east meets west // mumford & sons and dharohar project
When someone refers to an East meets West collaboration, I normally think about electronica, fusing elements of eastern instruments with techno, drum’n’bass or dubstep.
But not this time! … The English quartet, Mumford and Sons together with their touring partner and Mercury-Prize winner Laura Marling engaged on a true musical cultural exchange.
They engage in an immense collaborate with a nine member collective of Rajasthani musicians, based in Delhi, known as The Dharohar Project.
For those of you who have heard of/are a fan of Mumford and Sons, you’ll be familiar with their sounds – the affectionate and lively double bass, bango and accordion backed folk music. Now picture this united with traditional folk music of Rajasthan – the soaring male and female vocals, energetic drums and stunning lyrics.
When I first heard this EP, the tracks literally gave me goosebumps – I’ve never heard anything like this! Its intense, passionate, vibrant and most of all – the music transcends languages … what a collaboration!
Devil’s Spoke / Sneh Ko Marg
To Darkness / Kripa