Ms. Marvel: From AR Rahman to Jalebi Baby, all the South Asian songs in the show’s premiere
Ms. Marvel, the new show to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 lineup has finally arrived. The show features Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan, the first-ever Muslim superhero to lead an MCU show. Kamala is a 16-year-old Pakistani-American from Jersey City who happens to be an Avengers superfan. So of course the show is unabashedly Brown in more ways than one. For starters, it references Shah Rukh Khan and highlights Kamala’s legacy at every opportunity. Anyone of South Asian descent will instantly identify with the series and may also recognize the songs mentioned in the first two episodes of the series.
The Ms. Marvel soundtrack is full of bangers and we’re talking about everything from AR Rahman to Coke Studio, Rajakumari and Ritviz. The showrunners took songs from Indian and Pakistani creators and blended them into a big milkshake of South Asian representation. It serves as an important device that establishes the colorful cultural identity of Kamala Khan. If you’re wondering where to find the tracks from Ms. Marvel Episodes 1 and 2, we’ve curated a playlist so you don’t have to.
Here are all the songs from the Ms. Marvel premiere:
Oh Nanba – SP Balasubramaniam and Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, AR Rahman (music)
Ko Ko Korina – Ahmed Rushdi
Sage – Ritviz
Jalebi Baby – Tesher ft. Jason Durello
Peechay Hutt – Hasan Raheem, Justin Bibis and Talal Qureshi
Goddess – NERVO and Krewella ft. Raja Kumari
Rozi – Eva B
From Ko Ko Korina, the first Pakistani pop song played during Kamala’s visit to a market with her mother, to Eva B’s Rozi during the end credits, the Ms. Marvel soundtrack asserts a distinct identity. Songs like Sage by Ritviz and Jalebi Baby by Tesher seem to be pulled straight from the playlist of someone from the Indian subcontinent and of course there’s Oh Nanba by AR Rahman from Lingaa. All in all, it feels like a tribute to the music we’ve always loved.
Ms. Marvel features Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Aramis Knight, Rish Shah, Mohan Kapoor, Zenobia Shroff, and cameos from Farhan Akhtar and Fawad Khan. The show premiered on June 8 and is available to stream.