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Posted on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 : 7:59 a.m.

U of M's Maize Mirchi concert and Taal Dance Team performance Saturday

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

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University of Michigan's South Asian a cappella group, Maize Mirchi, will be performing Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Maize Mirchi

The University of Michigan's premier South Asian a cappella group, Maize Mirchi will be holding its sophomore concert, "Mirchi Reloaded" this Saturday, March 27, 7 p.m. in the Michigan Union Ballroom.

Maize Mirchi sings a blend of Indian, Western and fusion music in the a capella tradition, without instruments, and all of their arrangements are student-written. They have performed at the University of Michigan Indian American Student Association Show (the largest Indian American student-run production in the nation), Dandia Dhamaka (an intercollegiate Raas-Garba competition), Michigan A Cappella Council’s MACFest and more. They recently placed second in Gathe Raho, the nationwide South Asian a cappella contest held at the University of Iowa.

Maize Mirchi writes in an email: “Join us as our superhero alter egos save the world on the big screen, while we sing live Bollywood and American fusion music.”

The University of Michigan’s Taal fusion dance team will also be performing at the event. Taal is an all-women South Asian fusion dance team that incorporates a variety of styles such as Bollywood, Bhangra, Hip-hop and Indian Classical into their choreography.

Tickets can be reserved online at - $6 for students and $10 for non-students. Samosas will also be sold.

However, you do not need samosas to convince you to come. Click here to hear them sing!

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a second-generation Chinese American from California who now divides her time between Ann Arbor and the Big Island of Hawaii. She is editor of Asian American Village, lead multicultural contributor for and a contributor for New America Media's Ethnoblog. She is a popular speaker on Asian Pacific American and multicultural issues. Check out her Web site at, her blog at and reach her at