Who am I?
I’m Khalid Hanifi, an American recording artist, songwriter, singer and producer of Afghan/Anglo descent. My career spans over two decades; from a stint as Atlantic Records artists Map of the World, a band formed with my sister Sophia Hanifi in the 1980s, to fronting the bands Kiss Me Screaming and Maypops in the 1990s, I released my first album as a solo artist, “Pamplemousse Presse,” in 2008.
What’s the new project?
The project is an album of resolutely non-partisan politically and economically themed songs, the sensibilities of which are undoubtedly colored by the fact that a) I’m an Afghan-American, and b) I think I’m much smarter than I actually am.The album will be titled "A Brief Respite From Shooting Fish In a Barrel,” and will be released in the current election year - hopefully well before November, as it will no doubt prove influential in the final balloting!
A total of nine songs will make up A Brief Respite, all produced by me and Jonathan Visger of Absofacto and Mason Proper. All the songs have been recorded - four songs are completely finished, the other five are ready for a final mix.
Of the nine songs, the first one I plan on releasing initially with an accompanying video is called Free The World To Death, a little cowboy number about Afghanistan. You can hear a rough mix of the song toward the end of the video above. I will also be recording a version of this song in Pashtu, one of the two official languages of Afghanistan. This may be the first time that song will be released simultaneously in English and Pashtu.
Other titles include:
- 'The Splendor of Empire'
- 'Black Sight'
- ‘Hog Futures’
- 'Talk To The Invisible Hand'
What will your contribution be used for?
- Production of video for “Free The World To Death”
- Final mixing and mastering of tracks
- CD art work and Manufacturing of the CDs
- General publicity and promotion
What do you get for contributing?
There are many different rewards offered, see the list of rewards to your right...
What if donations exceed the $5000 target?Any money raised above the $5000 that I’m hoping to raise will be put to use funding publicity and promotion for “A Brief Respite From Shooting Fish In A Barrel.”
What are my goals for this project?
- Licensing individual songs in various media
- Licensing the entire collection to an indie label
What is the arguable benefit if I achieve my goals for this project?My hope is that these songs can in some small way foster dialogue that challenges conventional assumptions - about progress, about power, about what constitutes wealth. In turn, I believe that such discussion is beneficial to all 100% of us, not just the 99% or the 1%.
...for reading this far down the page, and for your consideration of contributing to this project!
- (30 days)