Interview With Sacramento Bhangra Star Pree Mayall

Interview With Sacramento Bhangra Star Pree Mayall
Pree Mayall is a US bhangra artist who was born in Yuba City, and raised in Sacramento. An artist, a producer and percussionist, his career in music began at the young age of 7 and has since signed with record label Inner Vibe. In 2005, he was Toronto based Bhangra Nation’s ‘international dhol champion of... Read more »

Chicago Rapper Alpha Singh Is Back With The Rain EP

Chicago Rapper Alpha Singh Is Back With The Rain EP
Lake Zurich based rapper Alpha Singh is back with his latest release, ‘The Rain EP.’ The follow up to his debut album, ‘The Saga Continues’, this was released on the 7th, and the first track titled ‘Midnight Marauder’ from the EP is available to view on his YouTube channel. Alpha Singh joins me again for... Read more »

A Chicagoan Experience in London and Supporting Fulham FC

A Chicagoan Experience in London and Supporting Fulham FC
This is the next post in my series on Chicagoan experiences in England. Alisa Jordan, the blogger of No Bags to Check guest blogs and shares her experiences of living in London. She has also lived in Baltimore and Boston, and currently resides in Chicago. On her move to London I moved to London on... Read more »
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A Chicago Student's experience in London

A Chicago Student's experience in London
For my next series of posts, I am exploring Chicagoan experiences in England. Yimian is a 24 year old Chinese student living in Chicago. She moved to London to study at Brunel University for a year before moving on to London School of Journalism for a further three months. She currently studies Finance at graduate... Read more »

A Chicagoan's take on Diwali

A Chicagoan's take on Diwali
Diwali is an Indian festival that is celebrated by Indian communities around the world. Known also as the ‘festival of lights,’ it is celebrated by the Hindu and Sikh communities in Chicago, with the day marking the triumph of good over evil. Festivities include the distributing of Indian sweets to families and friends, the lighting... Read more »

Interview with Indie Pop Rocker Zain Lodhia

Interview with Indie Pop Rocker Zain Lodhia
Zain Lodhia is a South Asian singer and song writer based in Chicago. New on the indie/pop rock scene, his musical journey started as a hobby in college which then became a serious passion. Zain Lodhia has a diverse range of influences and released the Memories EP in June 2011. He has recently released his... Read more »
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Initiative to develop technological and research links with Chicago

I came across another video lately (from a few years back!) that focused on the links between Birmingham, England and Chicago, but in a different way. This video features Dr. Norman Price, who is the Chair of Birmingham Science City, on his quest in Chicago (and Illinois as a whole) to develop the technological and... Read more »

Students in Sister City Cultural Exchange program

I came across this video recently and, given the theme and title of my blog, I thought it would be cool to share it. Titled Sister City Sisters, a co-production from Fruit Tree Films and Maverick TV, this 30 minute film follows Brummie art student Dina Choudhury on her visit to Chicago which also sees... Read more »

JumpinGenres Ajay Randhawa Jumps onto the Chicago Bhangra Scene

JumpinGenres Ajay Randhawa Jumps onto the Chicago Bhangra Scene
Ajay Randhawa, known by his alias JumpinGenres, is a talented all round musician who has not only introduced himself as a worthy addition to the US bhangra scene with a fresh and at times gritty sound, but as a musical aficionado who enjoys music as a whole. With the ability to practice and master an... Read more »
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A Sikh teenager's thoughts on the Wisconsin Temple Shootings

Amrit, a 17 year old Sikh teenager living in Chicago and aspiring rap artist (known by his rap alias Alpha Singh) talks to me about the Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings in Oak Creek.   What was the reaction in Chicago from Sikhs after the first Wisconsin shootings? Everyone here was really affected by the Wisconsin... Read more »