Did You Know These Underground Musicians Were Desi?

No Doubt

We admit it. We’re stoked any time we spot a South Asian musician. We remember the first time we realized that No Doubt’s bassist, Tony Kanal, is desi. We also remember the moment we learned that Queen’s frontman, Freddie Mercury, was Parsi. And let’s not forget about Kim Thayil (lead guitarist of Soundgarden), Norah Jones (50% Indian, 100% talented), and the ever-feisty M.I.A. That’s a pretty solid list.

That list, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. These days, South Asians are everywhere, and the music scene is no exception.

Click through the slide show to learn about some of our favorite underground desi musicians.

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