The Kominas

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The Kominas
The Taqwa Tour 2007 in Chicago - Flickr - Eye Steel Film.jpg
Basim Usmani and Shahjehan Khan
Background information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Punk rock, taqwacore, funk, alternative
Years active 2004–present
Labels Independent
Associated acts Dead Bhuttos, The Fatsumas, Noble Drew, Sunny Ali & The Kid
Members Basim Usmani
Sunny Ali
The Kid
Past members Karna Ray
Arjun Ray
Shahjehan Khan
Imran Ali Malik
Elester Rechard Latham

The Kominas are a Pakistani-American Desi punk rock band formed in Lowell, Massachusetts. The band currently includes Basim Usmani (bass), Hassan Ali Malik (guitar) and Abdullah Saeed (drums).


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.

Media attention[edit]

Since the beginning, The Kominas have piqued the attention of mainstream media. The Guardian called their music "irreverent and un-PC".[1] 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."[2] 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."[3] The band has expressed frustration with the lack of quality music journalists covering their work.

Music by The Kominas has been used in films like The Taqwacores and Slackistan.


The Kominas' debut album, Wild Nights in Guantanamo Bay was released in March 2008, and was cited among the top ten CD's of 2008 by Boston Globe reviewer Siddhartha Mitter.[4]

On June 15, 2010, The Kominas released a 7 song E.P. entitled Escape to Blackout Beach through a special site on their website.


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