Traditional-classical music from Pakistan and India with the participation of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, New Bharat Brassband de Bangalore & Rangpuhar Langa Group.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
He was born in 1948 in Faisalabad, Pakistan. Khan became the most famous interpreter of qawwali music, music deeply rooted in Islamic Sufism. It is a tradition passed down from father to son and Nusrat’s family has been playing the music for over six hundred years. Besides his striking appearance (Khan weighed about 150 kilos), he was notable for his enormous range and long shots. Western listeners discovered Khan’s music because it showed up on movie soundtracks. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died of cardiac arrest in 1996. CD. Traditional India (track: 1-2-3). LABEL: Navras Records (2003), code: NRCD 0172/3. VIDEO
New Bharat Brassband de Bangalore.
Every self-respecting Indian city has a hundred of these brass bands. Their main job is to escort the groom from the family home to the bride’s home and back. The New Bharat Fanfare Corps de Bangalore consists mainly of relatives of the owner and sons of retired or deceased corps members. The fame of this corps has now transcended India. Since 1992 they also give performances in Europe. On this album they perform arrangements of Indian movie melodies and Western evergreens. CD. Fanfare de marriage – New Bharat Brassband de Bangalore (track: 1-2-3). LABEL: Buda musique (1996), code: 925902. VIDEO
Rangpuhar Langa Group.
Music from the Langa gypsies of Rajasthan, a state in northwestern India bordering Pakistan, the part of India that has absorbed the least Western influence.
Instruments include harmonium (a reed organ), dhol (two-headed, barrel-shaped drum), and dholak (small drum).
CD. Tribal music from Rajasthan – Rangpuhar Langa Group (track: 8-11). LABEL: Arc Music (2006), code: EUCD 2013. VIDEO