Telugu is BIG!

Hi all,

I’m back in eurolandia and not enjoying this fierce, snowy cold here brrrr. My girl is sick with a heavy cold and jetlag, why did we come back? Anyway, I still got some more Indian folkpop posts in the tube of collected stuff from the trip. It’s all Telugu in this one,  collected in the coastal city of Vishakapatnam. <em>Artam owtundaa</em>….. avunu / kadu? Say wha’? Let’s go.

Telugu is the (quite difficult) language of Andhra Pradesh, the biggest state of South India and it’s the cultural divider of Dravidian influences to neighbouring states (Dravidians are  the “original” Indians since old times). Telugu culture has its own movie industry, movie music and folkpop music that reach deep allover South India. Time for some Telugu music and its rapid beats for those with quick feet and 3 lungs!

Here some songs I got off an mp3 disc with about 150 Telugu folk songs from the tribal Telangana part of Andhra Pradesh. After some little web research on Telanganga culture it seems that most of the songs on this disc is about the wish for an independent Telangana state. Political folkpop indeed. The message will be lost on us but our bodies might react better to the beats.

unknown artist – Rajanna Yenukamundu Chusudendi (8 mins!)

some smashing glass, gun shots and bomb in this one, wha!

unknown artist – Uru Telangana

unknown artist – Janedu Betthedu

The second Telugu folkpop mp3 disc is without a political message (I think) and ruled by female artists. Most of the songs on it have been digitalised to mp3’s from grainy cassettes. The cassette industry is still big in local folkpop scenes, so it’s normal for releases to first appear on cassette and only later on cd or mp3.

Chinnikayalu Pandinaye – Vayyari Bhama

Janapadha Sogasulu – Track 1

The 3rd cd goes boyond the folkpop category and more into modern day Telugu movie (filmy music) times, gone with the traditional clothing and such. The sexy front cover says enough right? Here you get tougher produced beats, advanced recording techniques, fusion of styles and presto; a sound to rival the Bollywood sound, which is exactly what it does.

Subbaravo Subbaravo track 3

here a Telugu dancehall funk grinder, so easy to fit in your sets:

Na Mate Vintara track 4

I could go on and on sharing all this stuff here on GB, there’s so much good stuff on all these mp3 cd’s. But where’s the time? I’ve still got stacks to go through. As you all know how *fresh* music can absorb you totally, like a spell (or curse) either way how you see it. 😉

The best would be to get to play Indian folkpop & dance sets more often, where ever possible, as it’s not an easy sound to bring to people unfamiliar with it. If anyone is interested of having me over to play such a set, I’ll be one happy man. Just drop me a line.

By the way, should you be in Tuscany, Italy this weekend; I’m playing in Firenze at the Crystal party in the Korova Milk Bar. Expect a clash between global funk, worldly psychedelica pop & other underground jewels. Party starts at 23:00. See here or here for more info.

See you until the next folkpop post somewhere next week. Hope you enjoyed!

Rebel Up! Seb

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