This High Chai Records 12″ sampler release in 2001 FOR PROMO ONLY LIMITED EDITION VINYL was GOTOASA.org’s (Gen Om Takes On AIDS in South Asia) calling card for the makeLOVEmakeWAR “awareness” campaign. GOTOASA.org’s musician/friends from the UK and US were called upon to join forces to wage war on the AIDS epidemic via track contributions from the likes of State Of Bengal, Temple Of Sound feat ADF frontman Deeder Zaman, Ming + FS, Marque “Innamost” Gilmore + Aref Durvesh (Tabla wizard/Nitin Sawhney), Karsh Kale, Somatic and many others.
The GOTOASA.org awareness campaign received much press via coverage on CNN, MTV-Asia, Zee-TV, ITV and more. DK and Waris were invited by UNDP’s Shashi Tharoor to participate in the Town Hall Meeting in 2001 and speak about their project alongside Nan Anaan, Blaine Trump, Danny Glover and moderator, Daljit Dhaliwal.
The High Chai:04 event release party in LES at the Angel Orensantz Foundation space was a huge success in NYC drawing a crowd of 750. Event / Product Sponsors included Girbaud, XLR8R, Trace, Vice, Wadia Movietone, MOTO, Odwalla + more. Performers and presenters included A Guy Called Gerald, DK and Waris, WUNMI, Karsh Kale, Sussan Deyhim, Graham Haynes, Navdeep. Visuals by Panoptic/Kenzo Minami. Art by: Kimou Meyer @ BASE Design. Art Auction curated by James Fuentes. Art contributions included works from RoStar, Ryan McGinness… The event was hosted and presented by GOTOASA.org co-founders DK Khambata and actor/jewelry designer Waris Singh Ahluwalia.
Dubcolossus :: Temple of Sound feat. Deedar (ADF), Linton “Kwesi” Johnson
Supafragile :: State of Bengal feat. DK
Evileye :: Aref Durvesh feat. AD2000 (Drum FM)
Classical Science Fiction :: Karsh Kale
Tantra :: Ming & FS feat. OmZone
Thunk :: Somatik