Bappi Lahiri is the living legend of Bollywood, known as the "Disco King" who was India's most successful music director of the 1980's. He has worked with the biggest names in Indian music history including Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Alka Yagnik, AR Rahman and Sonu Nigam. Bappi entered the Guinness Book of World Records for recording over 180 songs for 33 films in 1986, and has composed over 5,000 songs in over 600 films over his 40 year career. He has introduced some of India's biggest pop stars into the industry including Alisha Chinai and Remo Fernandes, and helped popularize reality music TV shows in India in 2006 appearing as a judge on several "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" TV series. Bappi's music was the first to be sampled by urban artists from America and the UK, including Dr. Dre ("Addicted") and MIA ("Jimmy Jimmy") which sold millions of copies around the world. In late 2016, Bappi Lahiri lent his voice to the character of Tamatoa in the Hindi-dubbed version of Disney's hit film "Moana" ; he also composed and sang a song in the film.
Born in the Philippines, Ruby spent the first 4 years of her life in Tacloban City before her family eventually settled in San Lorenzo, California. In 2010, Ruby began releasing multiple videos on Youtube, which created a buzz after several of those videos were featured on XXL Magazine and Worldstar Hip Hop. Ruby released her debut mixtape, Lost in Translation, hosted by DJ Kay Slay, which premiered that same night on Shade 45 Satellite Radio in New York City. Since its release, Lost in Translation has accumulated over 50,000 Soundcloud streams and nearly 100,000 digital downloads. Ruby's unmatched talent and work ethic has allowed her to be featured on Buzzfeed, NPR, and Huffington Post, while having the opportunity to perform on large stages such as Rock the Bells Festival, Paid Dues Festival, and Araneta Coliseum. Additionally, in 2016, she had three independent videos each gain over 1,000,000 views in less than one week.
The smack-talking Indian chick on MTVs Nick Cannon Presents Wild N Out Seasons 1-5, the don't-blink assistant in Crazy Stupid Love, the cute punk in The Taqwacores, the non-smoking bank teller in Weeds, the call center eulogist in My Name Is Earl, and creator of Rukus Avenue's The Sari (W)rap @ Amoeba, iTunes, IFFLA. She wrote and starred in two sketch comedy pilots this past season, CBS's The Night Crew and Rick Najera's Color Correct News, for LatinoRebels Network. An award-winning Toastmaster & Storyteller, catch her on stage making people laugh and clutch their pearls.
As Executive Producer of the White House Initiative album Act To Change, Sammy Chand’s title track provides the inspirational message of self-empowerment and awareness through hip hop. He is also the Executive Producer of the Anti-Human Trafficking album to benefit the United Nations and their fight against human slavery. His music has been featured in over 60 film and television shows and is considered a pioneer of the South Asian music scene in North America. Sammy is a past winner of the Los Angeles Citizen of the Year award. Sammy has been a trendsetter in the South Asian music scene worldwide, as he has long been credited for igniting the Indian Hip Hop scene worldwide. His list of collaborations include some of the music industry's biggest names.
The South Asian hip-hop artist from Los Angeles signed to Rukus Avenue. Has been featured on BBC Asian Network and worked with the likes of YouTube sensation Humble The Poet. His lyrics and delivery caught the eye of Sammy Chand when Hoodini was just 17 years old, and since has blossomed into a first class performer. His work on Rukus Avenue's White House initiative album Act To Change is noteworthy as he performs on the title track. Hoodini is also featured on the upcoming United Nations initiative releasing January 17th, 2017.
Since the age of 3, He has been studying music. His mother was an eastern and western classically trained singer and composer and transferred her passion for music to both of her sons. As well as studying classical music he also had an affinity for technology and electronic music. He has shared the stage and worked with many notable artists, among a few are: Skrillex, Bassnectar, Judge Jules, Rupam Islam, Big Gigantic, Ghostland Observatory. SaumG was also the founder of Group SUB SHANTI and featured on Entrepreneur magazine and Inc magazine.
Fueled by inspiration and innovation, Dr. Varshini Muralikrishnan, Los Angeles/Chennai based singer-song writer, is making a revolution around the world by popularizing her style of global music. Varshini comes from a musical family and has been extensively trained in Indian classical and western music since the tender age of 2. Varshini brings to life a genre of music that incorporates diversity, innovation, soul, and tradition. Varshini’s contemporary style ranges from sounds integrating Indian/western classical music, R&B, Jazz, and influences from around the globe. Varshini has performed at several prestigious venues around the world Including The Sydney Opera house, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, The United Nations Headquarters to name a few. Varshini along with her brother Basanth founded "BhaVa" an audio visual production house centered around "Primordial sound" as the sibling duo believe that it is a focal point of the various forms of music the root of which has always been in existence.
Having grown up in a family surrounded by arts and dance, Shreyas Srinivas naturally gravitated towards music at the age of 10 while living in India. He picked up the guitar and there was no looking back. Over the years he has been trained in both formal music and has a degree in audio engineering and music production from reputed schools and has studied and been mentored by world class and grammy winning music producers and engineers. Currently living in Hollywood, Shreyas divides his time by working various sound design gigs for film and TV and other music production based projects for both bands and solo artists. Shreyas has worked with various indie bands and singer/ songwriters and also worked on several feature and short films including a few major Bollywood movie projects.
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