This week we feature the current favorites and obsessions of DJ Anjali. With a name like Gitanjali (song offering) you’d think she was born to play records. Made in India and born in Oregon, Anjali was raised by Marathi banjaras and Cascadian loggers. She started DJing after watching too many boys run the soundtrack at house parties. After studying Kathak and Bharata Natyam for many years, Anjali hung up her ghungroo and became a proselytizer of Panjabi folk forms bhangra and giddha. Since her Portland debut in 2000, DJ Anjali has existed as the city’s primary advocate and dance missionary for the many varied electronic sounds of the South Asian/desi diaspora. Well-known as dance floor instigators, she and her partner, The Incredible Kid, hold down several Portland parties as well as the Anjali and The Kid weekly radio show on KBOO 90.7FM and Chor Bazaar on XRAY.fm.
1. Aljawal, Débruit & Alsarah
This album is absolutely gorgeous. I can’t even pick just one single song, you need to listen to the entire album, on repeat. I was lucky enough to see them perform live this summer at Beloved Festival. They were flown out to play in the middle of an Oregon forest. How perfect is that?
2. Rocking with a Sikh documentary
3. Sassy Maharashtrian dance form Lavani
4. “Ki Faida” by Tigerstyle featuring Raj Brar (Delhi 2 Dublin remix) from Kawan II remix EP
5. “Dil Cherdi” from DJ Sanj and Jay Status
6. Cornershop’s cover of The Beatles — “Love You To”