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JLF 2014 music stage set for global music fusion

by RajasthanDirect
Jan 09, 2014

Jaipur Literature Festival prepared to make JLF 2014 a more entertaining event this year. Jaipur Literature Festival 2014 music stage will be featured by artists from all over the world providing a global fusion of music in a programme along with varsatile dance forms at Hotel Clarks Amer.

On the opening day, JLF visitors can look forward to the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, which debuted in 1995. Also on display on the first day will be the best of Rajasthani folk expression, the Kutle Khan Project led by Khan, a multi-talented folk musician. Extending the folk theme will be the internationally acclaimed Colleena Shakti, a dancer of great sensuous subtlety. Following that will be the extraordinary talent of Queen Harish, the dancing whirling queen of the desert of India.

The day two line-up includes the exciting Ska Vengers, a Delhi-based band which blends ‘ska’ rhythms (a modern style of Jamaican pop music that emerged in the 1950s) with elements of dub, punk, jazz and rap to produce a form of music that is refreshingly different. GODS ROBOTS, a global collaboration between Mumbai-based vocalist ShriiK (Shridevi Keshavan) and San Francisco-based electronic music producer Janaka Selekta (Janaka Atugoda) will light up the stage on the January 18. Taking over the stage in the late evening will be Suhail, a devoted Sarangi player, a descendant of the Moradabad-Rampur and Senia Gharana of Miyaan Tansen, this multi-faceted musician is also the singer/songwriter/sarangi player for the popular fusion act Advaita.

On January 19, three of the most acclaimed bands Asian Underground, Karsh Kale, Midival Punditz and God’s Robots will come together to perform a musical concert to pay homage to their musical mentor Cheb i Sabbah, a DJ, composer and musician who passed away in November 2013. He was the festival’s resident DJ and musical muse for seven years. Sabbah’s legacy as the Algerian godfather of the Asian Underground movement lives on and over the years has become a mentor to generations of artists and listeners, who still find common ground on the dance floor. The festival brings Karsh and the Punditz together in an unseen way since their legendary 2002’s Asian Massive Tour, which once featured Cheb i Sabbah himself. Today the concert will climax in a guest appearance of another great fusion band, which looked up to Sabbah for inspiration: God’s Robots.

Also, Algeria will be well represented on the music stage this time with the extraordinary cult nomadic band Tinariwen formed in the deserts of Tamanrasset, Algeria and later Mali-the African counterpart of Rajasthan-are renowned now as Africa’s well acclaimed world music exporters. The band’s fifth album Tassili won the award for Best World Music Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.

Tinariwen will close the show on January 20 in collaboration with the great Kiran Ahluwalia, whose jugalbandhi with Tinariwen, Mustt Mustt, won last year’s Songlines’ Newcomer of the Year award and the World Music Album of the Year. Kiran Ahluwalia is an Indo-Canadian singer, who performs songs of love yearning sensual love and Sufi mysticism. Her repertoire includes Sufi classics and her own compositions in which she explores bold new territories. The concert will open with Sonam Kalra & The Sufi Gospel Project.

src: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Jaipur-Literature-Festivals-music-stage-to-fuse-global-music-influences/articleshow/28570087.cms

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