The multi-lingual Mumbai-based crew is known for their narrative exploring the socio-political landscape of the country. Their debut album, offering a fresh new sound and providing critical commentary about modern day Indian society, is set to drop later this year.
This rap crew stays true to its name and chooses to rap in different Indian languages like Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali and Hindi. Amongst their finest achievements stands their collaboration with Viveick Rajagopalan on the track “Ta Dhom,” which combines the elements of rap music with that of Konnakol: spoken syllables in traditional Indian music that represent rhythmic and percussive ideas.
With crew members MC Todfod, MC Mawali and MC Mayavi at the helm of experimental collaborations that push the boundaries of Indian Hip Hop to new frontiers, the crew has collaborated with artists such as Bandish Projekt, Slumgods and many more in the past. Swadesi uses the power of dialects to carry the listener across the different regions of India by merely tapping into their vernacular souls.
Swadesi released a charged anthem ‘The Warli Revolt’ in collaboration with activist and Warli tribal chieftain Prakash Bhoir. ‘The Warli Revolt’ is, as the name suggests, a clarion call of resistance and a war cry of sorts against the cutting down of trees in the Aarey forest in Mumbai. The video poignantly and ferociously warns of a revolution in the face of such widespread destruction, and calls out the rampant corruption, consumerism and hypocrisy of the government, accusing them of “fake progress”.
Fiery, unapologetic and multi-faceted artists come together to create a revolutionary soundtrack to the diverse Indian experience.