BBC Asian Network has announced DJ Nojan, Almass Badat, Aneesha Kotwani and DJ Kye as the newest DJs to join the BBC Asian Network Residency.
The Asian Network Residency is the strand that showcases the best in new and emerging DJ talent with a focus on dance music. Beginning this November, homegrown and international acts alike will share with listeners personally curated mixes and special features, while using the opportunity to present their talent to a global audience.
The new line-up will begin their rotations in November, with shows every Sunday night into Monday morning (23:00 – 01:00).
The new line up is as follows:
First Sunday of the month, beginning 1st November
North London’s DJ Kye has been active in music and media over the past seven years. Starting out as a DJ from a very young age, he soon began opening for U.K artists and having regular DJ mixes on the radio. Later touring with artists Nish and Mumzy, DJ Kye has also supported Nadia Ali on the BBC Asian Network and aims to inspire and educate through his creativity.
DJ Kye says, “I’m really happy to be joining BBC Asian Network, I listened to the station as a kid so I’m excited to now be a part of the team. I’ll be playing different types of Rap, Hip Hop and Grime as well as different sounds and languages that you need to hear. Expect representation from every country in South Asia!”
Second Sunday of the month, beginning 8th November
London born DJ Almass Badat, grew up in Lusaka, Zambia. With Indian roots, her diverse background continues to influence her career as a DJ and content creator. Committed to communicating culture through art, Almass is a visible member of the Queer Muslim community and makes up 1/3 of the What is this Behaviour? podcast.
Almass Badat says, “I love picking up songs, sounds and beats from my travels and conversations around the world. They transport me to times, places, culture and real people and influence how and what I broadcast. Sharing my music on the BBC Asian Network Residency means that from future beats to Bhangra, Indo-electro, Grime, Hip Hop, Afrobeats & so much more, I can share a taste of my global discoveries through sound in all its glory.”
Third Sunday of the month, beginning 15th November
Glaswegian DJ Nojan is a multi-genre DJ and producer with a unique style that sets him apart. Known for having a diverse and versatile music library which delivers high energy sets, he specialises in Middle Eastern and international music.
DJ Nojan says, “I am very excited to join the BBC Asian Network Residency with my brand new show. Introducing the finest national and international artists, while mixing the freshest Middle Eastern music with the best of Desi Asian, RnB and Hip Hop from around the globe.”
Fourth Sunday of the month, beginning 22nd November
Aneesha Kotwani owes her musical career to the fact that she moved to the UK from India in 2009 and discovered a whole new world of club culture and nightlife. Moving back to India in 2013 wasn’t a choice, but little did she realise that she would be at the forefront of building an independent and electronic music community in India through her company WAVLNGTH.
Aneesha Kotwani says, “I have been dabbling with radio since 2017 and I just kept at it. I felt this was my creative outlet to share music with the world since I don’t DJ or produce my own music. That sheer persistence has now got me to the BBC Asian Network and I am so grateful for the opportunity. I hope this can be the beginning of many amazing things to come as I would truly like to contribute and put talent from my country on the global map as it is such a fulfilling experience. Looking forward to sharing it all, over the next year!”
Every fifth Sunday of the month, beginning 29th November will see a specialised show featuring all four DJs on air.