East West Local
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East West Local

Kolkata, Bengal, India | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Kolkata, Bengal, India | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Folk Experimental




"East West Local belts out folk music with a twist at Music For Peace, with t2"

Singer Debalina Bhowmick met bass guitarist Steven Francis in Mumbai around 2010. It was a dream come true for her as Steven, who was a known face in the 1970s Calcutta music scene, has always been her inspiration. Then she met Carlos Gonsalves and Elvis Lobo, both Goa-based musicians. Soon she realised that all of them could jam with some of the musicians she knew from Calcutta, namely Golam Fakir, Sonatan Das and Mohan Tati. Thus was born the world music band East West Local. “When I perform in Calcutta I feel I’m sitting in my house and singing. I feel an instant connect with the audience here. My band comprises musicians from different genres and backgrounds but we are one another’s fan,” she told t2 after her group’s performance at Music For Peace Concert, organised by PRSI Kolkata Chapter and banglanatak dot com, in association with t2, at Nazrul Tirtha in New Town on November 25.
Golam Fakir, who was seen in Goutam Ghose’s Moner Manush and has performed across the world, was brilliant on the dotara. “I’ve seen too much on this soil. I have a song for every moment I can remember. It doesn’t bother me that I can’t speak the same language as most of the people here because music is a language in itself,” he said.
Elvis Lobo gave Calcutta a glimpse of what Goa gets to hear every other day. “I’ve always preferred the acoustic guitar, simply because the sound calms me and fills me with energy. I come from Goa where people are very musical and joyous. In Bengal music is a heritage, it’s in your DNA. When Debalina and Golam sing, I feel as if my guitar is on fire,” said the guitarist from Goa.
“I love watching Golam dance while performing. And these superstars from Goa have taken to folk music so easily. I love their jazz twist,” said Sonatan Das.
Carlos Gonsalves’s fingers move like a blur. “It’s very interesting to perform with Bengali musicians. I don’t understand the lyrics, I just see Debalina’s gestures describing the words and I get the hint,” he said. The percussionist has also performed for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL and for FC Goa in ISL.
“I’ll never forget the ’70s in Calcutta. I’m based in Mumbai but when it comes to classic jazz, this is the place to be. The music scene here has become stronger,” said bass guitarist Steven Francis, who used to perform with Usha Uthup in the ’70s.
Flautist Mohan Tati gave a mesmerising performance. - The Telegraph


East West Local- Transbangla
c&p2014 Banglanatak dot com (recorded @The Peninsula Studio, New Delhi)



Debalina Bhowmick and her team consisting of 3 talented rural musicians Golam Fakir, Sonatan Das and Mohan Tati were in Goa in Jun 2014 to perform at Art Escape, Baywatch and to release her maiden album, Chariya Manabgari. At the end of an excellent traditional folk show, Elvis Lobo and Carlos Gonsalves came up to the stage and started jamming with the group, it was sounding fantastic. Thus, in Sep the team met in Goa and did a workshop for 3 full days, created a combination music and the same was performed at Zoya. Immediately after that the same was recorded live at The Peninsula Studios, Delhi. This is how East West Local was formed presenting TransBangla Music. 

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