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Invigorating Cross-Genre Expressions by Kiran Ahluwalia

Kiran Ahluwalia ? 7 billion (Kiran Music, 2018) Composer and vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia is an explorer and innovator in the field of modern Indian music. On her 6-track album 7 Billion she incorporates the energy of electric guitar, organ and bass, along with drum set, tabla and global percussion. 7 billion is progressive world fusion, … Continue reading Invigorating Cross-Genre Expressions by Kiran Ahluwalia

The Winds and Echoes of the Andes

Los Ruphay ? A Cry For Revolution< - Earth Healing Music from Bolivia (ARC Records EUCD2795, 2018) It’s a 50th anniversary album for the band. They’re not as old as the Rolling Stones, but they’re older than the Internet, and they owe nothing to either. This is music that percolated through relative isolation, part Inca … Continue reading The Winds and Echoes of the Andes

Soweto Gospel Choir to Celebrate Nelson Mandela’s Centennial July 18th with A Song From Their Upcoming Album Freedom

On September 14, 2018 Soweto Gospel Choir will release its sixth Shanachie Entertainment recording, Freedom, a collection of freedom songs from South Africa and beyond, marking the Centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Soweto Gospel Choir Music Director Diniloxolo Ndlakuse said, “The significance of Nelson Mandela’s 100th commemoration to South Africans is, firstly and foremost a … Continue reading Soweto Gospel Choir to Celebrate Nelson Mandela’s Centennial July 18th with A Song From Their Upcoming Album Freedom

Captivating Sounds from the Greek Melting Pot

Loxandra Ensemble – In Transition (Dalit-Music, 2018) Loxandra Ensemble, one of the finest world music acts from the eastern Mediterranean, has released a flavorful album titled In Transition. The Greek band delivers a superb mix of traditional Greek music, Turkish influences, Gypsy swing, Sephardic, salsa, Middle Eastern and Balkan sounds. The band features an outstanding, … Continue reading Captivating Sounds from the Greek Melting Pot

Artist Profiles: Debashish Bhattacharya

India’s Debashish Bhattacharya is one of the greatest slide guitarists in the world. He has, both through creating the actual design of the instrument, and with his incredible talent and discipline, elevated the Hindustani slide guitar to be the highest evolution of slide guitar anywhere. Debashish started Indian music from his parents before he learned … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Debashish Bhattacharya

Artist Profiles: Buddhadev Das Gupta

Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta was a virtuoso performer who created a uniquely modern style rooted in a profound knowledge and feeling for raga music. He will be remembered along with giants such as Vilayat Khan, Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan for defining instrumental music in North India after independence. Buddhadev was born in Bihar in … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Buddhadev Das Gupta

Artist Profiles: Brij Bhushan Kabra

Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra was born in 1937. Her was a senior disciple of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and pioneered the use of the guitar in Hindustani music. He recorded widely, and was perhaps best known for the album “Call of the Valley,” which he recorded with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. He … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Brij Bhushan Kabra

Artist Profiles: Bombay S Jayashri

Bombay S Jayashri is a star of Carnatic music. She received her initial training from her parents. She learned under the guidance of Smt T R Balamani Ammal of Bombay. Since 1989, she has been under the guidance and tutelage of the renowned violin maestro, Padmashri Lalgudi G Jayaraman. Since then, she has been continuously … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Bombay S Jayashri

Artist Profiles: Biplab Bhattacharya

Biplab Bhattacharya Biplab was born in 1975 and was encouraged to play tabla at an early age by his father, Prof Kanai Bhattacharya (senior most disciple of Pandit Kanai Dutta). He studied with Pandit Shankar Ghosh and Pandit Arabinda Ghosh at Bengal Music College (Calcutta). He is a recipient of several awards including: Sangeet Kalakar … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Biplab Bhattacharya

Artist Profiles: Bickram Ghosh

A percussionist of exceptional quality, Bickram Ghosh received his training from his father Shankar Ghosh and the great maestro Gyan Prakash Ghosh. He has accompanied leading artists including Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, V.G. Jog and the late Munawar Ali Khan. His work with Tarun Bhattacharya, both in international touring and recording, brought his music … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Bickram Ghosh