Mumbai-based multilingual hip-hop collective Swadesi’s MC TodFod returns with a fiery and take on the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. MC TodFod pulls no punches and leaves no stone unturned when asking uncomfortable questions about fear and paranoia as tools of social control.
The song is a sharp critique of capitalist agendas which leave the common, powerless and poor out to dry in times of crisis. The views are personal, controversial and not to everyone’s agreement, but what Swadesi intends to do is ask everyone to find their own truth and question everything.
Swadesi is a group of socially conscious rappers whose verses serve as a mirror to society. The multi-lingual crew believes in ‘music with a cause’ and go by a sound that is traditional yet global. With their unsparing lyrical content intertwined with folk and bass music, Swadesi has created a unique sound and brand of its own in the Indian music landscape. The group broke into the mainstream with their debut track India 91 in collaboration with other Indian rappers in the cult film ‘Gully Boy’. MC Mawali of the group also featured as a rapper on Rajnikanth’s ‘Kaala’ film soundtracks. Swadesi’s most acclaimed body of work yet is ‘The Warli Revolt’ which garnered much attention while taking rounds on the internet as an anthem against the destruction of the Aarey Forest in Mumbai. Taking inspiration from the poems of social reformers like Tukaram, Swadesi is regarded as Indian Hip hop’s only socio-political group, that continually aims to bring about change through art and music.