A collaborative work supported by MIF Sounds "Someone Died Today'' explores loss in a South Asian household during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a personal story and features Balraj’s Mum and Bibi (Grandma) as well as friends and collaborators Farah Ahmad Khan, Shanique Marie, Vikaash Sankadecha and Simmy Singh. The work is a fundraiser for Taraki, a non-profit working with Punjabi communities to reshape approaches to mental health.
The work begins with a voice-note from Samrai originally sent to good friends Gavsborg and Shanique Marie detailing that he has found out that his grandfather had passed away that morning. Balraj’s Grandma “Bibi” shares how tough the lockdown had been then coupled with the loss of her partner of many decades. Farah Ahmad Khan adds fitting verses between intimate voice notes from Balraj’s Mum “Pinder” describing how she has felt during the pandemic before poignantly revealing how she has managed to cope. Shanique Marie’s soulful tones complement the piece beautifully throughout alongside Vikaash Sankadecha’s blissful tabla rhythms and Simmy Singh’s amazing violin playing.
The resulting work is a snapshot in time of a family shrouded in grief and pain yet able to see the light, healing and growth that can come with new beginnings.
released November 23, 2021
Balraj Singh Samrai - Creator, Music Composition & Production
Farah Ahmad Khan - Writing/Poetry: “Someone Died Today,” Vocals, Arrangement
Shanique Marie - Vocals
Pinder Samrai - Spoken Interview Excerpt
Sarjeet “Bib” Sangha - Spoken Interview Excerpt
Vikaash Sankadecha - Tabla
Simmy Singh - Violin
Nikhil Sinha - Mastering
Artwork - amad.studio
Visuals - Ilum Studio