“Voice of the jungle”

MC Mawali doesn’t just rap about nature, but is an avid trekker as well. And, he’s ready to offer you an introduction to the Western Ghats, too

Mid Day

“Swadesi: ‘We’re Not Faking Anything Here’”

The Mumbai crew are using Warli tribal-inspired hip-hop music to save the world’s only natural urban jungle and its indigenous tribal populace from a controversial project

Rollingstone India

“A warning note”

The latest indie anthem from an Aarey tribal and young band spits fire at netas for propagating vinaash in the name of vikaas

Mid Day

“Watch: Hip-hop band Swadesi’s new song asks for Mumbai’s Aarey Forest to be saved from ‘development’”

Aarey Forest is the only significant green patch in the northern suburbs of Mumbai.

“Hip-Hop From India: Laaj Watte Kai by Swadesi (@swadesimovement)’”

By Rishma Dhaliwal

I Am HipHop Magazine

“Decoding Desi Hip-Hop: Swadesi”

A group of young Emcee’s, producers, DJs and Graffiti Artists called Swadesi aim to bring about change through their art and music.


“This Is My Hood: MC Tod Fod”

Get to know the people who bring India’s hip-hop scene alive through our brand new series This Is My Hood. In this first edition, MC Tod Fod shows us around Naigaon in Dadar, Mumbai.


“Listen to one of the most original Indian hip-hop track ever!”

Warli Revolt is a war-cry warning of a brewing revolution against cutting down of the one of the biggest green pacth in the suburbs of Mumbai


“Swadesi Crew To Perform At World Music Expo In Spain!”

The Swadesi crew is making huge waves in the industry. Desi Hip-Hop’s sound spectrum has run through a lot of variations in its lifetime. A thousand different artists have come and gone in the scene.


“Hip Hop Seekha - Swadesi - Live At Hip Hop Homeland”

MC Mawali, MC Todfod and Shakahari represent Swadesi - Mumbai’s multilingual rap crew. Performing their origin story through the track ‘Hip Hop Seekha’, LIVE at #HipHopHomeland, at antiSOCIAL Khar, Mumbai on 27th April, 2016.

Yahoo News

“If you decide to rap in your language, then the reach can be wider: Swadesi”

Different cultures, different languages, one voice. That is Swadesi for you. Comprising of MC Shakahari, MC Mawali, MC Tod Phod and Mayavi, Swadesi, a hiphop outfit based in Mumbai literally boycotts the use of English in its tracks. They take pride in using Indian languages only.

Radio City

#### “SWADESI”

Fiery, unapologetic and multi-faceted artists come together to create a revolutionary soundtrack to the diverse Indian experience.

Azadi Records

“MC Mawali aka Aklesh Sutar | HipHopHomeland | Unique Stories from India”

Aklesh Sutar is MC Mawali, a revolutionary marathi rapper who writes songs about his life, and the people he encounters. With strong views about the westernisation of Indian culture, Mawali wants to stay true to his roots, and tell the story of truly Indian Hip Hop.

101 India

“Beyond Divine and Naezy: Meet the real Gully Boys who helped shape Mumbai’s hip-hop scene”

Divine and Naezy might be the flag-bearers of Mumbai’s hip-hop scene, but it has been built on the backs of these 10 musicians and others.

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