Music

Pallaví is Asserting Her Fijian “Identity”

July 8, 2019

Pallaví dropped her latest music video “Identity” this month. In the video, Pallaví (aka Fijiana) tackles the erasure of Indo-Fijian culture in mainstream discourse head-on. She pulls themes of marginalization and appropriation into a powerful song that simultaneously criticizes systemic oppression and celebrates the nuances of her community. The video is full of brown femmes … Read More

Raveena’s “Stronger” Video Speaks to Power and Vulnerability

June 13, 2019

Raveena followed up her May 31st release of Lucid with a video for the single “Stronger.” Directed by filmmaker Danika Kleinknecht, “Stronger” vacillates between visceral depictions of trauma and the airy, bright vibe reminiscent of Raveena’s previous videos. The video cuts back and forth, as the song does, between images of Raveena as a powerful … Read More

Joy Crookes Brings Her Vibrant Voice to Perception

June 7, 2019

The video for Joy Crookes’s “Since I Left You” starts with a close up on the singer’s face. Behind her, clothes are billowing in the wind, and the shot quickly changes to her sitting with her arms around a young boy. As the video continues, Crookes doesn’t move from this room, which she modeled off … Read More

Raveena Shows Us the Way with Lucid

May 31, 2019

Raveena’s new album Lucid, is the end of May. It’s the end to a springtime of anticipation. It’s the purples of a late sunset, the warm breath of an evening breeze. After releasing two singles, “Mama,” an ode to mothers and all they give, and “Stronger,” an assertion of true agency, Lucid fleshes out the … Read More

Raveena’s New Song “Mama” Is a Touching Tribute to Immigrant Mothers

May 10, 2019

After teasing fans online with a new drop, musician Raveena shared her latest “Mama” early Friday morning. Just in time for Mother’s Day. The beautiful ballad to immigrant mothers and their dedication to their children has a gentle melody, with an acoustic intro and soft vocals. The overall effect is a soft balm against the … Read More

Micropixie Brings New Music to Planet Earth

April 9, 2019

Neshma Friend, has never shied away from political topics. Her music and ideas, refined over a trilogy of albums, find expression in the persona of Micropixie, an alien come to Earth to realize she has settled on a planet riven with strange and terrible ideas like misogyny, xenophobia, racism, and a host of other human … Read More

Madhur Jaffrey is a Don Grandmother in Mr. Cardamom’s Music Video “Nani”

April 1, 2019

Madhur Jaffrey, erstwhile guardian of our cookbook collections and silver screen diva, blesses rapper Mr. Cardamom’s latest music video “Nani.” Her Ying-Yang-style turn as a crime syndicate-running, slap-you-till-you-cry, take-no-shit grandmother is the epitome of internety diaspora feelings. The video premiered online today and received a write-up in the Food section of the New York Times. … Read More

Rolex Rasathy and Navz-47 are Celebrating Tamil Women with “Raavanan”

March 13, 2019

“We’ve been waiting for a song like this.” This is what Rolex Rasathy says she hears from so many Tamil women, in response to her latest music video, Raavanan. In the video, which dropped first on Valentine’s Day, New York-based singer Rolex Rasathy and Toronto-based rapper Navz-47 team up to confront a man who has … Read More

PREMIERE: Qais Essar’s Newest Collection “‘I Am Afghan, Afghani Is Currency Vol III – Zahir” is a Meditation on Afghanistan

March 12, 2019

Qais Essar is back with a new addition to his opus “I Am Afghan, Afghani Is Currency.” Volume III, “Zahir” extends his lyrical statement about Afghanistan and Afghan identity. It’s a sweeping five-song collection of mood-focused tracks, each of which seems to centralize and distill the essence of feeling. It’s as if Essar led with … Read More

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