Kiran Gandhi – better known as Madame Gandhi – dreams of a better world. That is of course something most of us do, but only a few try to change it in ways as concrete and efficient as the Los Angeles-based musician.
She chose to become a drummer when she was told that it’s an instrument girls are not supposed to play; she quite easily refuted this by banging the drums in M.I.A.’s backing band. The percussion section also plays an important role on Gandhi’s (as of this writing) only release, the «Voices EP» (2016). But as the title suggests, it’s voices – or rather female voices – that acts as the main character.
In addition to making music, she uses her master’s degree in business to crunch numbers for Spotify and Interscope Records, while she also ran a marathon bleeding – and triumphing! – to make a point of how much shame and stigma is still tied to menstration. All this is driven by her goal of making the world a little more feminine.
«The Future is Female» she sings, together with Tune-Yards’ wonderful Merrill Garbus, in the concluding moments of the «Voices EP». It’s a song which, like the rest of the record, is playing around at the crossroads where hip-hop meets electro pop.
Text: Kim Klev