Raja Kumari – HBIC (Ganges Flow Music / Godmother Records)
Grammy-nominated Indian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, and dancer Raja Kumari is a fearless, charismatic personality and natural-born storyteller whose mission is to create art that blends her Indian roots with her American upbringing. Her music is a sonic bridge between East and West that fuses the rhythms she absorbed as a trained classical Indian dancer with her love for hip-hop. Raja’s new EP HBIC (Head Bitch in Charge) is a collection of disruptive rap records. HBIC, the title and focus track of the EP, is an anthem for the fearless and confident independent woman. Listen to HBIC out everywhere now.
Mogli – Ravage (Mogli)
Multi-disciplined singer, songwriter, filmmaker, sustainability advocate, and one-woman tour de force Mogli has released Ravage. Ravage is an ethereal indie-pop album and epic companion film that shares a cathartic journey of self-discovery and healing. The breathtaking film displays an illuminating dystopian to utopian transformation brought to life through a cast of characters named after each emotion encountered along the journey. Says Mogli, “I have learned that it is very rewarding and can make you happy if you can be brave enough to be vulnerable. We are lacking empathy in the world and vulnerability is a way toward more empathy. If you can share how you feel, it gives people a chance to understand you.”
Obongjayar – Some Nights I Dream of Doors (September Recordings)
Nigerian-born, London-based musician Obongjayar first surfaced on SoundCloud in 2016. Since then, it’s been clear that Steven Umoh, the man behind the moniker, possesses a completely unique talent. With afrobeats, soul, and hip-hop influences, Obongjayar has created a bold, genre-defiant musicality. His debut album Some Nights I Dream of Doors deftly moves through diverse sounds and subcultures while navigating a wealth of personal and political topics. In OB’s exploration of everything from familial expectations to self-seeking politicians; there’s a boldness and confidence to every track.