Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Protest Music

Several South Asian bands and artists have put out music that protests social and political injustice. Almost the entire output of bands such as the Asian Dub Foundation or Fun-Da-Mental is comprised of this type of music. Additionally, individual artists such as Karsh Kale and Haroon have put out songs that are critical of the ills in society. Ghazal singers have also recorded similar pieces, notable Iqbal Bano's rendering of Faiz Ahmad Faiz's "Hum daikhain gey".

I'd like to build a list of protest music from South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. If you know of this type of music, please post a comment. If you can supply full discographic information, that would be great.

Thanks for your help.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Brook is back

Brook Martinez of the Brooklyn Qawwali Party (originally Brook’s Qawwali Party) is back with the band and they will be performing this Saturday (Feb 17) at Barbes in Brooklyn. An announcement about the event and BQP happenings is given below.

"Yeh jo halka halka suroor hai" is a really nice piece. Maybe I’ll play the version by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on my next Sangam program on March 05, 2007. Tune in for that show ( I’ll post the playlist when we get closer to the show date.


Brooklyn Qawwali Party will be celebrating Brooklyn, Qawwali, and the Party this Saturday night (2/17) at Barbes( at 9 pm (two sets). We've got two new songs to present from our Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan transcription archives: Yeh Jo Halka Halka and Sochan Dongian. Don't miss it!

The Party will include -
Jesse Neuman - trumpet
Loren Stillman - alto saxophone
Ryan Keberle - trombone
Michael Gamble - guitar
Michael Bellar - harmonium
Noah Jarrett - bass
Brook Martinez - percussion
Liam Hurley - percussion
Shawn Trail - percussion
Conor Elmes - percussion
Special Guest Vocalist - Samita Sinha

Hope to see you there!

Brook (Yes, I'm back in the party)

Don't miss these upcoming events:
Wednesday, February 21st, 2007Soundcheck---LIVE on wnyc (NPR) radio! - - 2 pm
Check us out at 93.9, or
also: itunes--->radio--->public--->WNYC

Saturday, February 24th, 2007, Joe's Pub - CD RELEASE PARTY!
BQP is thrilled to be releasing their debut, self-titled compact disc at Joe's Pub!
Please come out and see us and pick up a disc!

Friday, February 9, 2007

Shazia Manzoor song

Here is a song by Shazia Manzoor. What do you think of the amazingly energetic dancer? (She is not Shazia, btw). I don't think I would be able to keep up that pace for more than a couple of minutes, let alone six.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Sangam Playlist for Monday, 05 February, 2007

This is the tentative playlist for my Sangam program on Monday, 05 February, 2007.

You can listen to the program live at from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm US Central Standard Time (01:30-3:30 UT).

It will be broadcast on the air at KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul.

The playlist includes the piece 136 by the Midival Punditz that I mentioned in my last post. Also check out the video for Haroon's song Yara; it plays out an interesting story.

Track TitleArtistAlbumTrack No.
Mere dil ki hai awazMasood RanaBest of the Best Massod Rana2
Bhooli huwi hoon dastanMalaBest of Mala1
Dil hi to haiJagjit SinghKalam: Mirza Ghalib9
Kaise guzar gaee hai jawaniUstan Amanat AliRaag Se Ghazal Tak6
Piya baaj pyalaMalika PukhrajMother and Daughter10
Dil laga ya thaNajma AkhtarQareeb3
Aashiqi dil lagi nahin hotiAziz MianAashiqi Dil Lagi Nahin Hoti2
Balay Balay ni toreFarida KhanumFarida Khanum: The Golden Collection3
Punjabi touchAbrar-ul HaqAsan Jana Mal-o-Mal2
Lako WadeyaAchanakWhat is Bhangra8
Bar bar dekhoSaleem JawedA Tribute to Muhammad Rafi8
YaraHaroonHaroon Ki Awaz2
PentagonalMeekal HasanSquare One2
EquationEqual 1Anokha-Soundz of the Asian Underground9
CaptiveNajma AkhtarVivid1
Bulla ki janaRabbi ShergillBulla Ki Jana1
Kithe Meher AliAbida ParveenAbida Parveen Sings Songs of the Mystics, vol. 28
Meher Ali (Bollywood Burning Remix)Ustad Sultan Khan & Radar OneRare Elements8
136Midival PunditzMidival Times4
Ram BalramUrsula 1000Bombay 2: Electric Vindaloo1

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Another City Ride

Continuing to ride through cities, let's try Delhi this time. The accompanying music is by the Midival Punditz (136 from their album Midival Times) and the singing is by Vishal Vaid.

Unfortunately the sound level on this video is so low that you will have to max out the volume controls on both the player and your computer and even then I would suggest using headphones.