Karmacy – Transcending cultural boundaries

March 9, 2009

I am a huge fan of Flobots. I’m sure many of you remember that huge track last year Handlebars, and maybe some of you went on to buy the album. I love Flobots because they transcend genres: mixing rap, classical music and rock, spitting rhymes with political undertones.

The concept behind Karmacy isn’t an entirely dissimilar one, except that with Karmacy cultural barriers are broken down as well. While Flobots combine different elements of genres usually associated with the Western world, in order to discuss Western politics, Karmacy combine American-style rap and hip hop with traditional Hindi music.

Synth sounds, processed beats and prominent basslines are decorated with delicate sitar lines to create the platform for Karmacy to flit between English and Gujarati lyrics infused with a sense of socio-political alienation and disenchantment. I was discussing French Hip Hop the other day, specifically Keny Arkana, and one of the things talked about was how beautifully French flows in rap format. The same can be said for Gujarati. Even though I can’t understand the Gujarati sections of Karmacy‘s songs, it is oddly therapeutic to listen to the flow of the language unhindered by the meaning of the words. Try it, you’ll see what I mean:


Who For: Fans of Keny Arkana and Flobots

P.S. I wrote about Karmacy because someone suggested I do so. If anyone has any suggestions for me please feel free to leave me a comment and I will do my best to give it a mention =)


5 Responses to “Karmacy – Transcending cultural boundaries”

  1. Tim the Talbot said

    i saw flobots only 3 days ago

    good but very very samey

  2. asherwren said

    i wish i could have come! i love their album, not seen them live. where was this?

    you should check out keny arkana. she’s incredible!

  3. Lizzie M said

    LOVE Flobots too! In fact, Liam’s flatmate found out his long lost cousin is actually the lead singer, and they went to meet him after his Manchester gig t’other day- met him in Big Hands, and had a good long chat with him- apparently a v. real, down-to-earth bloke. PLUS, I like those political undertones- their videos are brilliant. 🙂 x

  4. Andrew said

    Now if you are going for transcending cultural boundaries try “Cold Hailey Rainy Night” by Chris Wood, Eliza Carthy & Martin Carthy on the Imagined Village compilation. Traditional English folk music complete with tabla drums and sitars!

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