Anglo-Indian musician Sarathy Korwar: 'There's no singular brown voice'

Sarathy Korwar likes to define himself as an “outsider”. Outside popular music, outside the British Asian experience, outside Indian culture. The percussionist and producer blends Indian classical orchestration with free-jazz improvisation and, now, hip-hop.

“I went from being in a position of privilege in India, growing up middle-class and upper-caste, to moving to London a decade ago and seeing myself as a minority for the first time,” he says in his recording studio in Kilburn – a soundproofed shed formerly owned by the folk guitarist Bert Jansch.

“In 2016, I put my first album out on Ninja Tune and suddenly there was all this interest from kids in India who follow labels here. We got to headline festivals in India that we had no right to be headlining,” he says, laughing. “We hadn’t paid our dues yet; it was purely because people still have this image of the west being superior.”

Read the interview in the Guardian.

[This piece was published on 25/07/19]