THT presents Raja Kumari & Divine
The Humming Tree bring to you Raja Kumari and Divine as a part of The Humming Tree 2.0 launch.
Watch two of the best desi hip-hop acts share the stage to create brilliance that the Indian underground scene has been looking for a long time. Get the public, sing out loud and move your body to some sleazy rhymes!
About the Artists
Fusing classical Indian traditions with Hip Hop, Los Angeles based songwriter and rapper, Raja Kumari bridges East and West into a style she calls 'BollyHood,' while imagining herself as a South Asian American role model for the youth. On her first EP “The Come Up,” Kumari brings indian culture to the mainstream with authentic imagery rhythms and sounds mixed with urban hip hop. The Grammy nominated musician grew up studying Indian classical dance and is a proponent in 3 classical styles. After college, where she majored in South Asian Religious Studies, she decided to pursue a career in music. Her initial breakthrough came with songwriting. She co-wrote Fall Out Boy’s Billboard top 10 hit “Centuries” for which she won a BMI Pop Award in 2016. Her other credits include Fifth Harmony, Gwen Stefani, and Iggy Azalea. She recently collaborated with AR Rahman and joined him as a guest performer on his world tour. In 2015, Kumari signed a major label recording contract with Epic Sony Records and plans to release more music worldwide.
One of the premier Hip Hop acts in India, Vivian aka Divine is an award winning rapper & hip-hop artist from the streets of Mumbai. With hit singles such as Farak and Jungli Sher, his raw and brutally honest Hindi rap draws inspiration from his own life. As the vanguard of Indiaʼs underground music scene, his ability to seamlessly fuse street Hindi rap and slang with international hip-hop beats make his live shows power packed. Divine started his career as an underground rapper in 2011, his track "Yeh Mera Bombay" received the best video award for the year by Rolling Stone India. His recent single "Farak" topped the Indi pop charts on iTunes India, and also featured on the radio show Beats1, playing out in over 100 countries. He has also been a part of Nucleyaʼs album Bass Rani, opened for acts like Skrillex, performed internationally for the BBC Asian Network Live showcase and sung for filmmaker Anurag Kashyapʼs Mukkabaaz. Having been the inspiration for Ranveer Singh's role in Zoya Akhtarʼs Gully Boy, a narratively powerful Divine, keeps it real as heard on "Mere Gully Mein." He is currently working on his debut album which is to be released in 2017.
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About the Organizer & Venue
The Humming Tree, Bangalore
3rd Floor, 12th Main Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore