DJ Rekha (born Rekha Malhotra, 1971) is a London-born musician who has imported her own blend of contemporary bhangra music to the United States since the early 1990s. Her first album, DJ Rekha Presents Basement Bhangra, released in October 2007 on Koch Records, fuses the South Asian genre of bhangra music with international hip-hop and drum beats. DJ Rekha is a DJ, producer, curator, and activist, and has been credited with pioneering bhangra music in North America.
DJ Rekha showcases her skills at a monthly event known as Basement Bhangra at S.O.B.'s on Varick Street. Since its launch in 1997, Basement Bhangra has popularized the traditional-modern bhangra blend, rapidly making the genre an essential part of the NYC club scene. Although Basement Bhangra's success is built on loyalty to the sensibilities of its core audience, the first Thursday of every month finds S.O.B.'s overflowing with a diverse crowd of dance-hungry music-lovers.