Music

LA’s Discostan Blends Archiving with Music and Performance

October 31, 2018

In a bar in LA you might be able to hear ancient sounds, handed generation over generation down the mountainsides of Pakistan. Or, you might be treated to the strains of street music from Cairo cartwheeling across the tables. Or, you’ll see folks swaying to a rare record from a never-forgotten Lebanese songstress. This is … Read More

Kohinoorgasm’s “Chalo” Is a Tender Show of Femme Power

October 18, 2018

Artist Kohinoorgasm‘s latest music video “Chalo” premiered yesterday on the Fader. Depicting a picnic respite by the ocean, the video by director Jing Niu is all about soft touches and sisterhood. “‘Chalo’ celebrates cultures of queer femme mutual support and queer femme abundance despite misogyny’s attempts to deplete us of our power and magic,” Kohinoorgasm … Read More

Rapper Horsepowar Hosts New Food Show Exploring Curries of the World

October 8, 2018

“From Japan to Jamaica to the Philippines, every culture has its own take on a dish I grew up eating with my Punjabi family,” rapper Jasleen Powar, a.k.a. Horsepowar, says over a montage of New York City scenes. “We’re here, we’re hungry, and we’re eating our way through the five boroughs.” The web series, which … Read More

Premiere: Qais Essar’s “The Culmination of a Sorrowful Life” Is a New Classic

August 10, 2018

Produced by Afghan-American filmmaker Ali Baluch, Qais Essar’s newest video brings a simple visual approach to a complex song. Unlike Essar and Baluch’s last, more experimental collaboration, “REVOLUTION: Part I ANTHEM,” the video pieces together straightforward shots of Essar playing the rabab in two different settings. According to Essar, the simple concept of the video … Read More

BRWN HIVE Ep. 4

August 7, 2018

It is HOT and it is HUMID and we have another BRWN HIVE episode to cool you off. We’ve got a fresh new episode from BRWN HIVE with over a dozen dope tracks to keep the summer vibe going. Check out this months episode on iTunes on Spreaker. Listen to “BRWN HIVE Episode 4” on … Read More

The Inimitable Freedom of Nadia Nair

August 3, 2018

Swedish artist, Nadia Nair resists classification. Her work strives for something indescribable, bending genres and melding influences from soul, rock, and classical Indian traditions. The result is stunning. Music that grabs at your heartstrings, pulling them along with the emotional cadences of the songwriter’s honeyed voice. When we heard she was previewing her next album … Read More

Playlist: Baila Summer

July 11, 2018

Baila music is a staple of Sri Lankan culture. The genre originated as a blend of two Sri Lankan communities: the kaffir population – descendents of enslaved African brought to Sri Lanka by the Portuguese – and the Portuguese-descended Burghers. Baila is characterized by its distinct beat, taken from colonial influences, mixed with traditional Sinhalese … Read More

BRWN HIVE Ep: 3

July 9, 2018

Keep the summer going with a new mix from BRWN HIVE + Dilipa A new month, a new radio hour! Kajal is back with our third episode of BRWN HIVE. Check out this months episode on iTunes on Spreaker. Listen to “BRWN HIVE Episode 3 w/ Guest Mix from Dilipa” on Spreaker. We’ve got a … Read More

Raw Silk Weaves Indian Classical and Electronic Ethereal

July 2, 2018

Raw Silk will pull you out of your head and into the moment. Raw Silk released their self-titled first album June 1st, bringing together cello, sitar, and vocals to create their own layered sound. Turning traditional music on its head, the Baltimore-based duo blends elements of Indian classical music and experimental electronics to create a … Read More

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