jeeti who have both worked with him recently. We tried our hardest to persuade him to release ‘Gandlan Tor Diye Mutiyaare‘ and even got him to sing a line (unfortunately the next day we realised we didn’t record the footage!?!). Make sure you cop his newly released single ‘Charkey‘ which features Jeeti.
We also got to meet many of the best Urban artists in the Asian scene including Raxstar, TazZz and Shide Boss. As a website we have tended to neglect this segment of our music industry, since the new design we have increased our Urban content and promise to bring you the highest quality music coming from these very artists!
It was also a good opportunity to meet members of competitor online media and to acknowledge each other’s existence in the scene. It’s always good to catch up with Tony Pabla of Punjab2000, who in our opinion provides the best video content. The best company of the night was with Sabah ‘DQ’ Ismail, the highly rated blogger from DesiMusicXpress, with a keen interest in Urban Asian music. Like ourselves she is keen to push the truth regardless of how many ego’s it shatters. Watch out for her v-log from the awards night!
The stand out achiever of the night undoubtedly was the doctor of Asian Music, Dr. Zeus. Alongside Kanika Kapoor they scooped many of the awards and were deservedly in the spotlight for what they have achieved over the past 12 months. Kanika Kapoor stood head and shoulders above everyone that attended with her sophistication, well spoken, composed manner and simply one of the most beautiful human beings we’ve set our eyes on. She demonstrated that she is not just a pretty flower, but has an authentic talent which will be showcased on her forthcoming album with Dr. Zeus.
We also came across the individual who has been bestowed with the task of showcasing the future of BBC Asian Network’s introducing content; Yasser Ranjha. We learnt a lot about Yasser that many people won’t have known, including his vast experience in the media industry and how Bobby Friction has mentored him for this role. His show will commence from Friday 26th October at 9pm, so make sure you tune in!
The best feeling is when an artist pays a compliment to how much they appreciate your content. This is why we have mutual love and respect for the boys from Moneyspinner and Banger. With Banger taking the industry by storm, Moneyspinner will be making their own mark in November alongside Mika Singh, flying out to shoot their new video with the Badshah of Bollywood!
In terms of performances DJ Sanj and Jay Status set the stage alight (literally!) with a fire-eater breathing our roaring flames, however it was two tribute sets that took our breath away. The night culminated with a tribute to the late Ustad Kuldip Manak, a great set that featured Jazzy B, Sukshinder Shinda, Angrej Ali, Malkit Singh, Manmohan Waris, AS Kang and Balwinder Safri. They each performed a classic from the legend including Banda Singh Bahadur, Nakhre Bin Soni Temi, Chithiyan Sahiba Jatti Ne and many more. From a personal point of view it was great to hear these icons perform the tracks of the legend, but the ending didn’t seem quite right. It wasn’t as entertaining and awe-inspiring as previous years. That maybe due to the fact it’s the same artists performing again as the finale. It felt like we were leaving the arena without our needs being completely fulfilled.
In our opinion the RDB tribute should have been the final performance, it was a moving tribute to Kuly Ral, a person who left a mark in many lives through his music. The performance brought us all close to tears, it was really amazing being present when the likes of Surinder Rattan, Metz n Trix, Gubi Sandhu, Herbie Sahara and many others got together to bring back memories of the days when UK Bhangra was at its peak. There isn’t really much more we can say about it, you had to be there to feel the occasion, thankfully it was all caught on camera. You can relive it soon via BritAsia TV!