YellowBuzz and HzCollective Present: Taqwacore Fusion in Charlottesville 8/12

Taqwacore Fusion
feat. The Kominas + Sarmust + Prop Anon + Oblisk + Jdavyd Williams and the Basement Bhaktis

presented by HzCollective + Yellowbuzz
Wednesday 8/12/2009
Doors @ 7:30pm | Show @ 8pm
The Bridge PAI [thebridgepai.com]
209 Monticello RD, Charlottesville, VA. 22902
Suggested Donation

South Asian Punks THE KOMINAS (Boston) and SARMUST (DC) are embarking west on a three week tour to bring decimation along the I-80 interstate. Also joining them will be Prop Anon, whose undefeated free styles occupy a grey area between rap, and punk rock. They plan to raze venues through New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Utah, Nevada, California, Texas, Misissippi, up through to Virginia, Philly, and finally to New York and New England. These will be the first performances west of Chicago - concerts that have been highly anticipated since the last tour in 2007 was profiled in the Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and Maximum Rock N Roll. Garnering praise from media has been easy for the groups, who were quickly lauded for "giving disenfranchised young Muslims a voice" (The Guardian, UK), though such press is misleading. For these hooligans, the only intention is to destroy. This is not your grandfather's 1977, or your crusty uncle's 1982. These groups are here to tell you what time it is, whether they have to bum rush the show - or not.

The Kominas were formed in the summer of 2005, and have released 2 demos and one full length since, titled Wild Nights in Guantanamo Bay - which made a Boston Globe top ten list in 2008 by reviewer Siddartha Mitter. Smoked with acrid sarcasm on tracks such as Sharia Law in the USA, Suicide Bomb the Gap, and Wal Qaeda Superstore - conservative blogs quickly labled them a 'Jihadi rap group'. This is inacurate because the Kominas unload ammunition much faster than any Taliban. Like an unmanned predator drone, the group is known for providing quick blasts of bhangra infused hardcore and rap to incur maximum colateral damage. Since 2005, the band has performed with legends such as 45Grave (LA), The Genders (Tel Aviv), Riz MC (London) and M-Team (NYC).

Sarmust is a twisted splicing of anarchist sufism and indie-punk, masterminded by award winning sitar player Omar Waqar. A longtime stalwart of the DC hardcore scene, his music has become the bridge between dischord and simple harmony. The band Omar took on tour with him in 2007, Diacritical, was recorded and co-produced by Don Z at inner ear studios, where legendary records by Bad Brains, Q and Not U and Fugazi were cut. Determined to disembowel Ravi Shankar with a chipped cooking spoon, Omar Waqar's take on sufism is unapologetic - the name Sarmust is taken from a famous Sindhi saint whose condemnations of the clergy lead to his decapitation. Waqar has taken Sarmust's death on like a debt that needs to be paid in blood, and probably his own.

Propaganda Anonymous (Prop Anon) is a Situationist art experiment embodied as a B-Boy philosopher and media theorist submerged within the underground Hip-Hop scene of NYC. Rocking spots harder than semtex since 2002, Prop Anon released his first EP 'Todo Corazon' to underground acclaim. This EP is currently available for free download on his website Propanon.com. Prop is releasing his first full-length album "Squat the Condos" this summer, and is pushing the envelope of sound into a fresh genre of Hip-Hop and Post Punk. Prop also writers a column about "Hip-Hop, Punk Rock and Consciousness" for the widely read webzine Realitysandwich.com.

Band Sites:
The Kominas (Boston): http://myspace.com/thekominas
Sarmust (DC): http://myspace.com/sarmust | http://suchrecords.com
Prop Anons (New York): http://www.myspace.com/propagandaanonymous
Oblisk (Detroit): http://www.myspace.com/oblisk
Jdavyd Williams and the Basement Bhaktis (Charlottesville): http://jdavydwilliams.com/live/ | http://www.myspace.com/jdavydwilliams

Related Media:
Kominas, Sarmust on Current TV: http://current.com/items/90212670_the-kominas-taqwa-core-and-south-asian-punk.htm
Kominas, Sarmast/Such Records on MS NBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/30965845#30965845
The Taqwacores, The Kominas, and Mike Knight on NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=107010536

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=102442527297

This event is presented by YellowBuzz and HzCollective.

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