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  • Azadi Records gives a voice to India's slums
  • Azadi Records gives a voice to India's slums
    Milo's Photography Chicago (2017) ©

Azadi Records gives a voice to India's slums

Despite India’s long history of protest music, you’ll have a hard time finding politically-charged lyrics in modern mainstream tunes. To fix this, New Delhi-based independent music label Azadi Records is giving a platform to rising artists from the slums of the nation.



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