Ghazalaw
Tauseef and Gwyneth walking in Hafod, St Hilary, where Ghazal and Welsh folk first met! Photo by Sukh and Mindy
Gwyneth and Tauseef in the Round House, St Hilary. Photo by Sukh and Mindy
The band on a sunny break from recording at the Round House. Photo: Carolina Vasques
Recording at the Round House with the maestro Charlie Francis. Photo by Ethos photography
Socks, strings and smiles! Photo: Ethos photography.
Manas Kumar. Photo: Ethos photos
Georgia Ruth. Photo: Ethos photography
Ashish Jha. Photo: Ethos photography
Sanjoy Das (our little ray of sunshine). Photo: Ethos photos

Songs

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Line up

  • Ashish Jha (Tabla)
  • Georgia Ruth (Harp, vocals)
  • Gwyneth Glyn (Vocals, guitar)
  • Manas Kumar (Violin)
  • Sanjoy Das (Guitar)
  • Tauseef Akhtar (Vocals, harmonium)

Links

WOMEX 13 Official Showcase Selection

Ghazalaw is a fusion of Welsh folk songs and Indian Ghazal, both of which evolve from ancient poetic forms that share surprising affinities. These are harmoniously embodied in the meeting of the Mumbai singer Tauseef Akhtar and Cardiff singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn, whose voices blend seamlessly on songs of both worlds to the accompaniment of Welsh harp, Indian violin, tabla, guitar and harmonium. Tauseef and Gwyneth were introduced to each other in autumn 2012 by mutual friend, famed Welsh mastering engineer Donal Wheelan, and began to develop the project, supported by Wales Arts International. Later that year Gwyneth and harpist Georgia Ruth Williams travelled to Mumbai and performed with Tauseef and his musicians. In January 2013, they returned to the Roundhouse to record their first album, successfully weaving two seemingly disparate traditions together into a mutually inspiring whole.