This Thanksgiving I Give Thanks For…

…a purple octopus in a turban swimming to the sounds of King Khan and the BBQ Show (and for bands that keep putting out music after alleged band break-ups).

Invisible Girl – The King Khan and BBQ show from David Leclerc on Vimeo.

… a sunshine-y hook by the controversial M.I.A. and contagiously happy Rye Rye.

… “baagi music”, even though I’m not quite sure what Humble the Poet means when he sings that hook. I’m still singing along anyways. And downloading his album “00.03″.

… an instructional video that teaches me how to wrap a sari for realz “wrapped” by Rasika. Also gonna download her album.

… a bunch of Kominas that I’d let eat my halal leftovers in my refrigerator any day.

… a rainbow of beautiful faces that Narcicyst pulled for this breathless song.

The Narcicyst + Shadia Mansour “Hamdulillah” by RidzDesign from Ridwan Adhami on Vimeo.

… a dance party in my living room, courtesy of Girl Talk’s latest mashup All Day free album. Desi connection? He samples M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, and White Town. What, too much of a stretch? Deal with it. The album is that good.

Have a great long weekend everyone. Now you have the music you need for your very Desi Thanksgiving Day. Bring on the turkey curry!

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12 thoughts on “This Thanksgiving I Give Thanks For…

  1. Let’s also give thanks to the constant effort by those select few that strive to educate people what exactly Thanksgiving was, and wasn’t.. and It wasn’t a big dinner the “settlers” and the “Indians” had because they just liked each other.

  2. “Baagi” means to be a rebel.

    Basically that guy is a supporter of the creation of “Khalistan” a seperate Sikh country and thus all the anti-Indian lyrics in that song. I think that tattoo he was getting on his neck is a map of “Khalistan.” It is a phase that a lot of young hardcore Sikhs go through but they eventually grow out of it.

    • You are correct that Baagi means Rebel/Sovereign.

      You are incorrect that Humble is looking to promote Khalistan via this song/video. Not every song about Panjab immediately is a promotion of Khalistan. The tattoo he is getting on his neck is a picture of undivided Panjab (once again, very different than Khalistan).

    • No, it’s not Khalistan that he’s tattooing–I think it’s a map of pre-partition Punjab. I didn’t think of the song as anti-India.It seemed more pro-Punjabi unity. You know–”forget the India-Pakistan divide…we’re Punjabi on both sides” kind of thing.

  3. Loved all the video posts, just wondering if you ever got it the Brooklyn rap band DAS RACIST,

  4. I have a list – I am thankful for all of the following, for instilling fear of GOD into chest-thumping slogan shouters, for inculcating spirituality in Af-Pak region and for promoting peace.

    1. Predator Drones
    2. A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II
    3. AC-130H/U Gunship
    4. B-1B Lancer
    5. B-2 Spirit
    6. B-52 Stratofortress
    7. F-14 Tomcat
    8. F-15 Eagle
    9. F-15E Strike Eagle
    10. F-16 Fighting Falcon
    11. F/A-18 Hornet
    12. F-117 Nighthawk
    13. AV-8B Harrier
    14. UH-60 Black Hawk
    15. MH-53J/M Pave Low
    16. AH-64 Apache
    17. AH-1W Super Cobra Helicopter
    18. OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
  5. nah… if you ever meet humble and sit and talk with him, he’s not about that… I think (humble as a person with thoughts) he critiques the idea of nation-states in general which even Tagore was a critic of and resonates with an activist group “No One Is Illegal (… he’s a good artist with constructive, politically critical and positive things … lyrically he keeps it 100… I use to hate on him too, but gotta give respect where its due… I really and truly hope he’s able to reach a much larger audience so I can catch him on the radio sometimes… stay blessed….

  6. Sweet videos, I like the humble the poet one, hes truly a poet and inspiration. By the way I think Baagi means Rebel in Punjabi.