Brooklyn Shanti is described in his press materials as “hip-hop’s official cultural ambassador to India,” a claim which, while perhaps exceptionally bold, is backed up by his being dubbed with the title “Indian Bambaataa” by Afrika Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation. For his latest tune, however, Shanti takes on a reserved, minimalist electronic style, which lets guest vocalist Dani Mari shine. The song, “Garden of Ghosts”, the video of which you can view below, is taken from Shanti’s latest studio outing, Bedstuyle.
Shanti describes the tune to PopMatters, saying, “‘Garden of Ghosts’ is the third single from my latest album, Bedstuyle. It features acclaimed vocalist, Dani Mari, and the song continues my thematic narrative describing the changing landscape in Bedstuy, Brooklyn. It is directed and shot by Rod Morata and myself, the video was shot in the heart of Williamsburg and at Dead Horse Bay in Brooklyn, aka ‘Bottle Beach’ (named for the fact that bottles dating back to the ‘20s have been discovered in the bottle-laden landscape constituting the beach’s shoreline). The video is part of Bedstuyle, out today that also has an accompanying Jewelry line at BPM Jewelry.”
Bedstuyle is out now on Someplace Called Brooklyn.