Discover India: Rajasthan – Silence of the Desert

Kohinoor Langa and Party

Discover India: Rajasthan – Silence of the Desert (Saregama)

This is a compilation of folk music from Rajasthan, and will particularly appeal to purists of culture and tradition. Unlike other lounge remixes of Rajasthani music, this album presents authentic folk music from the communities of the Langas and Mangariyas.

The 10 tracks cover a range of vocals, percussion, chants, and instrumental pieces. Our pick includes the hearty track Algoza. Those looking for contemporary urban music can look elsewhere, but this album is a good tribute to the folk roots of Indian music. Unfortunately the production of the CD case and liner notes are shockingly amateurish, but don’t let this deter you.

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CD Review by Madanmohan Rao, a Bangalore-based music editor & DJ, specializing in World Music and Jazz

Angel Romero

Angel Romero is the founder of World Music Central. He has been involved with the music business and media for over twenty years. Angel was a producer for Musica NA (TVE), an eclectic music TV show. In the mid-1990s he produced three boxed sets: Duende (flamenco), The Big Bang (world drums and percussion), and Planet Soup (world fusion and cross cultural collaborations) for Ellipsis Arts. He later founded world music label Alula Records. Alula's roster included flamenco guitar master Gerardo Núñez, kora virtuoso Mamadou Diabate, Hassan Hakmoun, Susan McKeown, Jamshied Sharifi, Tim O'Brien, Akira Satake and many more. Angel later founded World Music Portal which eventually became World Music Central.

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