Josh (band)

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Josh
Also known as Jösh
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Bhangra
Years active 2000 (2000)–present
Labels Universal
Website planetjosh.com
Members q (Qurram Hussain)
Rup (Rup Magon)
Past members Rik Magon
Shazi Hussain

Josh, sometimes stylized as JoSH or as Jösh is a Canadian Indo-Pakistani Bhangra music group formed in 2000 in Montreal. Present members are "Rupinder" (Rup Magon) and "q" (Qurram Hussain). Their songs showcase both modern and traditional bhangra beats and music, but are strongly influenced by hip hop and pop music.

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Josh was founded in 1996 by Rup Magon with his brother, Rik Magon, and friend Shiraz 'Shazi' Hussain. They were joined by Qurram 'q' Hussein, Rup's in 1998, and two years later Rup and Q embarked on their own path for JoSH as a duo without Rik and Shiraz.

While JoSH may be less known in their home country of Canada, they are very popular in South Asia, particularly in India and Pakistan. Their second album, Kabhi, as well as its title track, remained in both Indian and MTV World Top 20 lists for 26 weeks from October 2004 to January 2005. Additionally, JoSH was awarded MTV India's 2004 "Immie" award for Best New Non-Film Artist.

JoSH has collaborated with Grammy winner Nelly Furtado with bhangra remixes of her singles "Powerless (Say What You Want)", "Promiscuous" and "Maneater". They were also featured in Nelly Furtado's tour in India.[1]

JoSH has also been involved with numerous multi-cultural initiatives, such as appearing on stage at Toronto's Yonge and Dundas Square as headliners of the 2007 South Asian Canadian Music Festival 'desiFest', founded by youth entrepreneur Sathish Bala. At the event, JoSH was introduced by special guest Sitara Hewitt, star of the hit Canadian TV comedy sitcom "Little Mosque on the Prairie".

In 2009 JoSH performed in Coke Studio along with Pakistani leading artist Shafqat Amaant Ali.

Discography[edit]

  • 2001 - Main Hoon Tanha
  • 2004 - Kabhi
  • 2006 - Mausam
  • 2010 - Beyond Kismat

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