Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Kominas' "Wild NIghts in Guantanamo Bay"

Very exciting news (Thanks, John!)--the groundbreaking taqwacore ("Islamic punk") band, The Kominas, have finally released their first CD, Wild Nights in Guantanamo Bay. I've not yet heard it (it was only released on March 10), but you can listen to some of the songs that appear on it, like "Suicide Bomb the Gap" and "Sharia Law in the USA," on The Kominas' myspace page. I'm especially partial to the latter. Unfortunately, you can no longer download their material for free. So buy the album here.

More info on The Kominas is available from wikipedia. It states that the group is on "gigging hiatus" because bass player Basim is currently in Pakistan. Don't know whether that is true. I hope not for long.

And don't you just love this cover?

(Earlier Kominas posts here and here.)

1 comment:

John said...

Ted, thanks for posting this. The album is $10, but if you can't afford that and you still want the album, you can email them and explain and they'll try to work something out.

Basim has been publishing his experiences in Pakistan at Guardian.co.uk:
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/basim_usmani/2008/03/terror_in_lahore.html
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/basim_usmani_and_ak_lodhi/2007/11/campus_lockdown.html
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/basim_usmani/2007/11/the_peasants_revolt.html