Fake Shamans

Lahore, Pakistan



Behind the Music

We believe music has a power to achieve what no other tool can. It has the power to move people and break boundaries, while simultaneously reflecting the times we live in, much like journalism does. In melding the two together, there’s a greater purpose behind the music and message. 

As artists, we’ve never had the chance to use our music as a force for change. We were so inspired by the rawness of Ian’s journalism and, by partaking in this project, we hope to educate and inspire others to understand and act on the issues around us. With the help of music, we can enable a larger reach of the stories and messages in The Outlaw Ocean that captures the attention of more people.

Fake Shamans
About Fake Shamans

Exiled from the tribe which they befooled for many years, the Fake Shamans vanished from the jungles, never to be heard again. Stories of their antics lived on.

Earthy, Oriental and Mystical with presence of tiny dark tastes are only some of the words to describe their music. With incredible releases on Lump Records, Wildfang Music, Crossings and the well-respected record label Akbal Music, Fake Shamans is a brainchild of Mosh and Nukta, who are also running their own record label by the name of Fake Rituals.

Winner of the 2021 Scripps Howard Award for Excellence in Innovation in Journalism

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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