Sarathy Korwar releases ‘Bol’, second single his upcoming album, More Arriving
The second single from Sarathy Korwar’s forthcoming album ‘More Arriving’ – set to release on July 26 – ‘Bol’ features a breath-taking performance from London poet Zia Ahmed. The single, that released today, cuts to the beating heart of the record, exploring themes of being South Asian in an increasingly divided (Great?) Britain.
“It’s about wanting to find a home,” Ahmed explains. “It’s going through images and ideas of brownness and South Asian identity that have been placed on me and people who look like me, by others in the UK and also by myself. The words are trying to navigate through all of that to find a version of myself that I can call whole/home,” he adds.
It follows the ‘Mumbay’ single, which features the heady talents of MC Mawali from Mumbai’s vibrant hip-hop scene. ‘Bol’ showcases a very different side to Korwar’s incredibly nuanced album, which draws on the voices of the Indian diaspora from various viewpoints, countries and continents.
Spoken word verses blossom into Aditya Prakash’s classical Carnatic refrains in the chorus, with the tension built up and expertly released several times over it’s almost 10-minute run time. The video is based on the shorter radio edit.