Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Speaking of The Namesake

Must read by Anna at Sepia Mutiny.

Saga of the Giants

Watch this video.

Then go read Elatia Harris' post (long) at 3quarksdaily.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Tee-M on CityFM89

I had posted a list of desi radiostations a few days ago and also mentioned some days prior to that that Tee-M had left for a tour of Pakistan. Well, as it so happens he will be interviewed on one of the stations that I had listed - CityFM89. Read about it in the note from Tee-M below.


Ladies & Gentlemen...

I'm in the swing of things in Karachi now. "YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN TOUR" of Pakistan has started and here's what's happening: LIVE ON CITYFM89's "Breakfast Show" with Sohail Hashmi, Tuesday March 27th '07, 8:20 am Pakistan time, 8:20pm (on Monday, March 26) L.A. (Pacific Time). Rest of the world, please figure out your local time.The show goes all over Pakistan on the radio dial but in the rest of the world u can log onto http://www.cityfm89.com. We'll be playing tracks from EARTHIOTIC... andI'll be taking my guitar for some live acoustic songs. We'll also debut the Aao Aao Aao dance remix by GeoffTyson...The call-in # (in Pakistan) at FM89 is 111-089-089, the lines will be open, so let's chitter, chatter and request in your favorite song from EARTHIOTIC...

As a lot of you in Pakistan know that after 3 yearsand over 800 episodes of the Breakfast Show on CityFM89 Sohail Hashmi will be leaving the station at the end of this month. My sincere thanks to him for his appreciation and support of TEE-M music ever since I was on his show for the first time back in Jan of '06. I had a great time with Sohail and Wes Malik then and hope to rock n roll with him come Tuesday Mar 27th, so everybody please log and tune in!

TEE-M BEST MALE ARTIST: Yes! ROCKWIRED out of Los Angeles has nominatedTEE-M in the "Best Male Artist" category. Please let them know how much u agree with their thinking and cast your vote and feelings at: http://www.rockwired.com/vote.html

Cherrios for now...TEE-M (Tariq)

Watch Aao Aao Aao video on YouTube: A and O level students in Lahore are putting it on their phones and iPods. I say rock n roll Lahore...


Saturday, March 24, 2007

Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney’s talent is amazing. He combines jazz, Indian music, electronica, and other genres to produce musical pieces that are delightful and stimulating to listen to. Sawhney was born and raised in the UK. He learned classical (Western) piano, classical and flamenco guitar, and also sitar and tabla. However his interests range much more widely. In addition to musicians he has collaborated with filmmakers, choreographers, and visual artists. You can listen to his music if you go to see The Namesake based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri and directed by Mira Nair.

The Guardian published a column about Sawhney last year which you can read here. Listen to a portion of the score he did for the movie Prapancha Pash and to a brief interview with him.

I’ll play something by Nitin Sawhney on my next Sangam program on April 2nd. Be sure to join me.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Desi Radiostations on the 'Net

I have been looking for desi music on the ‘Net and found some radio streams. They are listed below. These are commercial stations so you will hear advertisements as well – sorry!

Hardly any of these stations offer audio archives so you are limited to the live audiostream. Sunrise Radio AM does offer an archive with a week’s span.

So don’t forget to listen to Sangam and other fine programs on KFAI (www.kfai.org) – commercial free and with audio archives (2-week span) categorized by program. The archives will be available again beginning in April.

Different stations use different players. You have to have one of the following (freely downloaded) players: WinAmp, Real Player, or Windows Media Player. WinAmp will generally play most stations but don’t be surprised if you end up needing all three.

Mast FM103

Offers four channels:

FM100 Pakistan

Offers three channels:


Out of Karachi; plays quite a lot of English/Western music.

Radioactive 96 FM

This is also out of Karachi and may play mostly Western music. I haven’t listened to it enough to figure out the station’s format.

BBC Asian Network (UK)

Radio TeenTaal (Paris)

Sunrise Radio AM (UK)

Sunrise Radio FM (UK)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

JoSH in concert in Minneapolis, Saturday, March 31

You may have heard the song "Aaye mauasma rangeele, suhane" by JoSH on my last Sangam program (originally from the movie 'Saat Lakh' and sung by Zubaid Khanum many, many years ago). Well, JoSH is going to be performing in the Twin Cities on Saturday, March 31, on the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus. The concert is part of the Pakistani Students Association's annual function. Those of you living in or visiting the Twin Cities, do come to the concert for a good time and some desi food. Thanks.


