My Someplace Called Brooklyn visual collaborator, Rod Morata, sent me a birthday surprise this morning. Here’s the video for a piece entitled “33 1/3″ – the rotations per minute on standard record players. More soon on the meaning behind the song. For now, here’s the video. It’s kinda heavy, but I guess this year: It’s my birthday song…!Read More
What Edward Said, part of the 6 year anniversary celebration for Dutty Artz: 6 Years Deep!
What Edward Said, the first installment in the Dutty Artz 6 Years Deep anniversary series, connects the dots between Middle Eastern, African, and Asian cultures, concepts much written about by the late scholar Edward Sa’id. Mixed by Ushka and Brooklyn Shanti, it begins with Thai sarama music, weaves in Bollywood and bhangra then migrates west to Palestinian hip hop and Egypt’s underground youth electro-shaabi and mahraganat scene. Ushka, a deejay of Sri Lankan origin raised in Thailand, alongside Brooklyn Shanti, a Bengali-American music producer, pulled from the soundscapes of their own backgrounds to formulate a mix which creates context around the apex of their playlist – the original production and adaptation of “Hanuma Vanama” (recital of the monkey). The result is a Lankan and Bengali fusion take on folkloric dance music.
Intro – Wai Khru Ram Muay ไหว้ครูรำมวย
Dard E Disco Moombahton Bootleg
Been Around the World- DAM
Chole Ke Peeche interlude
احا الشبشب ضاع – Amr Haha
Chole Ke Peeche (DJ Alarm Edit) – Alka Yagnik
9th wonder (Ushka x Brooklyn Shanti blend) – Digable Planets
Hanuma Vannama – Ushka x Brooklyn Shanti
Al Wesda Al Khlya (feat. Ortega) – OKA
Mashalah – Sajid-Wajid
Peeniya (feat. Anjuman Hussainpuri) – DJs Inc
It’s my honor to announce that this Saturday morning at 10 AM I will be speaking on a panel for WFMU’s Radiovision 2013 conference. Moderated by Elena Roslogova, we will be having a nice discussion about digital media, music, publishing and the overall implications involved in new model music distribution and dissemination. The event will take place at the Scholastic Theater in SoHo and the day will be packed with talks and discussions which any/all digital media futurists are bound to be extremely excited by. Yay! Hope to see you there!Read More
There’s a lot of new music inspiring me at the moment. Here’s a mood board of sounds I’ve been putting together, specifically with frequent trips between New Delhi and New York in mind. Free download. Enjoy!Read More
Catch Brooklyn Shanti alongside Dutty Artz crew members Atropolis and Chief Boima this Sunday September 15th at the World Up x Dub-Stuy Records back to school block party in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. The event runs from noon to 6PM and has a celebrity guest line-up. Event details can be found on Facebook here.Read More
Brooklyn Shanti collaborates with L.A.-based Subsuelo crew for their debut video release, “El Viejo Boombap”. Shot, directed and edited by Brooklyn Shanti, this is a true collaborative piece carried out 100% by the musicians involved in Subsuelo’s movement.
Coverage at: Remezcla, Red Bull Panamerika, Culture Remixed