I came across this article on Panjabi Hit Squad, and while reading it, I had some serious issues which made me wonder about the group itself.
bq. The word ‘desi’ means raw, undiluted, the real shiznit basically. That’s why a decade ago Panjabi Hit Squad named the music they were making ‘desi beats’. Now with an album deal from Def Jam and a popular show on 1Xtra, the originators are finally getting the recognition they deserve…
Really? If the PHS have a fucking clue, then they should not be saying this. Desi, means from my home land, from my desh. Almost like saying “he is my nigga.” Back in the day, when I started DesiParty.com, no one was using the phrase desi, and my usage was to signify “my homies.” So what the fuck is PHS going on and on about.
bq. Desi is also a type of liquor in India” Dee tells me. “It’s 100% proof.” “We wanted a specific term to describe our sound,” continues Marky Mark, “The bhangra scene has been running for over 20 years, back when we first got into it in the early 90’s, it wasn’t street, it didn’t have an urban feel. We got into it off the back of hip hop and garage and we wanted to merge bhangra with that. There are so many Asian messages in the media now, the whole Bollywood thing… That’s nothing to do with us; the music we make is not from India or Pakistan, it’s made by people in the UK.”
I give them the liquor analogy, but this thing about so many Asian messages. Yo bhangra has got roots in India and Pakistan, like it or not. And listen up mofos, embrace not run from your roots.