The Kominas

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The Kominas
The Taqwa Tour 2007 in Chicago - Flickr - Eye Steel Film.jpg
Background information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Punk rock, taqwacore, funk, alternative
Years active 2004–present
Labels Independent
Members Basim Usmani
Hassan Ali Malik
Past members Karna Ray
Arjun Ray
Shahjehan Khan
Imran Ali Malik
Elester Rechard Latham
Abdullah Saeed

The Kominas are a punk-rock band formed in 2004 by Pakistani-Americans living in Boston. They rose to cultural prominence for progressing the genre of Muslim Punk in the United States, which is also known as "Taqwacore".


In 2005, with the release of just two songs on the internet website MySpace, The Kominas found themselves subjects of national news pieces and film and radio documentaries. Initially self-labelled as Bollywood Punk, the band adopted the label "Taqwacore", in reference to a book called "The Taqwacores" by American novelist Michael Muhammad Knight, which imagines what a would be American Muslim Punk scene would look like. This connection quickly fascinated American and International Media, which led to much being written about this unique example of life-imitating-art, and many international tours with the author. Many fans of this phenomenon felt that this was a necessary complicating counter-narrative to a simplistic, and largely Islamophobic post-9/11 American media landscape.

Over a 10 year period, the band has gone through many line-up changes since its formation, with the only consistent member being Basim Usmani.


2007 - "Wild Nights in Guantanamo Bay' (Written: Shahjehan Khan/Basim Usmani/Arjun Ray/Karna Ray)

2010 - "Escape to Blackout Beach" (Written: Basim Usmani/Imran Ali Malik/Shahjehan Khan; Produced: Sevan Minassian)

2012 - "Kominas" (Written: Imran Ali Malik/Hassan Ali Malik/Basim Usmani/Abdullah Saeed; Produced: Sevan Minassian)