Basim Usmani and Shahjehan Khan
|Origin||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Genres||Punk rock, taqwacore, funk, alternative|
|Associated acts||Dead Bhuttos, The Fatsumas, Noble Drew, Sunny Ali & The Kid|
|Past members||Karna Ray
Imran Ali Malik
Elester Rechard Latham
The first Kominas' song ever released was "Rumi was a Homo (But Wahhaj Is a Fag)", by the website Muslim Wake Up! in response to then recent homophobic comments made by the Imam Siraj Wahhaj. In 2007, The Kominas pressed 2000 copies their first album, Wild Nights in Guantanamo Bay, which is now out of print.
In 2010, The Kominas released a 7-song E.P. entitled Escape to Blackout Beach, and a documentary that follows the early history of the band entitled Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam was released. A third 10-track self-titled album was released on Christmas Day as a free download in 2011.
Since the beginning, The Kominas have piqued the attention of mainstream media. The Guardian called their music "irreverent and un-PC". As the L.A. Times put it, "The recognition that the [Kominas] have gotten is a Catch-22 for them: While they welcome the attention from both the mainstream media and the blogosphere, they resent that the focus has been more on the Muslim angle than on their music." CNN wrote "Many conservative Muslims may peg [The Kominas] as heretic for their suggestive and irreverent lyrics. But the musicians say they are just trying to show both cultures how broad the spectrum of belief can be." The band has expressed frustration with the lack of quality music journalists covering their work.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to The Kominas.|
- Muslim Wakeup Article on the Kominas
- "Middle Eastern Popular Music" U. Arkansas Honors Colloquia Spring 2006
- "Never mind the Burkas" The Sun
- Skidmore Press release on "Music Against Hatred"
- Newsweek Piece
- Taqwacore Documentary Wins 2nd Place at Banff World Television Festival
- Rolling Stone Magazine
- BBC Newsnight
- PRI's The World
- Basim Usmani materials in the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)