Like most things, music is so very subjective. As an 80’s boy who grew up with R&B, funk, rap and hip-hop, I certainly have my go-to genres. That said, through music you can also get a glimpse into the breadth of the Asian American experience. Below are a few folks/songs of the Asian persuasion who I think are worth a listen. I realize that, like the rest of my Asian Pacific American Heritage month lists, this too list is woefully inadequate and really is more of a “Bruce’s favorite Asian American Musicians,” so do offer your suggestions on the APAHM Music List over on List.ly.
And now little Music for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Going old school . . . a little Nia Peeples and Trouble
Really wished this group had “made it,” but glad to see that Pinay did a little reunion as well as recorded a few tracks including Next Time.
For you social rap folks, I give you, The Blue Scholars and Joe Metro.
People like Jane Liu are simply amazing with the talent they cultivate and express — not fair. One of our favorites is the her 2.5 Minute Cartoon Medley with Paul Dateh, but she also has some great chops as she delivers her version of Still Hurting.
Kinna Grannis has just released a new album, Elements, but if you have never heard her before, she is a joy to listen to as she sings both covers and originals. Be sure to take a listen her duet, Bring Me the Night with Sam Tsui, but our current house favorite is her cover of Pompeii by Bastille sung with Peter Hollens.
The Black Eyed Peas offer this touching tribute, The APL Song.
Here are a few more lists of Asian American Musicians that might be of interest:
- 11 Badass Asian Musicians Who Are Shattering Stereotypes
- 21 Asian American Musicians You Need To Get Behind
- Prominent Asian and Asian Pacific American Music Artists
Again, if you want more than music, see my post, Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and if you have more listening suggestions please add them to the APAHM Music List on List.ly.