This weekend, Street Yoga is delighted to showcase a Portland legend… DJ Anjali!
DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid have played a transformative role in the Portland, Oregon club scene for over a decade, presiding over two of Portland’s longest-running and most successful dance parties, as well as hosting a cult radio show on KBOO community radio. They are most known for incinerating dance floors with the South Asian sounds of Bhangra and Bollywood, but the duo scours the globe for any hard-hitting music that combines local musical traditions with window-rattling production.
Here is a fun example of a Bhangra Dance! This Saturday, DJ Anjali will be leading us in a very simplified version of this traditional dance… then we’ll freestyle & bust a move 🙂
Ok… back to Anjali!
After making a name for themselves in their hometown’s raucous house party circuit, DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid introduced the Portland, Oregon nightclub scene to the sounds of Bhangra and Bollywood on New Year’s Eve 2000. After a series of residencies, beginning with a six-month residency at the legendary Blackbird, the duo began hosting their ANDAZ dance parties in July of 2002. The party’s focus on hardcore Panjabi Bhangra and the latest electronic confections from the Bollywood film industry continue to pack the dance floor after 10 years.
While ANDAZ was still in the bloom of youth, Anjali and The Kid founded the popular dance night ATLAS (with co-host/DJ E3) at Holocene in November of 2003, making it the longest-running night in the club’s history. The ATLAS parties provide a forum for the duo to feature other sounds in their repertoire including: Urban Desi, Rai N B, Reggada, Dembow, Dubstep, Balkan Beats, Funk Carioca, Kuduro, Merengue Urbano, Reggaeton, 3Ball, Cumbia Nueva and all local and diasporic future musics.
Since introducing Portland club audiences to the amazing sounds of the South Asian diaspora and more the duo have remained in constant demand playing any number of one-off events nearly every weekend of the year in addition to their regular parties.