Long-running KFAI program Sangam retires; New South Asian program launches; MSP Sound moves

Long-running KFAI program Sangam retires; New South Asian program launches; MSP Sound moves


September 3rd, 2021
Minneapolis, MN

After 30 years of bringing the biggest hits this side of Bombay to the Twin Cities, Sangam will officially retire from the airwaves on September 6th. The long-running collective program was started in 1991 by Mukthar Thakur and Sanjit Baines and has continued to cheerfully present music from India, Pakistan, other South Asian countries, and South Asian communities living abroad on KFAI, 90.3 FM with a variety of hosts. The current collective is composed of Thakur, Shashi Gupta and Ahmed Naumaan.

From the end comes a new beginning. Starting on September 14th, Ahmed Naumaan will begin a new show – Pakemon’s Pitara – featuring music from newer and emerging artists from South Asia ‎and within the South Asian diaspora. The music will span multiple genres, from pop and rock to hip-‎hop/rap, metal, jazz, and electronica/experimental.

Ahmed has played this kind of music on Sangam in the past but, due to FCC restrictions, has often had to edit the songs for language and content. With this in mind, Pakemon’s Pitara will air Tuesday mornings at Midnight. KFAI’s MSP Sound will move to Mondays at 8pm to give Krista Wax a new space to play and talk with Minnesota musicians and offer a better spot to have them come in live. MSP Sound’s first 8pm broadcast will air Monday, September 13th.

The station is currently seeking testimonials and well-wishes for our departing friends on Sangam and would love to air any of your sentiments this coming Monday during their farewell broadcast. Please send any messages to hello@kfai.org or use the KFAI Mobile App to send a “2-Way Radio” message.

The final installment of Sangam airs Monday, September 6th at 8pm on KFAI – 90.3 FM HD and on kfai.org – the archive of the show will be available online for the following two weeks.