Rafiq Bhatia

Listen: Rafiq Bhatia Reworks “Breaking English” feat. Sam Dew

Feb 23, 2019

One of the truly soulful pieces of music from last year was Rafiq Bhatia's title track from his startling album Breaking English. Bhatia reworked the track, bringing in singer Sam Dew. An already divine song gets a further blessing. Listen and let it fill your soul.

Bhatia offers the following analogy for the feeling behind the music: “In August, I lost my grandmother. In Muslim funerals, there is a communal element in laying the deceased to rest. Dozens of mourners (family members, friends, and members of the congregation) all take turns as pallbearers, each shouldering the weight briefly before making room for the next person, singing in unison as the procession continues. It’s a teeming, resonant swarm helping to bear the final burden gently. (‘...a million other lights like me beside me and we’ll return again’)”




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3/7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Andy Warhol Museum

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