Exclusive Stream: Saptaâ€™s New Electro/Folk/Rap Song â€˜Deenâ€™ ft. Sofia Ashraf
The Chennai-based electronic act ties up with the â€œKodaikanal Wonâ€™tâ€ rapper in a new world-music-leaning track
Remember the fiery rapper Sofia Ashraf who called out Unileverâ€™s toxic pollution with her protest song â€œKodaikanal Wonâ€™tâ€? While her rap petition exposed consumer goods MNC Unileverâ€™s role in poisoning the lake and forest in the hill station of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, with mercury, the Mumbai-based rapper makes her latest appearance on a collaborative track which addresses her â€œtryst with organized religion,â€ a theme that she is known to approach with equal fervor.
â€œDeenâ€ is the first single by Chennai electronica act Sapta since the release of their last album Intimate Comfort Unit in July this year. The synth-laden composition is ornamented with Middle-Eastern melodies by violinist Shravan Sridhar and also features the Islamic hymn â€œTala Al Badru Alayna,â€ which is usually sung to welcome Prophet Mohammed into homes, sung by Mumbai-based singer Maalavika â€˜Maliâ€™ Manoj [who has previously collaborated with Sapta on Intimate Comfort Unit.]
Sapta producer Marti Bharath says, â€œSince Iâ€™m not coming out with any albums in the next year or so, I thought Iâ€™d collaborate with more people and bring out singles. Iâ€™m working on a track with Josh Fernandez [vocalist of Chennai-based rock band F16s] and also planning on working with some artists from Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi.â€
Explaining the juxtaposition of the Islamic chorus and her own verse, Ashraf says, â€œReligion is beautiful when you welcome it into your home — it gives you peace and hope. But once you start forcing your beliefs down someoneâ€™s throat, itâ€™s no longer beautiful, it turns bitter. My rap touches upon the not-so-beautiful side of religion.â€
Listen to â€œDeenâ€ below.