Mishthi Music presents Beats for Bangladesh: A Benefit Album in Solidarity with the Garment Workers of Rana Plaza. Album includes an eclectic 26 tracks for a donation of $15 (or more). Donations will go directly to the Bangladeshi Center for Workers Rights, the group on the ground helping the orphans and families of the victims of the Rana Plaza collapse that claimed 1,129 lives and injured over 2,500 people, mostly women.
Download Now! BeatsForBangladesh.bandcamp.com
We are excited to say that for the next 26 days we will be profiling a different musician off of the Beats for Bangladesh compilation daily AND we have some exciting guest bloggers helping us out. Follow us close!
Over 30 Musicians Lend Their Voice to Raise Money for Garment Workers in Bangladesh
LOS ANGELES - Over 30 South Asian American musicians have come together to collaborate on Beats for Bangladesh: A Benefit Album in Solidarity with the Garment Workers of Rana Plaza. A unique partnership between the music blog Mishthi Music (www.mishthi.tumblr.com) and media production company Someplace in Brooklyn (www.someplaceinbrooklyn.com), the benefit album will donate 100% of the profits to the victims and family of the victims who died in the collapse of a garment factory in the suburbs of Bangladesh that claimed over 1,000 people, mostly women.
Interesting article about the 10 most viewed Desi hip hop videos on Desihiphop.com. Anything missing from the list that’s on your top 10?
“Awaz Ki Shakti” Power of the Voice
Undocumented & Unafraid poster
by Khushboo Gulati/ Kalisherni
“South Asian Americans make up one-sixth of the undocumented population in the United States. They become undocumented in many different ways:
Overstaying visas to stay with family
Losing their H-1B jobs
Leaving an abusive marriage with a H-1B holder
Being exploited as a domestic worker or sex trafficking
Losing their asylum cases and overstaying due to family ties here
Crossing the border through Mexico
We need to have these hard and awkward conversations within our communities. We need to ensure that the most vulnerable parts of our population get the support and services they need.”
-India Currents March 2012 Article
To read more stories by undocumented South Asian folks, visit http://southasiandiaspora.tumblr.com/
been thinking about what it means for me to make solidarity art, especially art related to immigration with regards to my desiness, queerness, family immigration story, class, citizenship.
also been thinking about the butterfly symbol—-the pain behind immigration, the violence in the immigration process & in this country, colonialism, imperialism, racism/all the -isms/phobias, patriarchy & capitalism
things are funky and complicated
trying to be intentional and careful
TAPE DECK PROPHETS….Rock!!
I’m totally convinced that Brooklyn Shanti is the hardest working man in the world. Every time I’m looking for a musical pick-me-up lately I find another great sound and collaboration. This time he and vocalist Sierra Carrère become Tape Deck Prophets. Check out their album here.
I’m so bummed I missed Brooklyn Shanti perform on a recent trip to LA but am hoping that he’ll make another trip to Cali soon.
The Donkey’s Jessie Gulati breaks out his sitar for this great track— East Cost Raga— on the The Donkey’s lalbum Born With Stripes. Jessie is a So Cal native and he talks about his love and learning the sitar in this City San Diego article. Check them out.
East Coast Raga - The Donkeys (by Tim DeNardo)
Dreams do come true…..
So as the story goes, British desi Sonna Rele, was doing Music Monday covers on her Facebook page and caught the ear of Ne-Yo who called her manager and then got her signed to a 5 year deal with Universal Motown. WOW! Sonna’s parents and grandmother are all musicians and in the video she’s jamming with her Mum.
We should be hearing more from Sonna soon.
Here’s a more recent video from her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=10151409933686716
Sonna Jamming with mum (by SonnaMusic)
BANGLA BASS = LOVE.
I’m thankful for many things in 2012 including this blog and in particular that my Mishthis introduced me to Brooklyn Shanti (thanks @TazzyStar). I instantly fell in love with his track Rani Rani that still appears on most of my playlists and can often be heard on repeat in my home. Then I loved each of his tracks on his October release #Poppington and now… BANGLA BASS. Love. This Dewarist created collaboration between Brooklyn Shanti, Dublin based vocalist Mou Sultana and beat producer Nucleya is awesome. I hope we’ll hear more from each of these artists individually and collectively in 2013.
p.s. Dewarist put together a 40-minute episode including artist interviews and a behind the scene story of how Bangla Bass was created. It’s pretty interesting. Check it out here.
It’s finally here. So Cal’s own Punjabi emcee Baagi dropped his album Baggi di Vaari on Friday and you can download it for free here. I love that Baagi plots his rebellion through his easy flowing Punjabi verses. I so wish I could speak Punjabi with the ease that Baagi does.
Baagi Media Presents: 22G Anthem [HD] (Produced and Directed by Manmeet Singh) (by BaagiMedia)