Hi folks,

I’m in India right now till the end of november, traveling around on the east side for fun and eating lots of good curries but also for a recording project that involves local pop and tribal music. Right now we’re in the jungle state of Jharkhand, in between and at the fringes of the jungle and tribal villages. If you’re interested to keep track of this travel project, check our Distant Words blog.

I just love local folkpop sounds of Indian subcontinent (of which my Folkpop Dhamaka Mashup mix is a fine example). I’ve already been collecting a lot of new folkpop stuff on this trip and last week I’ve got a lot of cheap mp3 cd’s in the Kolkata bazar shops with a selection of special Bengali, Santhali and Oriya music. It’s the music that the common man listens and parties to in buses or at weddings, as Bollywood or Bhangra music doesn’t rule every party in these parts of India; that’s mostly for the upperclass actually. This is the real and rougher sound of India that you otherwise don’t get to hear in our parts of the world.

Time for some local sounds to download, Here we go.

First some Bengali Modern Pop (as they call it).

Unknown – Pakka Pakka Aam (*the mango has ripened*, a mango season song!, as translated by my the Bengali girl next to me in the internet cafe)

now a tribal Santhali *Super Hit* song. The Santals are a tribe who live in West-Bengal and the neighbouring states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Assam.

Tetaram – Dining Lekhai (no clue what the song means).

The digital tribal *Sambalpuri* music of Orissa is one of my most favorite folkpop styles of the Indian subcontinent, always a bizarre tempting sound. In Orissa we will try to visit some tinsel-town Sambalpuri studio’s and start our project of recording some local music.

Unknown – Suna Nahin Chandi Nahin (my Oriya is less than basic, but I think it’s something like; *hear nothing, see nothing* and the fella is going on about his *premika* wife/fiancee)

Unknown – Mui Phulwali (no clue what it means), but this typical Sambalpuri vocoder sound is good fun, as it’s an Oriyan/Sambalpuri take on a Bollywood song.

and some special culinary experience. Below the Raj Kachori snack, which seemed a good idea to order but didn’t go down so well. It was a real spice bomb of chillies, heavy massala and many undefined flavours. I like a lot of Indian tastes, but not this one (except some of the lentils and potato’s inside). The kesari milkshake (saffron!) was a much better choice, anything with saffron in it works for me. Same for the coconut kulfi icecream with some kesari (yes, again saffron) in it. Just lovely. And oh, Kolkata is a great cultural city to visit!

And oh! should you be in Holland next week > on Sat. 30th of October there will be another fine Rebel Up! party in Amsterdam, with special guests Issa Bagayogo from Mali, Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp from Switzerland and the diasporic Rebel Up! dj’s. Check it out on our site or also see the event on FB.

Enjoy the sounds y’all!


  1. yeah, West Bengal (or especially Kolkata) is a great cultural place. but music-wise & for tribal culture, the state of Orissa (just south of WB) is way more special, especially for rough drum rhythms! People heavy into drum sounds should really visit the tribal area’s during festival season (which is now; November). so strange that there are no tourists here for it, except those lazy ones dwelling at the beach in Puri.

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