Que Bajo?! vs. Basement Bhangra

The NYC tropical dance party Que Bajo has been influential in changing the sound of NYC nightlife. Now in its 5th year, Que Bajo was one of the original homes for what is now known as Global Bass, mixing the folkloric music of Latin America and Africa with modern electronica.

DJ Rekha

London Born, NY Bred…..DJ Rekha is many things to many people.....A recognized leader of the community, a reknowned music producer and DJ, radio host, curator, educator and activist who is based in New York City. She is also known for creating and producing the long running monthly night known as “Basement Bhangra™. The New York Times named her " the Ambassador of Bhangra." Newsweek recognized her as “one of the most influential South Asians in the United States.” This past year was highlighted by two invitations to perform and appear at The White House with a special live on camera thanks from President Obama.
Rekha’s musical accomplishments include sound design for the TONY winning Broadway Show, "Bridge and Tunnel." as well as the off-broadway show Rafta Rafta. She served as associate Producer for the NPR Radio Documentary, "A Feet in Two Worlds" and her debut album, "DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra,” which featured an array of International South Asian stars as well as well known hip hop artist and activist, Wyclef Jean. In early 2009, Rekha was chosen by the State Department to visit India as a Cultural Ambassador to the U.S. Consulate for a three-week tour of India. More accoldades followed in October, 2009 when DJ Rekha was inducted into the New York City's Peoples Hall of Fame. She also was NYU’s Asian Pacific American Artist in Residence for the 2006-2007 year which is also the same year she taught a class “Pop Culture: South Asians in the US.” Rekha has given lectures and led workshops on Hip Hop, politics and South Asian art for various universities and institutions including the Smithsonian, Brooklyn Museum and Columbia University. Her work has been featured on CNN, NPR, PBS. Rekha has curated shows for Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn and curated Desi Diaspora film series at the 92Y Tribeca. Rekha is known and respected for her unwaivering National and local support of new emerging talent as well as for the established artists such as Punjabi MC, M.I.A., The Dhol Foundation, Malkit Singh, The New Deal, Red Baraat, Bamboo Shoots, My Pet Dragon, Hardkaur, Lady Sovereign, MR.Vegas, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Outkast, Nina Sky, and a host of others. Her NYC monthly club night “Basement Bhangra” and her festival stints have hosted all of these artists and more.

Uproot Andy

UPROOT ANDY is a Brooklyn based DJ/Producer and co-founder of Que Bajo, the NYC based party that helped pioneer the so called Global Bass movement with its all embracing approach to global electronic music. Originally developing his culture crossing DJ sets at the Mehanata Bulgarian Bar before beginning the Que Bajo parties, Uproot Andy's unique sound of bass heavy and melodic dance music, first began appearing outside the club on mixtapes such as Guacharaca Migration, called 'one of the best mixtapes of 2008' by New York Magazine, as well as on early releases by the Bersa Discos and ZZK record labels. Since then he has toured extensively in Europe and across the Americas appearing in diverse settings from Colombia's Carnaval de Barranquilla to New York's Central Park Summerstage to the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards in London. Andy and Que Bajo co-founder Geko Jones represented their global bass sound at the Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash in NYC and they have recently launched Que Bajo Records to release a steady stream of remixes and club edits that give the now famous party its signature sound.

Geko Jones is a Brooklyn-based Puerto-lombian DJ/Producer and vibe springer. He is a founding member of both the New York Tropical and Que Bajo?! party franchises. He is also a partner and co-owner of the Dutty Artz record label with producer Matt Shadetek and DJ /Rupture. His mixes span the tropical hemispheres and collage together globally sonic hours of dancefloor mayhem. Renowned by top DJ's and producers of the digital cumbia scene in Latin America and European bass-pundits alike, Jones is one of the select few DJ's pushing forward the latin agenda in a world-wide tropical bass scene.

Petra is a DJ, dancer, writer and organizer. She started throwing parties as a teenager and when she inherited a collection of vinyl from a retired Washington Heights DJ, she began studying the art of spinning records. Petra has been dancing since she could walk, and she approaches DJing from the perspective of the dance floor, inciting wild parties wherever she plays. She is known for her expansive collection of music and her seamless mixture of diverse musical traditions, bringing together hip-hop, reggae, old-school and world beats. Petra is currently a contributing writer for Okayplayer.com, and hosts the weekly radio show "Hip Hop & Her Family" airing every Friday night 10:30pm - 1am at WNYU 89.1FM and online at wnyu.org.

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