title1759323772
PHOTOS: Rolling with Panjabi MC
March 23, 2011 | 9:15AM

all words and photos: Ben Droz

Best know for bringing middle eastern music to the club in Jay Zs “Beware of the Boys”, Panjabi MC combines traditional Indian Banhgra with a solid hip hop beat, for music that makes you want to belly dance. Panjabi MC was in town for the Kennedy Center’s “maximum INDIA”  and I somehow became his official photographer on Sunday.

Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (84)

The group consisted  of Punjabi MC, his band of two drummers and a MC Trix, their manager Richard Mahvrick, liaison Mandeep Surah, singer/rapper named Chase with a giant Super Mario bling, a British model named Sofia, and myself.

Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (37)

But before we could get down to the music, we had to do what hundreds of others were doing on Sunday afternoon- stuffing our faces with most popular DC cuisine and reality show, DC Cupcakes.

Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (35)

We got to meet the founders, who brought us to the kitchen so we could see how they bake and serve hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of cupcakes on a typical Sunday Afternoon. I was wondering where the reality show crew was, why they weren’t filming us being all like “look, there’s a DJ in a cupcake shop”. But instead, it was just me snapping away, probably looking like a paparazzi, but with mad swagger. Paparazzi are random people who don’t know how to take pictures but are given giant zoom lenses and hired to stalk celebrities. That’s not how I roll.

Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (36) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (38) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (39) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (40) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (41) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (42) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (44) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (45) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (46) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (48) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (49) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (50) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (51) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (52) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (53) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (54) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (47) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (56) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (58) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (61) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (60)

Then it was to the Kennedy Center, where there was a packed, family friendly show.

Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (98)

Despite the sound system also being family friendly (where’s the bass?) it was a great show that remixed several popular tracks with traditional indian samples. Hailing from Pittsburgh, my personal favorite was the Black and Yellow remix, but there were many other highlights. Plus, Khalifa has that H just like Bhangra, so that’s tight.

Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (64) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (66)

Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (63)

After the show at the Kennedy Center, I somehow ended up back in the hotel room sharing jokes with the PMC crew and guest MC Shizz Nitty. We ended up ordering pizza and looking through photos, drinking some beers and grey goose, and smoking Benson and Hedges. And it all happened from a single text message on Saturday night.

Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (99) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (87) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (97) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (96) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (95) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (94) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (93) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (91) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (90) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (88) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (86) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (85) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (82) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (78) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (80) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (77) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (75) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (72) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (70) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (71) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (69) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (68) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (67) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (100) Panjabi DC Cupcakes + Kennedy Center resized (62)

Comments:

Your Email Address Will Not Be Published

Recent Comments:
  • AYESCOLD says:

    Punjabi MC’s ‘Beware of the Boys’ ft Jay Z brought Desi (south asian) music to the clubs, especially Bhangra. Not Middle Eastern music. Nowhere on that track is there Middle Eastern music, and in no way is that track suggestive of Middle Eastern music. Get your facts/ cultures right .

  • natty boom says:

    Agreed. On another note, Ben, I just returned from Middle East and picked up lots of Arabic Pop and Dance tracks. Let’s have a listening and research party.

  • Ben Droz says:

    I know Bhangra is southeast Asian, clearly its for “Maximum India” and I know that India is not the middle east. Nonetheless, my research indicated that Bhangra is popular in parts of Pakistan, and when I FIRST heard it i thought it was middle eastern. Thanks, i guess middle eastern jokes are not PC with PMC

    • DJCARLITO says:

      seriously BENDOZ, I know this post is like 3 years old now, but it really does look ignorant when people call Bhangra “middle eastern music” and then mention “belly dancing” (also not related) — it’s not a “middle eastern joke” as you say in your comment Ben, it’s just incorrect… you couldve just admitted the mistake and fixed your copy, but instead, you leave it that way and justify it as a joke.. why stand behind false information for the sake of maintaining your pride? Ridiculous… Great photos though!

  • jerseys28 says:

    One real Portland Trail Blazers
    value first liesNew York Knicks in to what degree Los Angeles Lakersand what sense he set himself.
    Cease to struggle andOrlando Magic you cease to live.