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
Two truly innovative musicians come together to form a breathtaking combination. Their latest collaboration aptly titled “Together”, brings their formidable talents and skills to unravelling fresh soundscapes set in a classical music backdrop.
I cannot express my joy when I heard about this album – reasons are many, as I’m sure a lot of you will understand.
When I first saw them perform together in Manchester back in 2009, I was left in awe of the sounds that hit my ear drums. Read about the concert here:
Definitely one to look out for this year!!
Released April 2011 on ‘WOMEX label of the year 2010’ World Village
on CD in the UK and Download Worldwide.
Sample the 10 tracks from the album below: