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“The popular rappers in Bollywood just talk about girls and booze and parties, they are only talking about glamour and trying to sell a fake dream. I wanted to make music that spoke about fighting, and the murders and the violence that were a part of my life growing up – and is the same for millions of others living in ghettoes across India.” 

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browntown ep 1: Anik Khan

“You see where I come from?”

Rapper and musician Anik Khan was born in Dhaka and grew up in Queens, New York. He raps about being Muslim, an immigrant, and his father, who was a freedom fighter in Bangladesh before they moved to the US. Last month his single “Too Late Now” reached the top of the stack of Spotify’s Top Viral Hits.

In browntown’s first episode, Anik talks about the neighborhood he grew up in, his favorite Bollywood actress Kajol, and his music.

browntown is a video series project from Kajal Media that aims to collect stories from the global South Asian diaspora

One of our fave Desi Chix out of Canada just dropped the most amazing beats. Using recognizable Bollywood classics as her back tracks, horsepowar delivers strong fun raps on this five track EP Bollywoes. If you need to just listen to one, listen to Queen - it’s the most bangin’ on the whole thing. This is DEF on repeat for the rest of this month.

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D’Lo

D’Lo is a transgender, American-Tamil-Sri Lankan, self-made artist. He is a comedian, performer, writer, music producer, spoken word artist and political activist. He has collaborated with various community organizations such as: Arpana Dance Company based in Southern California, South Asian Artist Collective (SAART), SATAM, Satrang and TeAda Productions. He is a current advisory committee member for Satrang, a South Asian LGBTQIA organization located in Southern California.
Additionally, D’Lo has performed at and facilitated writing workshops extensively across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Sri Lanka and India, having created Coming Out, Coming Home—a writing workshop series that has taken place with South Asian and immigrant queer organizations across the United States. D’Lo’s work has been published in various anthologies and academic journals, such as “Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asia America.”