Peace out 2011

What a year it has been! People are rising up all over the world, demanding fundamental change in their societies, practicing direct democracy, and creating alternatives to the oppressive status quo. As 2011 comes to a close I am inspired and excited about what regular, every day people have accomplished this year, from Tunisia and Egypt to Wisconsin and Wall Street.

Making music and making change go hand in hand for many of us, and I’m eager for another year of creating joyful sounds with Red Baraat and many other friends and collaborators. I have a bunch of shows coming up in January– check out the schedule here.

I’ve also done a lot of writing this past year for The Langar Hall blog where I am a regular contributor as well as a number of other outlets including the Asian American Literary Review, the Huffington Post, Left Turn, The Big Ceci, Sikh Chic, and In Front and Center: Critical Voices in the 99%, a blog I co-founded.  Here are a few of my favorites from this year:

Working for Langar Justice
The Langar Hall, 1/14/11 and at The Big Ceci

The Divisive Taboo of Halal for Sikhs
The Langar Hall, 2/22/11 and at SikhChic.com

The Death of Bin Laden & the Soul of the USA
The Langar Hall, 5/13/11

Khuli Dhari: My Journey to Beard Liberation
The Langar Hall, 8/2/11 and at SikhNet.

Healing the trauma of post-9/11 racism one story (and melody) at a time
Asian American Literary Review, 9/11/11 (order journal here) and posted online at Left Turn

Wall Street Sikhs, Corporate Tyranny, and the 99%
The Langar Hall, 10/4/11

We Are One: LGBT Rights and Guru Nanak’s Legacy of Inclusion
Huffington Post, 11/10/11

A complete list of links to my writing can be found here.  Thanks to everyone who reads these words, posts links, and engages in the conversation.  Your feedback and support is much of what keeps me writing down all the thoughts and feelings swirling around in my head and heart.

And finally, here are a couple of new videos to share with you all — one performing with hip hop artist Mandeep Sethi at Lahir: Move the Movement a few weeks back; the other performing with Arooj Aftab in this trailer for the Rebuild Pakistan series that I’m honored to be a part of.   Happy New Year, and see you soon!

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