I had the privilege of interviewing Iranian roots band AJAM at cargo on the 8th December 2012. There wasn’t an opportunity to feature this before christmas, with early January really busy..So here it is ;)
They talk about their latest album Raghse Mardooneh, the formation behind the group and their individual backgrounds, their performance at Cargo featuring special guests multi-instrumentalist Kaveh Sarvarian and guest singer Erfan Shaho.
They also explain their own post-modern take on the Iranian heritage bringing out a modern perspective that’s relevant/ timeless to Iranians of all ages and backgrounds. From the elders to young people alike.
The track featured on the show Bandare Landan is based on the theme of living in London and the influence that it has being Iranian in multicultural environment. The track has a percussive 4/4 rhythm throughout with call and response and conversation based lyrics engaging the listener so it feels the group are directly reaching out to you, it’s great!
Listen to the 2 part interview on the show and the track itself showcasing Ajam, respect! Click on the image for the show:
The Mistry Mix with AJAM
Jai Nitai Lotus (pronounced Thai Nee-tie), a montreal based MC/ Producer has just released his latest record titled Something You Feel on the 6th November featuring Mingus Clap, a hypnotic rhythmic track which pays homage to the late Charles Mingus, a Jazz musician. The track features a prominent vocal chant with an infectious clap groove!
In his own words, the record is an “ode to honest, experimental Hip Hop” capturing the truth one finds within any creative journey, the fear of vulnerability of exposing your weakness’ through your art and channeling into the unknown.
The story of a creative journey through different experiences, emotions and the changes of situations, ultimately love, loss & pain over time can be heard, real honesty and art. Something You Feel is Out Now! Epic.
In his own words:
“My People. My album Something You Feel is dropping today! I just wanted to say that some of you that know me know that I am all about honest creativity. When I make art I try my best to not stress what everybody else is doing and focus on my own personal voice. I was raised in a way to be analytical about life. I was taught to understand where this source of creativity comes from and to not abuse it—I try my best, but sometimes fail. It’s always a very vulnerable feeling when putting your art out there, exposing yourself. When it comes from the heart, it’s that much more so. Just know that it comes from a good place. I hope you all will enjoy it and spread the word. It only moves as far as we can take it. To everybody who was involved in this project creatively and through moral support… Thank YOU! At peace with vulnerability” ~ Jai Nitai Lotus