Art

For Ananya Birla, Not a “Day Goes By” Without Gratitude

October 1, 2019

Ananya Birla met Sean Kingston by chance at a cafe in Mumbai. Birla, known for being the first Indian musician with an English single to go platinum, introduced herself to Kingston and he quickly invited her to open for him at his upcoming show in Goa. Their collaboration continued from there and resulted in Kingston … Read More

“Descendants” Tells the Diaspora Story Like It Is

September 17, 2019

You might recognize actor Paul G Raymond on his turn in Black Mirror, as the member of an AI space crew battling against the whims of a power-tripping nerd in “USS Callistter.” His latest short film “Descendants” offers a different perspective on the millennial milieu – in which friends with benefits are de rigueur and … Read More

Virgo Season

September 11, 2019

With summer coming to a close and autumn approaching it’s about time for fresh beginnings. Virgo season is the perfect time to get back in track as the disciple of the zodiac swiftly moves through life with precise and orderly mannerisms to navigate the world. We can all take from this archetype and instill crafty, … Read More

Humeysha Adds Space to Sound with “Nusrat on the Beach”

September 10, 2019

Following last month’s new EP, Humeysha released a video for single “Nusrat on the Beach” this week. The video, like the song, carves out a dreamscape in which Zain Alam, the artist behind musical project Humeysha, considers possible futures. Directed by photographer and filmmaker Hannah Claire Baker, the video pairs vibrant colors with soft reflections, … Read More

Leo Kalyan’s Escapism is His Resistance

August 23, 2019

Leo Kalyan is thrown off by time zones. He was early to the interview, waiting by the phone an hour before the call, having miscalculated the time difference. He asked about daylight savings⁠—does the US have the same system as the UK? Given Kalyan’s music, this mix-up makes perfect sense. His latest single, “time can … Read More

Keerat Kaur’s Pink Guava Is the Perfect Refreshment for This Hot Summer

August 19, 2019

In a time where nostalgia is at a high, there is no shortage of old Bollywood covers. The problem with most of these covers, however, is that many artists and producers fail to retain the integrity of the original songs. Keerat Kaur’s new EP Pink Guava doesn’t suffer from this problem. Kaur and producer Wisechild … Read More

Photo by Oumayma B. Tanfous

@brownhistory is Exploring Diaspora Worlds on Instagram

August 16, 2019

Ahsun Zafar is the South Asian-Canadian creator behind @brownhistory, the Instagram account providing “historical doses of South Asia” to its nearly 200,000 followers. Zafar curates a selection of images and stories from an impressively wide variety of sources ranging from fan submissions of family photos to televised interviews with state leaders. Through @brownhistory, Zafar offers … Read More

Leo Kalyan is Slowing Down Time With New Single “time can wait”

August 12, 2019

London-based dream-pop artist Leo Kalyan dropped his new single “time can wait” last week. The song is as airy as Leo’s falsetto, encouraging a move away from the serious and stressful to the carefree. Kalyan wants us to be caught up in the moment, focused on what’s in front of us. The theme matches many … Read More

Peter Cat Recording Co’s Bismillah is a Surreal Journey

August 9, 2019

Peter Cat Recording Co.’s (PCRC) new album, Bismillah, is meant to be heard in high definition. From the grand gestures of trumpets and keys to the subtle electronics and sound bites knitted into their music, the true intricacy to their sound can only be captured in HD. The chirping birds, distant car horns, and synthesized … Read More

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