Jharkhandi folkpop; digital & tribal

Johar! (hello, thank you & goodbye in one MUndari greeting)
Time for more Indian folkpop, some tunes I picked up from the jungle state of Jharkhand with a fine flavor of tribal sounds in electronic spheres.

This pure, tribal song is from an mp3 disc filled with lo-fi cassette recordings as you can hear in the nice monochromed hiss. Special drums in tribal tongue, great tune.

Chotka Dewa More – Untitled

To get more digital, here 2 smash tunes from a Kiran Audio mp3 disc. Quite the dance stuff for Jharkhandi disco floors and weddings (as we heard at that Munda tribal wedding)

Unknown – Jay Raho Tor Ghare

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Unknown – Tor Ghare Jaboo Hole

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And to top it off, some more flashy folkpop tunes from Kiran Audio as presented/produced by one Yesu Raj -which actually means ‘Jesus the king’, a subtle alias or real name?- This bizarre, electronic tune just has something special, don’t you think?

Unknown – Chay Na Piyabe

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This week is gonna be an exciting, busy and bizarre week with a lot of moving around. We have just spent 2 nights in Balangir (apparently India’s hottest place in summer; 50 degees) through an invitation of our friend Bijaya. Yesterday we’ve met a locally famous Sambalpuri label boss/movie director and he asked my girl Ness to act/dance in one of his Sambalpuri dance video’s. How could she say no? 😉  so we’ll return to Balangir next week for some video clip fun.

Tonight we’re taking a sleeper train to the tribal area’s of southern Orissa. On Monday there will be a 3 day tribal folk festival at the small town of Naurangapur and a good opportunity to get some recordings done. After that we’ll go deeper into tribal territory around the Koraput area, an area that apparently has a lot of Naxalite (maoist) activity, so we’ll have to keep a low profile (which is something that every smart traveler in India does anyway). Much fun to be had, so we hope to be online from time to time to update our blog from these tribal parts.

Enjoy the sounds!

2 comments

  • Process RebelUp November 2, 2010

    Great post Seb! News from the road is always extra special. Can’t wait to hear and see the clip with Vanessa!

  • Rebel Up! Seb Bass November 4, 2010

    hah, it’s fun finding good sounds like this and there’s SO MUCH of it too here which nobody in the west knows about. Ness has a bout of infection with fever and recovering with antibiotics, so it’s not sure if we’ll manage to get to the shooting.

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