Percussionist, producer and composer Sarathy Korwar has shared a video for ‘Coolie’, a track lifted from his recently released second album More Arriving. The track features Indian reggae/dancehall artist Delhi Sultanate and Delhi-based Punjabi rapper Prabh Deep. Speaking about the track, Korwar explained it “is based on the history of indentured Indian labourers (know as coolies) being used to replace African slaves on sugar plantations after slavery was abolished,” adding that “many rich multi-national companies like Tata and EIC made huge sums of money through this trade of people and labour.”
Following the fervent first single ‘Mumbay’, percussionist, producer and composer Sarathy Korwar has let loose ‘Bol’, a new cut from his upcoming second album More Arriving. The single features London based poet Zia Ahmed and Carnatic vocalist Aditya Prakash and comes with a video directed by David Higgs. “The video asks what it takes to integrate into British society and be considered British,” explained Korwar. “Juxtaposed on lyrics that describe the everyday racist stereotyping of South Asians, it’s an ironic look at what it means to be brown in the UK today.” Watch it below.
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.