Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sangam playlist for March 29, 2008

Here is the playlist for the 29 March, 2008, Sangam program.

You can listen to the live audiostream here:

The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time (24:00 UTC), 29 March, here:

I'll be interviewing the award-winning mystery writer Sujata Massey in the second hour of the show: More information is available here:

Also, note that the KFAI pledge drive will start next week. Please contribute to keeping KFAI and Sangam on the air.

My next program will be on April 5 during the pledge drive. Please call me during the show on the studio line at 612-341-0980 and make a donation pledge.


Track TitleArtistAlbumTrack No.
Tujhe pyar karte karteNaheed AkhtarMemories 2, Agar Tum Mil Jao3
Tujhe apne dil se mainAhmed RushdiYaaden3
Zindagi shart haiTina SaniTeri Yaad8
Chal rein deSajjad AliChal Rein De1
Faithless loveNajma AkhtarAtish7
Main na manoon haarAwazShola - Jadoo Ka Chiragh5
HaniyanShazia ManzoorIshq Sohna6
Wan kutiaAbrar ul HaqMein Gaddi Aap Chalwan Ga6
Dil na lageyFaakhirAatish5
Na asey shehzadeShehzad RoyRab Janey8
NindiyaEvolutionShake Your Body4
Track 1Shahzad HameedSongs from the Nowhere Land1
Dam mast qalandarNusrat Fateh Ali KhanRough Guide to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan8
Mustt musttBrooklyn Qawwali PartyBQP1
Nit khair manganNusrat Fateh Ali KhanTop Hits of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan3
Flight IC 408State of BengalVisual Audio1
SunLoop GuruAmrita7
PD7Anoushka Shankar, Karsh KaleBreathing Under Water6
Temple gatesJames Asher, Jon CrosseTigers of the Remix10

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sujata Massey on Sangam, March 29, 2008

I'll be interviewing the award-winning mystery writer Sujata Massey on Sangam on March 29, 2008.

We will talk about her about-to-be released novel "Shimura Trouble", emigration, diasporas, and the breaking and making of connections across generations. Sujata will share her own experience of mixed heritage and give some ideas about what parents can do to help their children feel good about their heritage without pestering them.

Sujata will also give you a sneak peak at her next novel wich will be of close interest to many of you. And - we will play some of Sujata's favorite music!

Please note also that a book signing/talk for "Shimura Trouble" will be held at 7 pm, Wednesday April 16, at Once Upon a Crime, 604 W. 26th at Lyndale. You can sign up for information about Sujata's mystery novels here:

Join Sujata and me for a stimulating conversation on March 29 on Sangam.

Sangam is aired on Saturdays on KFAI, 90.3 FM in Minneapolis, 106.7 FM in St. Paul, from 5:00-7:00 pm Central Time (2400-0200 UTC). You can listen to it live at:

You can listen to a recorded version of the broadcast with Sujata Massey, after the show, here:

Fawzia's music videos

Here is a set of music videos that Fawzia Afzal-Khan produced in Pakistan last year.

The multi-talented Fawzia also teaches, is a well-regarded writer and speaker on political/activist issues, and is a performance artist with several shows presented in the US and abroad. Some of her work is quite edgy and intended to disturb the status quo.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sangam playlist for March 15, 2008

Here is the Sangam playlist for today, March 15, 2008.

We will have a special guest today. Tee-M will talk about his music and we will a play a few tracks from his CD "Earthiotic". How did he come up with that name?

You can listen to the live audiostream here: from 5:00-7:00 pm Central Time (22:00-24:00 UTC). Or tune in to 90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 FM in St. Paul.

The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time (24:00 UTC), 15 March, here:

Call me during the show on the studio line at 612-341-0980.

I will be on the air next on March 29 when I fill in for another host. And, we will have mystery guest. Be sure to tune in for intriguing interview and a related local event.


Track TitleArtistAlbumTrack No.
Bana ke mera nashaimanSaleem RazaBest of Saleem Raza2
Tez hui dil ki dharkanRoona LailaBest of Roona Laila14
Aap ki nazron ne samjhaBally SagooThe Rough Guide to Indian Lounge5
Yeh nahinKiran AhluwaliaKiran Ahluwalia2
Tadbeer se bugri hui taqdeerGeeta DuttStreets of Bollywood and Beyond2
Bar bar dekhoSaleem JavedA Tribute to Muhammad Rafi8
AagNazia HassanBest of Nazia Hassan, Album 25
Dil nai lagdaAman HayerThe Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance4
PatloAbrar ul HaqNaraa Sada Ishq Aey6
KhwaabNiraj ChagThe Rough Guide to Indian Lounge7
Kabhi kabhiRageDeewana9
GulabiEvolutionShake Your Body2
Aao, aao, aaoTee-MEarthiotic7
Thinkin' 'bout James BrownTee-MSampler2
Saman hay yeh mustanaJawad AhmadUcchayan Majajan Vaali10
Wanjhi waleriaRabi PirzadaMujhay Ishq hai4
Hari om hariTS Soundz (Chicago Mix)Kick Back 27
Anoushka ShankarBreathing Under Water2
SayanjiUstad Sultan Khan & Joe ClausellRare Elements7
LamentEarthtribeStar Rise8

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Khuda Kay Liye

Had a chance to watch Khuda Kay Liye tonight at a screening conducted by the local PSA. You may recall that I have played several songs from this film on Sangam. There was a discussion after the movie on the questions and issues raised by it (basically issues of "Muslimness", culture, and identity) but sadly I didn’t have time to stay for it (other duties called).

This is more of a reaction to the film rather than a proper review but I thought I would share it with you in case you were interested. Information about the movie can be found on its official site:

The story is enjoyable though no novel themes are explored. Some parts were insufficiently motivated, for instance no convincing context was provided for why one of the main characters (Sarmad, the younger brother) had a resurgence of religiosity. That also highlights an issue with the pacing of the film. It did not allow sufficient time to develop a theme or a certain scene and yet seemed to drag on. Perhaps it would have been better to explore fewer ideas; though I suspect that a more expert director and editor probably could have packed things together more effectively.

The acting is rather mediocre; quite amateurish from some of the actors. You have seen better on TV dramas. Some of that could have been due to the script where both phrasing and the switch between Urdu and English for some of the lines seems quite forced. The language used by the older brother when speaking to his younger brother sounded like Bollywoodese Hindi rather than what one would expect given their family backgrounds. Finally, some ends were left dangling at the conclusion of the movie. What happened to some of the supporting characters? It is within the prerogative of the storywriter and director not to account for those but, still, it felt a little awkward.

Some portions of the film did move me but I suspect that was because they triggered emotions associated with specific elements of my cultural and religious background rather than eliciting universal human reactions due to the excellence of film craft. Someone walking into the movie with a different background could be left totally unmoved.

All in all, I enjoyed the movie and would suggest that you watch it but modulate your expectations appropriately. It is neither a Hollywood blockbuster nor Masterpiece Theater. Good effort. It is nice that Shoaib Mansoor made the film and that there is interest in developing Pakistani cinema into something artistic and professional. However this movie is definitely a product at the beginning of that process and quite a bit of work remains to be done before something competitive strictly on film-making merit is produced.

Some of the music from the movie, though, is very nice and I’ll play certain tracks again on Sangam. Stay tuned.

It is interesting that Pakistani music is highly competitive globally. Some of the music videos, even, compete every effectively with the best productions from other countries. Pakistani film though has a ways to go. I think if the number of productions increases and more new directors, actors, and producers get involved, film quality will improve quickly.