Pakistani Student Association will be hosting its annual show/concert on March 31st (Saturday), 2007, in the Great Hall of the Coffman Memorial Union on the Minneapolis campus (East Bank) of the University of Minnesota.


Event Time: 7:30pm to 10:30pm, (Saturday, March 31)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

This Year PSA Night will be Featuring International Mega-Hit JoSH, winner of "Best New Talent" at MTV's "IMMIES"

visit them at http://www.planetjosh.com

Also featuring Live Dhol performance, student performances and much much more

TICKETS: V.I.P - $45; General - $20; Students with student ID - $10
Tickets are available at South Asian Food, Patel Groceries (on Central Avenue, Minneapolis)

For more info:

Shahzad Ali at - alix0108 [at] umn.edu
Mohammad Ali - alixx103 [at] umn.edu

Nadia Ali - Sensational

Entrancing! I came across Nadia Ali’s singing recently and was delighted. She writes her own songs and sings beautifully. Her voice has a slight throatiness which is a pleasure to listen to and her modulation is expressive.

Nadia Ali was born in Libya to Pakistani parents and grew up in Queens, NY. She sings mostly in English but also in Urdu (with clear diction and without a Western accent). Listen to her interview (about 9 minutes long) conducted by Imran Siddiqui for the Voice of America. Towards the end of the interview segment (approximately 2 minutes before the end) Nadia makes some interesting remarks about her identity as a Pakistani woman getting into the Western music scene.

On my last Sangam program I had intended to play her song ‘Rapture’ but miscued the CD and played ‘Fasley’ instead, which is also a beautiful song. So listen for ‘Rapture’ next time (on April 02); it is a big hit. Nadia recorded this song with the band ‘Iio’ (the name derived from Sony’s Vaio computer which she used for writing). Now she is working on developing herself as a solo artist. Best wishes, Nadia!

Here is Nadia Ali performing ‘Who is Watching’. Enjoy.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Sangam Playlist for Monday, 05 March, 2007

Hey folks,

Here is the playlist for today's (Monday, 05 March, 2007) Sangam show. I'll be debuting Tee-M's dance remix of Aao, Aao, Aao and also playing his tribute to James Brown. Additionally there are pieces by several new bands and singers, and desi rap!!

Because KFAI's audio archiving won't be available until the beginning of April you can only listen to this show live; 7:30-9:30 pm US Central Time [01:30-03:30 UT (GMT), 05 March, 2007].

Listen on air at 90.3 FM Minneapolis, 106.7 St. Paul

or on the 'Net at http://www.kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram

During the show you can call me on KFAI's studio line 612-341-0980.

Aao, Aao, AaoTee-MSpecial CD
MausamJoshPersonal Compilation
Hazaron khwahishen aisiJagjit SinghKalaam, Mirza Ghalib
Chuke chupke raat dinGhulam AliBest of Best Ghazals, vol. 2
Karoon na yaad magarNajma AkhtarQareeb
Zindagi shart haiTina SaniTeri Yaad
Yeh hum naheenArtists' CollectivePersonal Compilation
AnthemDNAPersonal Compilation
Ka ga jaZaaviaPersonal Compilation
RabbaNajam SherazMainu Teray Naal
G.T. RoadAbrar-ul HaqMein Gaddi Aap Chalawan Ga
Tere sar te chunni kaliShazia ManzoorChan Makhna
Piya re, piya reNusrat Fateh Ali KhanSalaam
Piya re, piya reKailash KherPersonal Compilation
PiyaFariha PervaizPiya
Thinking about James BrownTee-MSpecial CD
RaptureNadia AliPersonal Compilation
Let's dance David BowieAsian Vibes, CD-2, Soul
Mundian to bach ke Punjabi MCAsian Vibes, CD-1, Body
Mundian to bach keBohemiaPersonal Compilation
Nitin Sawhney Exclusive MixNitin SawhneyAll Mixed Up CD-2