"Live at Amarrass Desert Music Festival 2011" - Various Artists (Amarrass Records)

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    Various Artists (Amarrass Records)
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    Vieux Farka Toure, Lakha Khan, Madou Sidiki Diabate, Barmer Boys
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There is something about the vast openness of the desert that translates so easily from culture to culture, from the pungent sands of the Thar desert in India’s Rajasthan to the untamed Sahara of Mali’s fabled city of Timbuktu.

The innovative Amarrass Desert Music Festival of 2011, recorded in the shadow of New Delhi’s ancient Siri Fort, captures both the quiet contemplation of Madou Sidiki Diabaté’s kora music, and the boisterous celebration of the Barmer Boys’ roots-infused Sufi music. That all these styles come from the same sandy roots is clear in the final track, when Diabate, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré and Rajasthani masters Lakha Khan, Dane Khan and the Barmer Boys take the stage together for one last jam.

The album features 8 tracks from two days of the festival recordings made on November 26 and 27, 2011 in New Delhi, India.


Various Artists (Amarrass Records)


Amarrass Desert Music Festival 2011 (album front, back) Amarrass Desert Music Festival 2011 (album cover)

Track List

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Awakening (Raag Sorath) - Lakha Khan

A beautiful instrumental with the sindhi sarangi and dholak


Kesariya Balam - Nihal Khan

Nihal Khan is considered the 'Surdas' of the Manganiyars, a reference to the blind poet and singer from 15th century India


Pir Murshid Haiyad Ka Kalaam - Barmer Boys

A Sufi kalaam (praise song) that showcases the powerful, nuanced voice of Mangey Khan


All The Same - Vieux Farka Toure

Vieux Farka Toure's first tour of India, performing at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival


Meeting of the Minstrels

Desert blues and roots jam with musicians from Mali and Rajasthan, India

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