Music Video

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

M.I.A.’s New Soft and Hard Video for “P.O.W.A.” Is Here

February 8, 2017

Coming back with POWA POWA. Maya Arulpragasam is serving up looks in her new video for “P.O.W.A.” The video opens on M.I.A., veiled like a street-smart Virgin Mary and laying amongst thousands of blossoms, as she rides in the back of a pickup truck snaking up mountain roads. It’s a hyper-saturated dreamscape with a driving electric … Read More

LAL’s Music Video ‘Tiny Mirrors’ Gives Pollution A Face

September 22, 2016

It provides a clever and creepy commentary on the Dakota Access Pipeline. What is true poison? Where does it come from? Who sends it? Toronto-based electronic group LAL knows. In their eery music video for their single “Tiny Mirrors” off their recent album Find Saftey, the pollution of our world takes the form of a broken old … Read More

Embodying the Refugee in M.I.A’s “Borders”

January 12, 2016

Anyone familiar with MIA knows she has never been shy about politicizing pop music– from rapping about snipers profiling their victims in “Sunshowers” to shocking us with evocations of the Tamil genocide in “Born Free” to mocking the Saudi regime’s restrictions on women drivers in “Bad Girls.” Her most recent, and self-directed, music video for … Read More

Hum Hain Ek Happy Band of Outsiders

January 9, 2016

On Wednesday, Y Films, the subset of studio-giant Yash Raj Films that produces and distributes entertainment for India’s youth, launched the nation’s first band composed of hijras, 6 Pack Band. An event in Mumbai celebrated the new initiative and debuted the band’s first song, “Hum Hain Happy.” Y Films developed this project in order to … Read More

Ghetto Hero

January 6, 2016

“Ghetto Hero” is a project by Ochoboyz, a collective of “badass brown girls from around the world.” Their intention is to show girls rarely seen in all their glory, “presented as the G’s that they are.” The people involved in the song are Mohini Hewa, Stash Marina, 8at8oy, Soisy, Feathermeal and Left Leberra. In the video … Read More