"aam zameen: common ground" - Kiran Ahluwalia

Kiran Ahluwalia
Kiran Ahluwalia - aam zameen: common ground


Kiran Ahluwalia featuring Tinariwen
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  • artist:Kiran Ahluwalia
  • featured artist:Kiran Ahluwalia, Tinariwen, Terakaft
  • release year:2011
  • style(s):Indian, Touareg
  • country:India
  • formats:CD (Compact Disc)
  • record posted by:Avokado Artists / ¡Globalquerque!
  • label:Avokado Artists Recordings
  • publisher:Kiran Music
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Kiran Ahluwalia’s JUNO Award-winning album "aam zameen: common ground" is an inspiring step forward in the evolution of an artist who, while firmly rooted in Indian music, is continually embracing sounds and influences from around the world. Having previously merged her music with sounds as diverse as Portuguese fado and Celtic fiddle, this time Kiran - a multi-award winning artist including a JUNO and a "Songlines/WOMAD Award" - has embraced her love of Saharan desert blues and collaborated with two Tuareg groups: the legendary Tinariwen and the up-and-coming group of fellow tribesmen, Terakaft. Having spent almost three years incubating and developing the concept, the tipping point came when Ahluwalia met famed Robert Plant and Tinariwen producer, Justin Adams while on tour in Europe in 2009. Adams was immediately interested in the project and soon Kiran and Tinariwen’s leader Ibrahim Ag Alhabib (the man credited with inventing the signature Tuareg electric guitar style) were making plans for the first studio session.

The album also features award-winning Ghanian ritti player, Juldeh Camara and cutting-edge New York jazz guitarist, Rez Abbasi. The lead track, “Mustt Mustt” is a fresh new take on the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Michael Brook classic. The video for “Mustt Mustt” features footage of the Paris studio sessions with Tinariwen and Kiran. The CD was co-produced by Jutin Adams & Rez Abbasi.

By any measure, "aam zameen: common ground", is a remarkable document of the life-changing musical journey Ahluwalia has travelled in the last few years. With full national publicity and radio tracking campaigns soon underway and a great national tour in place, look for Kiran Ahluwalia to make some noise and turn some heads....