Live Concert Photography: The Kominas
Baby’s All Right
August 21, 2015
Currently comprised of Basim Usmani, Hassan Ali Malik, Shahjehan Khan, and Karna Ray, the Boston-based Pakistani-American members of The Kominas are pioneers of a punk subgenre, Taqwacore, sometimes simply described as Muslim Punk. Sonically, their sound draws from a variety of things including 1977-era punk rock, world psych rock (in particular, from Turkey and Iran). Punjabi folk music, surf rock, reggae, disco and dub. Thematically their material focuses on the Muslim experience in America post 9/11, the sociopolitical issues concerning the larger Muslim world, religion, and race in general, while frequently forcing listeners to challenge their preconceived notions and assumptions on what it actually is to be Muslim, American and even punk.
I recently caught the band during their NYC area stop at Baby’s All Right a couple of weeks ago. Check out some photos below.
(Photo Caption: The Kominas performing at Baby’s All Right, last month)
For these photos and more, check out the Flickr set here: