Los Angeles-based drummer, solo artist, and fourth-wave feminist Madame Gandhi premieres her new single, “Bad Habits.” Inspired by Fela Kuti, “Bad Habits” is a joyous electronic Afrobeat song being released to coincide with Felabration, co-produced by Zach Witness . In it, the former drummer for M.I.A. sings over a funky, staccato beat about overcoming one’s negative tendencies: “I’ve been so pressed that I don’t even know/What’s botherin’ me.” At its core it is an inspirational call to action, “Thinking about how I can be so much better/Thinking about all the tears I’ve cried.” The song also features African-influenced guitar, congas, cowbells and keyboards that build to a rapturous crescendo.
The uplifting rhythms and soothing harmonies make a perfect backdrop for a melodic passage that connects womxn’s suffrage to Mahatma Gandhi and Fela Kuti’s liberation struggles. “I feel some days we have come a long way and other days I feel frustrated like how is it that we are still fighting so many of the same fights from 100 years ago. I hope you will listen to this song and derive hopefulness and joyfulness in a time of disappointment and pain,” Madame Gandhi states.
A lifelong activist with a Harvard M.B.A., Madame Gandhi is on a mission to celebrate and elevate the female voice through her art and work. She made viral news by running 2015’s London Marathon while free-bleeding to address the stigma associated with menstruation. She has spoken at the White House and the U.N., and delivered a TED talk on “Atomic Living.”
Recognized this year by I as one of their “34 Stars Who Continue to Shine on a Global Stage,” Gandhi has toured as the drummer for Thievery Corporation, Krewella, and Kehlani. She has also produced music with ABRA and members of alt-J, Portugal. The Man, and TV on the Radio. Her 2016 debut EP, Voices received praise from Fader and Paper and her anthemic single, “The Future is Female” reached #8 on Spotify’s viral charts. Her remix EP for Voices featured reinterpretations by queer femme producers of color whom she admires. In July of this year, she released another anthem, “Top Knot Turn Up” dedicated to the spirit of getting things done as symbolized by womxn wearing their hair up.