Embracing Pacifism

Mad Sheer Khan - Demoncracy
Mad Sheer Khan – Demoncracy
Mad Sheer Khan

DemoNcracy (2008)

The latest recording by Mad Sheer Khan demonstrates the bipolar relationship many people across the world have with the United States. DemoNcracy’s front cover and the lyrics clearly demonstrate a distaste for the American foreign policy during the George W. Bush years.

The pacifist rhetoric is reminiscent of the Vietnam War Era anti-war songs. Proof of this is that Khan pays tribute to soul icon  Edwin Star and his popular song "War", which Khan transposes from the former Vietnam War to present day Iraq.

On the other hand, Khan shows a great passion for American popular and roots music. This is evident in the intense soul and blues influences, as well as the Jimi Hendrix-style guitar or electric dilruba riffs and English language lyrics..

DemoNcracy also includes a tribute to The Velvet Underground’s muse, Nico, with whom Khan recorded in 1981 "Orly Flight", a hymn to illegal aliens.

Get the CD from madsheerkhan.com.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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