Janaka Comes Up For Air

Janaka’s ‘Pushing Air’ pulses to a global beat: Aidin Vaziri | Janaka Selekta racked up plenty of travel miles working on his first solo album, “Pushing Air.” It was more than a year in the making, the basic tracks recorded at Selekta’s Lower Haight studio in San Francisco before he took them to India, where some of the country’s top classical musicians sat in on the sessions. Then it was off to Chicago for a month in the studio with producer Radiohiro for the mix. On Sunday, the 37-year-old multi-instrumentalist and DJ brings the independently released album back home when he joins up with his fellow musicians in Dubfi Soundsystem – vocalist JC Stokes, guitarist Ali Tariq and tabla player Shabi Farooq – for a release party at the Elbo Room. Business as usual, he says: “My father is a diplomat. We were carried around like luggage.” Continue reading.


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