Vice, “Meet the Desi Artists Fighting Back Against Trump with Punk Rock and ‘Post-Colonial Pop'”

Being a punk of color is one way to do just that. Omar Pitras Waqar has been part of the DC hardcore and DIY punk scene for 20 years, and as he told me, hopes that there will be an artistic uprising. The 35-year-old is a classically trained sitar player and performs ghazals—poetic music from the Middle East and South Asia—in his project Gardens For the Lush. His anarcho-Sufi ghazals are recited intentionally in English “to address my sorrow in the language of my oppression,” Waqar explains.

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