Desert Slide

Desert Slide

 Paris, Île-de-France, FRA

The songs and dances deba, practiced exclusively by women and girls, evoke great Sufi ceremonies celebrating the birth of the Prophet. deba has won the price "France Musique 2009"



Desert Slide(Rajasthan, North India)

The spiraling sounds of the mohan veena intertwine with the vocal harmonies of Anwar Khan Manghaniyar, in a sort of long tracking shot through the immensity of the desert.

As a grammy awarded for the project recorded as a duo with Ry Cooder in 1994, Vishwa Mohan Batt is one of the few Indian musicians who is known by Westerners. This former Ravi Shankars student manufactured the Mohan Veena, a guitar which combines the features of indian traditionnal string instruments with the ones of the north-american Slide Guitar, the most beautiful characteristics of which he keeps sublimating.

For this project, this virtuoso, who is native of Rajasthan, joined his gipsy fellow countrymen, the Divana, whose talents are today very well known. As part of the caste of the Langas and Manganyars musicians, who formerly devoted themselves to Maharadjahs, these artists met with success in Europe trough the groups Divana and Chota Divana. In this project, they demonstrate an almost absolute grace thanks to the singing of the great Anwar Khan as well as the playing and the mastery of saranguis and percussions (tablas, double drum Dholak and the castanets Kartl).

Thanks to the aerial glissandi of the Mohan Veena and the shimmering lyricism of the Gipsys, this meeting has created a powerful and bright music. Recorded in an obvious magical one shot elan, the record combines pagan and divine love songs, which were taken from an ancestral songbook. This meeting, which is halfway between savant hindoustani art, folk traditions of the Thar desert and an elegant modernity, is a musical jewel.



Written By: Mohan Bhatt

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