‘Desi DNA’ specials with A.Network in Feb

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor


The BBC Asian arts and entertainment show ‘Desi DNA’ has teamed up with the BBC Asian Network for two special shows to be aired in February.

‘Desi DNA’, which is fronted by Adil Ray, Anita Rani, Bobby Friction, Samanthi, Parv Bancil, Nikki Bedi, Tommy Sandhu and Bidisha returned on BBC Two for its fifth series last week.

‘Desi DNA & Asian Network Presents’ is a multi platform Asian music collaboration spanning DAB digital radio, online, mobile and TV. For the first time full performances from the gig will be available to digital tv viewers via the red button from any BBC channel between 13th and 20th February.

‘Desi DNA & BBC Asian Network Presents’ introduces the first of two programmes from a specially recorded showcase presented by Adil Ray and Bobby Friction.

On Wednesday 13th February (23:20) there are live performances and backstage interviews from artists including Danish rap outfit Outlandish, resurgent R and B singer Jay Sean, currently gaining chart success for his new single Ride It and a rising crop of new talent including exotic electro folk sitar player and singer Bishi and Bhangra DJs Tigerstyle, making their TV debut.

Recorded in December exclusively for ‘Desi DNA’ and the BBC Asian Network at London�۪s Scala Theatre, digital TV viewers can watch full performances from Jay Sean and Outlandish by pressing the red button from any BBC channel.

The second ‘Desi DNA & BBC Asian Network Presents’ which airs on BBC Two on Wednesday 20th February, introduces more exclusive recordings from the Scala gig. The programme features live performances from Bhangra progressives Swami, more from Jay Sean, and hip hop outfit Sona Family.

This will be the first time the Asian Network will function the red button facility on digital TV.