Performing for the first time at Mosaic festival, JoSH, is a Canada based band that has become synonymous with the flourishing South Asian Canadian music in north American market. Josh has pierced through the difficult mainstream walls and have successfully performed with major artists including Sukhbir and Nelly Furtado. Recently, they produced hit remixes for Nelly Furtado’s album “Loose”, “ The Promiscuous Girl” and “Maneater”. “JoSH Desi Remixes” have taken the music markets by storm and are played in the biggest clubs in North American. Josh released their first album ‘Main Hoon Tanha’ in 2001. It was followed by 2nd album ‘Kabhi’ in 2004 with Universal Music which reached the top of asina musical charts. Newest release ‘Mausam’ with Universal Music India is set to realease this year adding yet another dimension the original JoSH sound and features remixes by Rishi Rish and RDB. “Josh Entertainment” has begun producing several artists, and will soon seek release in various Indian Music markets around the globe. Josh is easily the most recognizable Canadian band with South Asian sound around the world.

Rup (Rupinder Magon) was born and raised in Montreal, Canada in a practicing and religious Sikh family. Thanks to his upbringing in Sadh Sangath and guidance of illuminated souls, Rup uses the music medium to share his thoughts of philosophy and spirituality in Josh’s albums. Rup’s musical influences include Indian ragas, North American mainstream pop music, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Michael Jackson.. As an original member, he along with Shazi Hussain and his brother Rik, began a band called JoSH. Josh initially started as a cover band singing from various musical influences including popular Punjabi, filmi, Qawali, or ghazals. Josh impressed its crowds with its versatility; Endearing crowds with his interactive and friendly demeanour Rup has become a lead singer, as well as music arranger and co-producer with his partner and best friend, Q.

Q (Qurram Hussain) was invited to join Josh as they were starting to make a name for themselves in Montreal. Q’s arrival only helped to solidify the band and he brought with him a unique perspective on fusion. A product of the 80’s glam rock era, Q’s earliest influences include bands such as Guns’n’Roses and along his musical journey, Q’s interests started to change and he found himself more and more interested in a variety of musical genres including R&B, Hip Hop, Drum n’ Bass (à la Talvin Singh), and qawwali as sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. While the music industry in the UK was experiencing releases of CDs like “Anokha : Soundz of the Asian Underground” Q was busy finding his own sound and his own interpretation of all his various influences and defining his own art. His first compositions for Josh, Main Hoon Tanha, ended up being the title track for their extremely successful debut album. That spark got the creative juices flowing, and he was able to explore more ideas, eventually ending up with 8 songs that defined Josh’s, “Main Hoon Tanha”. Teaming up with Rup has given Q the ability to explore his love for the music arts, He says,“I’m just lucky that I’m able to find the interpretations of all this from time to time and continue making music that I enjoy listening to”.

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