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Ahmer(@ahmermusic) is a rapper and producer from Kashmir, who uses his music to make people aware of the violence that is going on in Kashmir. Growing up in Kashmir, you can’t escape the violence that surrounds the valley. Inspired by how Hip-Hop music and its artists came up Ahmer decided to follow the path of music. “You have to represent your streets, you’ve got to keep it real and bring forth the reality no matter how dark or bitter. This genre gave me a voice, it’s like a friend, that keeps me going through thick and thin, I guess that’s why I fell in love with it and chose to make music for the rest of my life.” Ahmer wants to make people aware of the state of Kashmir through his music. “...it’s awareness. Right now our voices are being suppressed every day. We are not allowed to talk, we are not allowed to feel. If you ask me, they say that “the pen is mightier than the sword”, and I’m a firm believer. Knowledge is power, and I’m grateful that I got to know rap music, I dedicated my life to it. I express through this art form. I try to be honest with it, and I want the people to feel the gravity of the situation, as much as possible, and to see how much of it is getting neglected every day!”
#turnblack #kashmirihiphop #azadirecords
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Performing at @spokenfest on the 30th! #azadirecords
‘INQALAB’ up on Spotify and other platforms. Go bump! #azadirecords #kashmir #realityrap
“I've seen too many cowards, too many sell outs, too many people who love to sell doubts / But lord be my witness I always kept it straight, stayed humble in every way and left the rest to fate.”
Smile little kid, no matter how hard it gets.
I’ll be playing at @spokenfest this year! Ticket link in my bio.
Ahmer from Azadi records is a prolific rapper and producer from the heart of Srinagar, Kashmir. Since a young age, Ahmer has been acutely aware of the violence that plagues that valley, and his lyrics reflect a self-critical and self-aware artist that is trying to make sense of one of the most complex issues of our time. At a time when the state has been spoken about so much more than it speaks itself, this is the fresh voice that we all needed to hear.
Come watch him live at Spoken Fest Delhi this year. Ticket link in bio.
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Resurrection. #azadirecords #kashmir
I was back home in August, when the Indian govt revoked article 370 and locked us up before we could even know about it. They didn’t want us to have a say, they never wanted to know how we feel, because no one was and will ever be happy about what they did. We don’t want tyranny, we Kashmiris, always stood against it. Blockade was imposed on Kashmiris, prior to the 5th of August when the decision was taken, and it’s still there, there is no internet, it’s been 3 months now. While I was in Kashmir, I couldn’t do much, because I didn’t exist just like all the Kashmiris, I couldn’t speak up against the lies that were being spread on the national media, the way they were blatantly normalising the conflict and how people who had zero information about what was happening on the ground with us, with no shame, were celebrating this mass genocide. I wanted to quit because I had never seen so much hatred against the Kashmiris, all odds were against us, and I couldn’t think, it was really hard for me to. I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t going to give up, and Kashmiris never did. I invested all this frustration and energy I had left in me, in music, I wrote this tape while I was locked up in curfew with my people. Came back to Delhi on the 16th September, to record and put it out. This is how Kashmiris feel, and this is what we see, go through. This is what they don’t want you to know because they’re scared of us, scared of the truth, they don’t want it to come out, that’s why they have caged us. We’ll still resist and fight, for our rights, for our identity and dignity!
Download my mixtape ‘Inqalab’ featuring four tracks, out on @azadirecords’ website. LINK IN MY BIO.
Written & Produced by me.
Mixed & Mastered by @arshsharmaproductions
Art by @saim_aaa
#Kashmir #Inqalab #AzadiRecords
On the 4th of August, I was at @prabhdeepmusic KING EP launch. Throughout the week, rumours were flying around like, there’s a war upon Kashmir, statements from the govt that Kashmir was under threat, Kashmiris need to stock up whatever they have to because curfew will be imposed in the valley. More army was deployed as usual, and it was a “made up” war like situation. All this was just a cover up, just to pass a god damn law. I didn’t feel good at all and didn’t want to perform at Prabh’s gig. Uday called me and I told him what was going through my head, he only had this to say, “ you have to speak up, this is the time.” I performed with a heavy heart, and it felt like a farewell, as I wasn’t sure about tomorrow, whether it was possible for me to travel and do what I do. My brother called me after the performance and told me that they are going to shut down everything, phones, tv’s, internet. He told me not to worry, and he’ll waiting on the 7th. I had booked my flight already, for Eid. So, 5th, morning Imaad called, terrified, he was like check the news, I woke up late and when I got to know about the revocation of 370, it felt like someone stabbed me, I was blank, I couldn’t think, I tried calling home, no service! Now I was just waiting for the 7th to come so that I could go back to my family. I went back, I couldn’t see people, my boarding pass was my curfew pass and I felt like a prisoner, apocalyptic. While I was there, I couldn’t do shit, I didn’t exist just like all the Kashmiris back home who still don’t and it’s been 3 months now. I felt like I should quit, I was stressed, depressed and couldn’t take it. I had to look back and since day one, i didn’t give up, I wasn’t gonna give up ever. I invested all this frustration and energy that was left in me, in music. I started writing about what all was actually happening with us, on the ground. Obviously the sellouts weren’t going to show that to you, fake propaganda sells. I wanted to let them know how Kashmiris feel, and how not so normal it actually is. I wrote this tape while we all were locked up, came back on the 16th of September just to record and let this out. #Inqalab tomorrow via @azadirecords
Mumbai! you ready or what? 25th October, w/ whole @azadirecords roster at @antisocialoffline , Todi Mills. Aajao, sach sunno! get your tickets asap, link in the bio. #azaditakeover #kashmir
Zinda laashon ka nazara hai. #Kashmir #AzadiRecords
Sach na bolu toh kya jawab dun main, kal ko? #inqalab
Calm before the storm! #inqalab
Playing in Mumbai with the whole Azadi roster. 25th October, 9pm onwards at @antisocialoffline, Todi Mills! Phase 1 tickets - link in bio.
Art by @deadtheduck
For Kashmir, for my people, for truth, for justice. For freedom.
The music video for Kasheer from my debut album 'Little Kid, Big Dreams' with @sezonthebeat is out now. Shout out to @vakshvimal for this amazing video! Watch with subtitles, LINK IN BIO.
#Ahmer #SezOnTheBeat #AzadiRecords
Tomorrow 9 am. #Kasheer
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