Hit ABD TV Show actress joins legendary U.K Music producer, renowned U.S Bhangra Deejay, Canadian Alternative pop artist and CBC Comic as the latest talent to confirm attendance to Anokhi Media’s Anniversary Awards Show!
Performances during the Awards Show are brought to you by Johnnie Walker. These newly announced celebrity guests join a long list of some of the world’s most notable South Asians in entertainment, fashion, media and lifestyle to participate in ANOKHI MEDIA’s annual Awards Show.
Newest celebrity guests confirmed to attend:
Actress, ABC’s Galavant – KAREN DAVID
Karen David, with her exotic beauty and multicultural pedigree, (Chinese, Indian and Jewish heritage), is a multi-talented actress and singer-songwriter who works in film, television, stage and music.
A talented actress and musician, Karen David carries her genuine nature off-screen, garnering praise from fans and coworkers in each space. “Karen is one of those people who, when you first meet her, you are instantly wary of, because you find it hard to believe that someone can really be so nice,” comments Dan Fogelman, Creator of ABC’s Hit TV Show, Galavant. “You spend more time with her and you realize it’s not an act – that she’s just genuine and kind in the way most of us pretend to be genuine and kind.”
Legendary Music Producer – RISHI RICH
Rishi Rich is a music producer from West London. Rich has worked in the music business for over 20 years, having begun his career at the tender age of fifteen. He is now an award-winning music producer, having received several accolades throughout his lifetime, including the ‘Award for Excellence’ at the Asian Woman Magazine Awards and ‘Best Producer’ at the UKAMAs (Asian Music Awards). He has become an established and highly respected producer and has worked on several ground breaking albums and singles for a number of artists from the mid-1990s to present day.
“If I had to choose one musician who I think was responsible for putting the Indian sound out there in the international market, it would without a doubt, be Rishi. He’s been a beacon for all the young musicians and a pioneer in making desi cool,” comments Bollywood Actor, Abhishek Bachchan.
Legendary Basement Bhangra Deejay – DJ REKHA
British-born, New York City-based, DJ Rekha is a deejay, curator, record label owner and educator. Called the “Ambassador of Bhangra” by the New York Times and named one of the most influential South Asians by Newsweek, Rekha is among the first deejays to merge classic Bhangra and Bollywood sounds into the language of contemporary electronic dance music.
Rekha’s musical accomplishments include sound design for the Tony award-winning Broadway show, Bridge and Tunnel and the off-Broadway show, Rafta Rafta. She also served as the associate producer for the NPR Radio Documentary, A Feet in Two Worlds.
In 2010 at a White House Asian Pacific Islander reception, President Obama said, “I want to thank DJ Rekha who’s been spinning a little East Room Bhangra for everybody, mixing a hip-hop beat with the sounds of her heritage, making a uniquely American sound that may not have been heard in the White House before.”
Singer/Songwriter ZAMEER RIZVI
Zameer Rizvi is a Canadian singer/songwriter, musician and composer known for referencing social and political issues in his music. Rizvi’s poignant writing style landed him in controversy with songs such as ‘Mind Over Murder’ and ‘Tatti’ which challenge socio-political norms of the Middle East and South Asia. The same writing style earned him worldwide recognition when his song about social injustice against athletes with disabilities called Win or Defeat’ was licensed as a theme song by the 2010 Paralympic Games. Rizvi went on to perform the song at the 2010 Olympic Games.
Rizvi released his debut album From Under the Bleachers in 2011. According to Rizvi, the title of the album originated from his experiences while sitting under the water tank on his roof in Pakistan. Production credits for From Under the Bleachers include five-time Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Thompson.
The album was well received, with strong digital sales, leading to Rizvi’s single ‘Glory of Love’ climbing to #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in Canada. The album also snagged Rizvi the title of ‘Hot Shot Debut’ and #5 on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart.
Actor- Comedian – ALI HASSAN
A touring comedy headliner, Ali is also the host of Laugh Out Loud on CBC Radio & SIRIUSXM, a show with a listenership of over 1 million people. He was also the Lead Comedy Panellist on CBC Television’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, recording over 165 episodes since 2012. He is a recurring character on PBS Kids’ Odd Squad, YTV’s upcoming show The Game, and FXX’s Man Seeking Woman. Ali was also featured in the films French Immersion, Breakaway and GOON.
He is a Canadian Comedy Award Nominee (2013) who has performed at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, JFL42 in Toronto, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and twice at the Amman Stand-Up Comedy Festival – the first ever comedy festival to bring comedy to the Middle East.
When: Saturday, 28 March, 2015
Where: Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Time: 5:30 pm – 2:00 am
Tickets: $200 and they can be purchased HERE.
Additional details about the event as they are released (including this year’s sponsors and celebrity guests) can be found on the ANOKHI MEDIA website HERE.