Sarathy Korwar follows last year’s politically charged and critically-lauded More Arriving album with the ‘Birthright’ single. It expands on the themes of South Asian identity explored on that record, and features another brilliant, cutting turn from London-based poet Zia Ahmed over a driving, hypnotic rhythm. His dark, provocative sense of humour shone through on album tracks ‘Bol’ and ‘Mango’, and has been a focal point for Korwar’s recent live shows.
“‘Birthright’ talks of the absurdity of lines drawn in the ground that define us,” Korwar expands. “Do we belong in our homeland? Where will we be seen as ourselves? It also draws attention to the climate crisis and how race, class, faith and caste play into the equation of who will drown first.”
Korwar’s biggest London headline show yet (at Village Underground on May 12) will include appearances from vocalists that featured on More Arriving, plus other special guests. Korwar will also appear at The Great Escape, Green Man, End Of The Road and Gilles Peterson’s We Out Here this summer.