Vishwas R. Gaitonde

Shrinagar Francis

Ben Gazur

Is a song still a song if no one hears it? I’m not talking about the thousands of tracks on Spotify which have never been listened to, but about those songs which have offended someone with the power to ban them. Censorship is always about weakness – silencing someone tells the world that you are terrified of what they have to say. Moddi, a Norwegian folk singer, is doing his part in getting these powerful, silenced, songs back out to the world by re-recording them.

Omar Baig
Vishwas R. Gaitonde
Vishwas R. Gaitonde

Dami Ajayi

Fela: Kalakuta Notes (Second Edition)
by John Collins
Wesleyan University Press (2015), 326 pages


Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, arguably Africa’s greatest musician, has a place in the pantheon of African thought leaders of the 20th century, along with the likes of Frantz Fanon, Marcus Garvey and Nelson Mandela. Eighteen years after his death, his life continues to be a focus of intellectual discussion, his music remains an edifying staple, and every few years a new book about his life surfaces.

Laura Scheriau

In the fourth edition of The Beat, our series of interviews with musicians, meet Pablo Sirvand, an up and coming Mexican singer-songwriter. 

Opening the interview, and to get an idea of his music taste, I asked Pablo to open his digital music library, turn on shuffle and tell me the first three songs that appeared. The first song that came up was “Intentions” by The Whitest Boy Alive. Next was “We Take Care of Our Own” by Bruce Springsteen, followed by “The Dance” by Garth Brooks.

And on that note...

Christian Niedan
Laura Scheriau

Meet Cameron Bury, Nick Palmer, Brendan Sheargold, Mitch Grace, and Tim Byles. Together, they are Far Away Stables, an Australian band with a smooth blend of modern rock styles with a few jagged edges.