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classic indian rock icons Parikrama & Agnee // i believe ~ the dewarists [s01e04]

Fellow music addicts … Its that time of the week again, the next episode of the Dewarists – a new original series. Part music documentary and part travelogue, the show features inspiring musicians collaborating to create original music while traveling to locations across India.

This week, from the lush green hills of Panshet, to the bustle of Pune, Episode 4 sees the union of two of India’s long-standing classic rock icons — Parikrama and Agnee. Adding flavor to the collaboration is the lilting voice of acclaimed playback singer Shilpa Rao.

Enjoy


bombay black 1999/2002 [free download]

Bombay Black was a collective of musicians and bands formed in 1999 in Bombay (not known as Mumbai yet). Featuring a spectrum of electronic, rock, fusion, vocal and jazz elements, this collective created a genuine ruckus in the indie music circles of India circa 2000.

Produced by Lindsay D, Samrat B, Paresh K & Randolf C, these two albums remain to date as the most progressive ventures taken up to represent the underground subculture brewing in Bombay. Influences of acid-jazz, drum&bass, trip hop, post-rock and ambient melodic stints can be heard on these songs as much as unique hybrid forms concocted locally.

Read the rest over at audiopervert’s (Samrat B) blog … big respect to Samrat for making the albums available for free download!

Download the albums below:

BOMBAY BLACK VOLUME ONE
http://www.mediafire.com/?xvoh7a1av99ubj3

BOMBAY BLACK VOLUME TWO
http://www.mediafire.com/?865l03yfgjad4zc


Shammi Pithia and Hari Sivanesan at Southbank [26/07/11]

The evening of two halves was introduced by the Asian Music Circuit who curated the night’s performances. The first half of the show was a collaboration of two cultures – that of India and Cuba via London. Hari Sivanesan, a Veena player and Pirashanna Thevarajah, a thunderous Mridangam maestro both London born were joined by two wonderful musicians from Cuba, the much-admired Cuban violinist Omar Puente and percussionist Oscar Martinez.

This quartet unravelled a beautiful concoction of sounds that amalgamated the structure and discipline of the South Indian Carnatic style with the more playful jazz laced rhythms of Cuba. Contrary to what people may think, these two styles marry well. This is beautifully demonstrated on the track “Vio-Veena” (written by Puente) which as the name suggests was an exchange between the Violin and Veena, against a backdrop of Indian and Cuban percussion.

“Maa” (meaning Mother) was a commissioned piece (written by Hari) for the show, which as Hari described is about the message of the mother’s love through melody – representing a journey of lullabies from various cultures around the world.

 A fabulous display of musical vigour!

After a short break, Shammi Pithia and his band FLUX were up … This was certainly a treat for the audience as they got to experience some of the tracks from his new EP “Paredolia” (OUT NOW). Shammi was joined on stage with some of the finest home grown musicians London has to offer:

  • Michael Goodey on piano, guitar, synthesiser, sitar.
  • Ian Newton-Grant drums, percussion
  • Suroj Sureshbabu guitars
  • Salima Barday double bass
  • Preetha Narayanan violin
  • Alice Barron violin
  • Natasha Zielazinski cello
  • Damien Langkamer electric bass

There were some magnificent renditions from his first EP “Cinema for the Ears” and debut album “Audio Descriptive” and a couple of FLUX tracks – The Seeker, Poem without Words, Overcome, Pacifist and Ajnabee Anjani, to name a few.

Singing on the night was a pool of talent: the very soulful Ambika Jois who showcased her tremendously powerful voice with such charisma. The classical vocalist Unnati Dasgupta, Urban/R’n’B artist Ash King and providing Hindustani classical vocals was the spectacular Jatanil Banerjee, who moved the crowd with Ajnabee Anjani.

What a second half! – the audience were certainly wowed, after the show there was a buzz in the atmosphere. The crowd’s reaction was a direct result of the hard work of bringing together 12 people (no easy task) and executing that show like it was a walk in the park. Watching them on stage was a brilliant, smiles and banter amongst the musicians made the set more enjoyable to experience!

I’ve been following Shammi’s music since the release of his first EP and the progress he has made is outstanding. He is certainly building a solid name for himself as a composer/producer and multi-instrumentalist. As I tweeted on the night “Composers when in their element must be connected to the divine. It requires a certain level of genius to achieve this” and that is Shammi!

 My respects go out to all the musicians and singers who performed on the night … it was a night of epic proportions!

*Thanks to Kabir Gobin for providing the video footage.


Making a difference through Music | Project Ahimsa: Global Lingo

Imagine X-Factor or Pop Idol,but where all the contestants are children who have grown up foraging and slogging in some of the poorest areas in the world. However, at Manav Sadhna (NGO at an ashrams adhering to the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Ahmedabad Gujarat) instead of picking rags, they’re picking out RAGAs and instead of scouring for their next meal on the streets; they scour their imaginations for the perfect lyrics.

Our main goal in the end, was just to demonstrate what these kids can do if they have an opportunity.

