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Gypsies of Rajasthan
Musafir
Gypsies of Rajasthan
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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At first sight it's only desert and plains, but the north­west Indian state of Rajasthan bares artists, that are the holy carriers of the spirituall traditions. The respect and high regard to art, philosophy and spirituali...  more »

      
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All Artists: Musafir
Title: Gypsies of Rajasthan
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Flame
Release Date: 4/15/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: India & Pakistan, India
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 789368628421

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At first sight it's only desert and plains, but the north­west Indian state of Rajasthan bares artists, that are the holy carriers of the spirituall traditions. The respect and high regard to art, philosophy and spirituality of its history is reflected in the every day life of the people. In the centers of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer there are many temples, monuments and the very special atmosphere, in which art is expressed in every form. Muslimes and Hindus live peacefully side by side and often honour the same sacred objects ­ as for instant ­ the temple Baba Ramdev in Runeja. Both have the same entrance to the sanctuary, but interpret them differently. These interpretations are reflected in the music. While the moslem artists hold strongly to the classic model, the hindu gypsies have a playful way of expressing the mythological themes. Choreography, dance, puppetry, snake charming and fakir shows, make the musical presentation to a show of illusion and magic. Hameed Khan, professional musician from Jaipur, initiated the band project MUSAFIR to present the music of Rajasthan to the rest of the world. After an experimental phase with multi cultural formations in Europe, the famous Tabla musician turned back to his original roots. The general freedom of the Rajasthani music and Hameed Khans knowledge, diktate the open performance and fusion of the Rajasthani folklore. Hammed Khan, who is constantly looking for new talents in Rajasthan, is named to be the great musicians of the "Gypsies of Rajasthan". The presentation of the songs on this CD, take you on a musical journey through Rajasthan. The song "Baba Ramdev", for example, is dedicated to the holy Ramdev, who is worshipped by both Muslims and Hindus. The song "Musafir ­ The Trip" shows the difficulty of the nomad life as a gypsy trying to meet fellow countrymen. As a live act ­ the music from MUSAFIR turns into a show of magic and illusions.

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CD Reviews

100% pure unadulterated rajasthani music
Renegade Division | India | 12/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Well to everyone who seems to be interested in this album, this music is purely what you going to find in Rajasthani roots, I am basically from Rajasthan and listening to such a soulful, unadulterated, pure music certainly gives me that feeling of nostalgia which you can only get by actually being to that place.
My father actually had wet eyes when he heard this music.
This music reminds me of what Rajasthan was. The wars, the kingdoms of Marwar, the Palace of Udaipur, great kings like Maharana Pratap, the smell of dust in Haldighati which saw the most gallant warriors dying for the country......
Even if you don't belong to Rajasthan you would not be untouched by the music. I bet if the music does not gives you goosebumps with the stories attached to the music from the gypsies who sing it."
Powerful yet gentle and soulful
Abhishek Singh | Illinois, United States | 02/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The music of this album is everything the reviewers say it is and more...I can never fail to be awed by how something so powerful and propulsive can be so gentle and soulful at the same time...everytime I listen to the litling voices of the Banjaras (gypsies) my eyes well over...it reminds me of the times gone by...bringing back memories I never had...This music rises from the earth and burrows right into your heart...
A must buy!
"
Fantastic
Ali S. ERDOGAN | MERSIN Turkey | 11/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is a must for Gypsy music fans...It is fantastic......"