18MillionRising presents Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVote Album - a compilation album featuring 32 politically empowering tracks by an eclectic mix of Asian American musicians. Given the current political climate of anti-immigrant rhetoric and increased racial tension, turning out to vote as an AAPI community this November 8th is more important than ever. At 18MillionRising, we believe that music can shift hearts and minds, and with the release of the Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVote Album, we believe music can activate Asian America to the polls.
This album was created in partnership with the Asian North Americans music curation platform TRAKTIVIST (traktivist.com
); with Kollaboration (www.kollaboration.org
) who supports APIs in arts and entertainment by showcasing and connecting creative talents; with the oldest currently running Asian American open mic space Tuesday Night Project (tuesdaynightproject.org
); and the South Asian diaspora music and online mixtape site Mishthi Music (mishthimusic.com
). All proceeds earned from the album will be donated to 18MillionRising (18MillionRising.org
), an organization promoting AAPI civic engagement, influence, and movement by leveraging the power of technology and social media.
Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih
From darkness to light
From death, mortality, to living eternal life
From isolation, to liberation
From ignorance, a darkness, to finally seeing the light
from Voices Of Our Vote: #MYAAPIVote Album
released September 6, 2016
lyrics drawn from the shanti mantra (peace chant) "Asatoma sadgamaya" in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishads
Awaaz Do is Saraswathi Jones (vocals, guitar), Sapan Modi (guitar, dhol), Leilani Roser (drums, vocals), Jagdeep Singh (guitar) and Maanav Thakore (bass).
Recorded by Andy Plaisted at Electric Andyland Studios, Somerville, MA
Mixed and mastered by Dave Westner in Belmont, MA
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