Baba Yaga's Hut Presents:
September 25th - Moth Club
Sarathy Korwar - More Arriving
+ Ms Mohammed & Ahadadream (DJ)
£13 / 7:30
We live in divisive times. Multiculturalism rises hand-in-hand with racial tensions, and politicians seem powerless to even bring
people within earshot of their convoluted message. It’s time for a different perspective.
On his second studio album, More Arriving Sarathy Korwar
blasts out his own vibrant, pluralistic missive for the world to hear.
This is not necessarily a record of unity; it’s an honest reflection of Korwar’s experience of being an Indian in a divided Britain.
Incorporating rappers from Mumbai and New Delhi with spoken word and his own Indian classical and jazz instrumentation, this
is a record born of confrontation; one for our confrontational times.
With this album, Korwar expands his politicised narrative to envelop the entire diaspora. “This is a modern brown record. The
kind of record that a contemporary Indian living in the UK for the past 10 years would make,” Korwar says. “This is what Indian
music sounds like to me right now, and that means incorporating multiple brown voices. If anyone has a problem with that, they
should be questioning what they think Indian music should be.”
More Arriving is a spellbinding concoction of Korwar’s undulating percussion with, among others,The Comet Is Coming’s Danalogue
on synths, Tamar Osborn’s baritone sax, Indo-jazz specialist Al MacSween, and – crucially – the voices of the brown
diaspora. Recorded over two and a half years in India and the UK, the album draws on the nascent rap scenes of Mumbai and
New Delhi, which Korwar became fascinated with while travelling in India in 2016, and features many of its most exciting artists.
Lead single ‘Mumbay’ features Bombay-born MC Mawali
punning on the politicised associations of the colonial term Bombay or the Indian nationalist Mumbai when referencing his hometown. Mawali applies classical Carnatic rhythms to his Hindi/Marathi
flow, dancing effortlessly over Osborn and Korwar’s coruscating rhythms.
‘Coolie’ features Punjabi MC Prabh Deep alongside Jamaican-Indian rapper Delhi Sultanate, who raps in patois to relate the story of indentured Indian labourers, used as a new form of slavery to work British plantations in Jamaica, bringing the cannabis seed with them in the process. London-based poet Zia Ahmed
features on the droll ‘Mango’ and album centrepiece ‘Bol’, while author Deepak Unnikrishnan unpacks the dialectic term for immigrant on the album’s defining text, 'Pravasis’.
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