South Asian punks The Kominas, sufi mystic rockers Sarmust, and me, Situationist B-Boy Propaganda Anonymous are embarking on a three-week tour along the I-80 interstate. They plan to raze venues through New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Utah, Nevada, California, Texas, Lousiana, up through to Atlanta,Virginia, DC, and finally to New York and New England.
The Kominas have been profiled in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Newsweek, and Maximum Rock N Roll, garnering praise for "giving disenfranchised young Muslims a voice.
The Kominas were formed in the summer of 2005, and have released two 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. The group is known for providing quick blasts of bhangra infused hardcore and rap.
Sarmust is a twisted splicing of anarchist sufism and indie-punk, masterminded by award winning sitar player Omar Waqar. His take on sufism is unapologetic - the name Sarmust is taken from a famour Sindhi saint whose condemnations of the clergy lead to his decapitation.
The Muslim punk movement gained early inspiration from Michael Muhammad Knight's first book, The Taqwacores. Since that time, bands like the Kominas and Sarmust have been carrying the torch beautifully and shining light upon a new cultural innovation of blending Islam and punk rock. (Kim Badawi has recently published his photo book The Taqwacores: Muslim Punk in the U.S.A about this new movement.)
I am grateful for the opportunity to tour with such an interesting group of individuals and have posted the tour dates on my website Propanon.com.
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