No Stranger Here

No Stranger Here, released on EarthSync to worldwide critical acclaim, features producers Business Class Refugees, Hindustani classical singer Shubha Mudgal and poet / spoken word artist Ursula Rucker exploring the poetry of Indian mystic and poet Kabir.


Bedouin am I
Traveller, journey woman
Trekking geographical terrain,
Seeking spiritual domain,
No home for me in the mundane trivial pursuits
Mediocrity and blissful ignorance, fake comfort, cardboard houses, low living

In search of higher ground,
Need to move to higher ground

Secular boudoirs call out to me,
Come lay here,
Come rest here,
Come numb your senses here,
In this bed of fear,
And temporal pleasures,
And captivity,
Until you no longer wish to be

So what like minds and souls,
Will understand and join me on this quest,
Despite the land
So vast and desolate at times,
Dry and unyielding,
Nothing growing,
Prospering, meaning only one thing
At times
Moist and fecund
Over flowing,
Full with knowing
Close my eyes,
See the earth,
Spread out before me,
Hills, and rivers,
Ravines, and meadows,
Close my eyes,
Envision heaven,
Grace and glory,

Looking for my place,
Where is my place

In search of higher ground,
Need to move to higher ground

Where is my place?

Looking for my place
Where is my place?
My lasting place
This provisional place dissatisfies me
Too false and flighty sometimes,
Too fearsome too faithless,
Concerns of flesh and bone
They plague me,
A necessity of humanity,
But still
They plague me,

In search of higher ground,
Need to move to higher ground

Where is my place?

Long to be
Long to be
In search of higher ground,
Need to move to higher ground

Where is my place?


Ursula Rucker


I am a stranger here
Who can I call out to?
I have no one
There is no one here for me
Who can I call out to in this strange land?
I have no-one


Saint Kabir
Sung by Shubha Mudgal


Ursula Rucker

Philadelphia's poet and performance artist Ursula Rucker enchants audiences with her diverse repertoire, captivating vocals and poetic verse. Ursula sees herself as an ambassador of culture, socio-political issues, truth, and love.

Critics compare Ursula to writers like Sonia Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni, and her work as part of a movement, particularly in hip-hop and urban music. 

She has performed her work at many venues, universities, and festivals including Montreaux Jazz Festival, Winter Music Conference, Theatre of the Living Arts, Painted Bride Art Center, and World Cafe's Live, toured extensively, and as an activist, headlined in Australia's FREEDOM Festival 2005. Beyond the 5 solo albums Supa Sista, Silver or Lead, ma'am mama, Ruckus Soundsysdom, and SHE SAID, she has worked on countless projects and collaborations like The Roots, 4 HERO, URB, VIBE, XXL, Panache, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Straight No Chaser to name a few.

Shubha Mudgal

Born in Allahabad to a family that embraced literature as well as Indian and western music, Shubha Mudgal was trained initially as a Khayal singer by Pandit Ram Ashreya Jha. Later, she received the guidance of Pandit Vinay Chandra Maudgalya, Pandit Vasant Thakar,  Smt. Naina Devi and legendary maestro Pt. Kumar Gandharva, becoming one of the most versatile and popular performers of the new generation of Hindustani musicians. She started performing as a classical singer in the 80s and gained a certain reputation as a talented singer who started experimenting with other forms of music, including pop and fusion.

As a composer, her mystical poems from the Muslim Sufi-tradition and of rare Hindu texts have been highly praised by critics. Shubha Mudgal composes for dance and ballet and writes music for films and television.

Shubha Mudgal has received National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Music Direction in 1996, the 1998 Gold Plaque Award for Special Achievement in Music and the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards in the Republic of India.


Business Class Refugees

Business Class Refugees is a global, collaborative project by music producer Patrick Sebag and sound designer Yotam Agam, who mix local music from around the world with electronica - electro - folk without borders, global flavors, and a cross-cultural mixture of emotions, realities, styles, languages and irresistible grooves.

Patrick Sebag is an acclaimed producer & musician who recorded the Gold-selling album "Shirat Rabim" ("Songs of the People") with international singer David D'Or and a band of Israel's finest musicians. Yotam Agam is a sound designer with a penchant for Asian sounds. Together, they collaborate with local musicians to overlay local artistic interpretation and signatures.

Patrick and Yotam have collaborated on many successful world music albums, films and shows, most notably Laya Project, the award-winning audio-visual documentary celebrating the music and cultural traditions of six countries affected by the 2004 Asian tsunami.