With Sonny Singh, Musician - Week 39 of the Coalition for Global Unity
Sonny Singh has brought his fiery trumpet playing and vocals to audiences around the world for the last decade as an original member of the Brooklyn Bhangra outfit Red Baraat. Now he is launching a solo project that inspired by Sikh kirtan with boundary-defying Punjabi anthems to uplift & ignite.
Sonny's first musical outlet as a child of immigrant parents in North Carolina was singing Sikh devotional music in gurdwaras (Sikh houses of worship). His energy shifted to other types of music as he became a more serious musician: ska, reggae, funk, punk rock, bhangra, and more. In 2003, Sonny co-founded the political rock band Outernational and recorded an album produced by Tom Morello. As a singer and trumpet player, he has been central to the sound and raw energy of Red Baraat since the band's inception in 2008, touring globally and recording 5 studio albums.
Sonny is currently finishing his debut solo album, produced by Wil-Dog Abers of Ozomatli, entitled Chardi Kala, the Sikh concept of revolutionary eternal optimism. His first single, Mitar Pyare Nu, premiered on NPR’s All Songs Considered and Rolling Stone India.
Sonny’s music is a reminder that hope, love, and devotion are crucial to our struggles and our collective survival. Chardi Kala is a return to Sonny’s Punjabi & Sikh roots, but with the lens he’s developed over the course of his life as a touring musician, educator, and activist. Musically, the project embodies the many spiritual, political, and aesthetic elements that have shaped Sonny: a bolero-mariachi Sikh shabad on one track, a qawwali song with a reggae bass line on another, a bombastic Ghadar Party tribute in Punjabi and Spanish on yet another. His live band, which includes harmonium, electric guitar, tabla, and drumset, provides listeners with an experience of both introspective reflection and fervent urgency.
Every Monday at 12pm PDT for 52 weeks, a member of the Coalition for Global Unity will provide a 30 minute meditation and experience that will allow us to connect to our awareness.
In this time of uncertainty, fear and lack of health, these weekly meditations are designed to bring us all together as one, and to connect to health and wholeness.
Anyone can tune in from wherever in the world they are to experience one of these meditations or people are invited to enjoy a few minutes of silence or deep breathing if they are unable to tune into the Livestream with the community.
See schedule of upcoming Facilitators & subscribe for updates: www.coalition4globalunity.com/
Thus far, our Coalition Members include:
Deepak Chopra author of over 90 best-selling books
Reverend Michael Beckwith of Agape
Rollin McCraty, founder of the Heart Math Institute
Teresa Collins of Resonance Academy and Global Coherence Pulse
Suzi Lula Spiritual Therapist
Amanda Marie Masters, Co-Founder of Awake TV Network
Alison Serour and Kabbalah Centres
Co-Founders of Access Consciousness Gary Douglas & Dr. Dain Heer
Kimberly Gamble, Director & Executive Producer of Thrive
Alexa Fischer, founder of Wishbeads
Richard Rudd, founder of Gene Keys
Sister Dr Jenna of Americameditating.org
Reverand Julie Moret
Mikhaila Stettler, artist and writer
Amber Hartnell, founder of Temple of Wholeness
Jennifer Hill, Co-Founder of MetaBizics
Sainte Grace, Sonic Creator
Shannon Thompson - Founder of Shakti Rising