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BMR is a program in partnership with Goethe-Institut, Wild City, Ableton and Musicboard Berlin offering unique tailor made residencies for South Asian and Berlin based artists. In 2017 BMR: Berlin sent Alien Panda Jury, FILM and Sandunes to Berlin while BMR: South Asia hosted residencies for 2 Berlin based artists in Tehran and Nepal/Sri Lanka/India.
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Its feet shuffled in the desert sands. There were bells around its hooves. When dawn broke, we caught a glimpse of its striking silhouette against the hills. An old man steered his camel cart towards unpaved muddy roads. In shifting sands, they disappeared into clusters of nomadic settlements singing tunes of lore. …
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‘Thinking About Tomorrow, And How To Build It’ is the story of the outsider. Forming the heart of this new release, by Andreas Spechtl, is Tehran. Spechtl places the city at the centre of the 10-song record, exploring questions of fear and uncertainty, of a new tomorrow. “In all places, at all times,” he sings, “the future will collide.” …
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His Kamaycha was a family heirloom. In a trail of dust, the troubadour drew his bow across the strings. His feet swayed to the rhythms of the khartal. His patrons were different. So, were their Gods. But music transcends such differences.
“It’s, probably, the most life-changing thing I’ve ever done,” Sanil Sudan tells me over the phone. He’s been back in New Delhi a week after spending the last 2 months in Berlin as part of the Border Movement Residency program.
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Independent record labels and DIY culture have made it possible for many artists across the globe to get their music to a wide section of listeners. While it may not necessarily be a profit making venture at first, there is something hugely rewarding and futuristic about the ability to nurture fresh talent without jeopordising creative freedom; a huge contrast to the former model where big record labels called the shots. There are a number of small and active record labels all over South Asia who are supporting artists and consistently releasing good music. We compiled a list of labels based in South Asia that reflect the beauty of a DIY approach.
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David Monnin talks slowly, deliberately, almost in a drawl. Like he’s carefully choosing the exact words he’s looking for from a compendium of letters. It could also, perhaps, be a result of him getting a grand total of four hours of sleep in the last two days. …
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“I am femme-queer,” says M. “That means I have chosen to reject the identity of a woman. I choose to be femme. For me, gender is not binary. I don’t just see ‘men’ and ‘women’. I see people who fall in neither category. People who have been left out by a binary gender system. I am queer because I reject patriarchy, and I am femme because I reject masculinity. This is perhaps a radical way of identifying oneself. I understand that. But we need to think of radical changes to break free of pervasive patriarchal systems prevalent around us.”