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DJ Rekha Presents: The Kominas Bobby Friction, DJ Rekha + DJ Haram
Aug 21, 2015 @ 11:00 pm - Aug 22, 2015 @ 2:00 am| $12
Sponsored by SUNDAYS/cool, an intimate concert series featuring musicians from Muslim-ish backgrounds (only semi-seriously known as “Mipsterz”).
“Sound: Vintage-style punk mixed in with surf, psychedelia and classic South-Asian and Middle-Eastern rock.
Why You Should Care: The Kominas exist in part to challenge people’s underlying assumptions about what “punk,” “indie” or any of these descriptors mean. Some consider them leaders of so-called Tacqwacore punk movement, but labels like that don’t get at the variety in their music.These four South Asian-American, mostly Muslim men specialize in punchy, riff-heavy rock and their lyrics address the experiences of people of color and Muslims in America. (They say at least one group member is on a government watch list.) They also grapple with racist rock fans, a tokenizing music press and an underground that seems uninterested in politically aware groups of color.
The quartet’s latest album, “Stereotype,” is a raucous collection of 10 songs about Islamophobia, racism, American paranoia, non-representation, and—like all great rock bands—fun times with friends. It’s a mix of staticky guitars, subtly intricate bass lines and bombastic drums that reinvent garage rock as something ripe for experimentation and reclamation by artists of color.”
Bobby Friction is world renowned for his specialist knowledge of British Asian Music & South Asian music from the Indian / Pakistani Sub-continent. As a DJ for nearly the last 20 years he’s preached the Desi Music gospel across the continents. Over the years Bobby has represented the British Asian sound as a DJ all over the world and has built an international reputation as a genre mixing musician, from Asia to the US, and from the Middle East to the whole of Europe. His gigs have included headlining his own outdoor New Year’s Eve gig in Bangalore to ten thousand people, playing for Womad in the UK & Singapore, The World Music Festival in Chicago, The Burningman Festival in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada as well as regular gigs in San Francisco & L.A
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY, 11211