Resident Alien

Musical genres, melodies and beat-cycles morph, as Ali Sethi and Sunny Jain explore the idea of migration. In a nation of immigrants, where its system describes human beings as a “resident alien” or “illegal alien”, Ali and Sunny assert the very real and beautiful threads of migration, from the origins and synthesis of language, to exile, to political and religious freedom. The band includes Ali Sethi on vocals, Sunny Jain on drumset/dhol, Grey Mcmurray on guitar and Shoko Nagai on keyboards.

“Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.”
– Hazrat Inayat Khan

Ali Sethi is a Pakistani singer, musician, writer, and columnist. Sethi was globally recognized for writing the book, The Wish Maker. The book was short-listed for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize Award. Sethi has written several columns for New York Times, The New Yorker, The Caravan, and The Friday Times. 2013, he began focusing on his music career and made his film debut as a playback singer in The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) and released a cover single “Mohabbat Karne Waley.” Later, he released four cover singles and debuted as a featured artist in the eight season of Pakistani music reality show, Coke Studio. In 2016, Sethi released his first original single “Mahi Mera”, which was critical acclaimed. He received his first Lux Style Aware nomination as a Best Playback Singer – Male at 15th Lux Style Awards, and was nominated for Best Play Singer – Male at 2nd ARY Film Awards, both for “Aah Ko Chayie.” He also received a Hum Award nomination for Best Music Single category.