Vijay Chattha (Project Ahimsa co-founder and album executive producer)

You may think this is a Slumdog remake, but this is for real and its strength has been captured on Global Lingo (Project Ahimsa), bringing together the talents of these youngsters nurtured by Project Ahimsa. Global Lingo is a pioneering benefit project like no other. The album unites disadvantaged children to join forces with artists and activists to create an album that speaks the universal language of music.

Music can heal and connect communities. We all just need to understand one another. Global Lingo proves it can happen through music.

Robin Sukhadia (International Grants Program Director)

Renowned musicians, producers, DJs such as Michael Franti and Spearhead (San Francisco), Karsh Kale (NYC/UK), J-Boogie (San Francisco), Funkadesi (Chicago), Tablapusher (San Francisco), DK (NYC), Sunny Jain (San Francisco), Janaka Selecta (LA), Mandeep Sethi, Bobby Friction (UK) and many more have donated or come together to record and remix original tracks for the Global Lingo CD project.

To turn diverse sounds into a single sonic experience, Chattha turned to Project Ahimsa’s friends, DJs and electronic music gurus like DK Bollygirl and dimmSummer, to bring the tracks together into one DJ set that flows from funky Afrobeat (Rocky Dawuni’s “Africa for Learn”) to Punjabi reggae (Funkadesi’s “Dolare”).

This is a musical celebration of diversity, delivering funky rhythms of reggae, bhangra, hip hop and electronica in a truly global compilation album.

This is a product of how Music can make a difference.

Recently a few of my friends came together to form a unique retail space called Sahai. Based in Central London, Sahai seeks to connect communities and support livelihoods through beautifully hand-crafted products from across the world.

Sahai stocks handmade paper products from a Manav Sadhna. Through the Manav Sadhna Earn & Learn programme, children gain an outlet for their creativity, a warm meal and access to a basic education. Without this whtye would otherwise be forced due to their personal circumstances into street labour – polishing shoes, picking rags, selling water pouches etc.

This beautiful project seeks to communicate the lives of these children and build a relationship far beyond the products. The voice of the children rings loud at the Sahai shop each time we hear their voices on the ‘Let them sing’ CD produced with the help of the Ahmisa Project.

 


nucleya – Horn Ok Please

Nucleya aka. Udyan Sagar is vastly contributing to the dubstep/electronica and bollywood scene in India. After splitting up from Bandish Projekt, Udyan has gone about inventing his sounds.

Redefining the indian electronica scene by creating a fusion of complex cut up edits and unheard indian sounds, with cutting edge production and genre-defying rhythms. For the love of indian electronica and a desire to create what would be indian electronica in the future, nucleya is making music that he wants to hear because no one else has made it for him.

Horn OK Please is the latest venture by Nucleya towards a new direction of Bollywood Remix culture. After Nucleya remixed the track “Uff Teri Adaa” for Farhan Akhtar film “Karthik Calling Karthik”, A mix for Rahem Kare, a track from film “Cash” and many more.

Nucleya aims is to push Bollywood music to the international dance music charts, by inventing a cutting-edge blend of new-generation electronic music and everlasting Bollywood tracks. This Album Features Artists like MCJD from Canada and SoundAvtar and Shivang from India.

www.nucleya.com | myspace.comsoundcloud

Atomizer – Midival Punditz (Nucleya Remix)

Beat 1 – Nucleya


a new day – laya project remixed

EarthSync, a record label and audio-visual production company in Chennai, South India. As a world music record label, EarthSync works with “roots music through which cultures express themselves across time”.

EarthSync released Laya Project, a “personal and collective musical tribute to the resilience of the human spirit”, and is dedicated to the survivors of the 26th December 2004 Asian tsunami. A team of sound engineers and camera men took a two-year journey through six tsunami-afftected countries, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Maldives and Myanmar, and recorded film footage. Laya Project producers Patrick Sebag and Yotam Agam recorded local musicians and treated the folk sounds with beautiful downtempo electronica, as tasteful in its application as it is universal in its appeal.

Five years after the Laya Project journey began, urban music embraces diverse traditions and cultures in Laya Project’s musical celebration of life. A New Day – Laya Project Remixed offered the More than twenty of the planet’s top world music DJs the opportunity to choose a track to dabble with for the project.

BUY HERE: earthsync store

laya project :: rain buddha -dimmSummer remix [sample]

Ya Allah { Sufi Dubstars aka Celt Islam & DJ Umb remix feat Dawoud Kringle } Laya Project

Laya Mantra (Kartick & Gotam Yalla Mantra Remix)

Remixers on ‘A New Day’:

Pitch Black | EarthRise SoundSystem | Bhakti Brothers, feat. MC Yogi | Desert Dwellers | Eastern Spirit | Ferenz Kallos | Shaman’s Dream | DJ Pathaan | Bombay Dub Orchestra | Karsh Kale | Chris Zippel | Dub Gabriel | Celt Islam | DJ Umb | Dawoud Kringle | Cheb i Sabbah | MIDIval PunditZ | Kaya Project | Kartick & Gotam | dimmSummer | Nickodemus | Fabian Alsultany