Madame Gandhi is on a mission to make her voice and message heard around the world. The LA-based musician has allowed her musical and political interests to coexist, having grown up between New York City and Bombay, India. Madame Gandhi picked up a pair of drumsticks for the first time when she was 11-years-old. You might recognize Madame Gandi for being the drummer of some of our favorites: M.I.A., TV on the Radio, Lizzo, Kehlani, and Thievery Corporation.
Madame Gandhi—real name Kiran Gandhi—recalls Spice Girls as her early influences, as well as Nas and Lauryn Hill as the reason for showing her empathy through storytelling. Her 2018 TED talk, “Own Your Voice”, about making music that is purposeful with a genuine meaning behind it was viewed over 200,000 times. She was also listed as “Forbes 30 Under 30” for the Class of 2019. And just when you think Madame Gandi isn’t badass enough, she triple majored in Political Science, Women’s Studies, and Mathematics, and she ran the London Marathon bleeding free to combat the stigma around a woman’s menstruation period. Madame Gandhi’s latest EP, Visions, displays what “the future of female” really means.
Visions combines Madame Gandhi’s passion for forward-thinking politics and a range of worldly musical styles. It pushes limits with its lyricism and delivers a smidge of light at the end of the tunnel as we go into the 2020 presidential election. The world needs more artist-activists like Madame Gandhi.