London based, American born and Indian bred percussionist, producer and composer Sarathy Korwar is set to release his second album this summer. Entitled More Arriving, the album was recorded in India and the UK over the course of two and a half years and saw Korwar enlist a cast of South Asian artists, including rappers MC Mawali, Prabh Deep and Delhi Sultanate, and spoken word artists Zia Ahmed and Deepak Unnikrishnan. More Arriving, as the press release describes, is “an honest reflection of Korwar’s experience of being an Indian in a divided Britain.” He explains:
“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. 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.”
Korwar also explained the title of the record:
“More Arriving comes from the scaremongering around Brexit. It’s a tongue-in-cheek play on the fact that there are more people coming and you’ll have to deal with it!
I want the idea of brown pride to come through. My voice is one amongst a thousand, but this record is a snapshot of something much greater than myself. It’s the chance to send a message.”
More Arriving will see the light of day on July 26th through The Leaf Label but we can already hear what he´ll be throwing at us with the fervent first single ‘Mumbay’, featuring Mumbai rapper MC Mawali and merging psychedelia, jazz and hip-hop. It comes with a video directed by Harshbir Singh Phull. Take a look now.