FIVE RIVERS * Purchase VINYL here. * Watch out for 'Record Store Day' -- Five Rivers 'Gramophone Twelve Inch" Record', will be featured in the August 29th 2020 batch. (also Sept 26th 2020 & Oct 24th 2020)* Purchase CD here - https://najmaakhtar.bandcamp.com/album/five-rivers-cd
A musical journey that begins on the banks of the River Ganges in India to Africa with the River Niger, Great Britain, with the River Thames & Ireland’s River Shannon and finally across the Atlantic to the majesty of the great Mississippi River. I have used these historic waterways as an inspiration to explore and draw upon the synergies that exist between the ancient poetic art form of the Indian Ghazal with various African and Western musical genres.
FIVE RIVERS, can be best described as a confluence of the musical, poetic and linguistic traditions of the East and the West through the purity and beauty of voice.
Using selected covers, my interpretation of songs written by Donovan, Tim Hardin, Bryan MacLean, Rev Gary Davis and the mystical love poetry of W. B. Yeats has allowed me to compare the many shared reference points between the ancient tradition of Ghazal (romantic Urdu poetry) and the Western tradition of lyric poetry, both beautifully address the issues of unrequited loss, tragedy & disillusionment.
The musical arrangements of ‘Five Rivers’ reflect the interconnectivity, employing the Indian Harmonium, Violin, Tabla, Electric Guitar & Bass, the African Udo & N’goni all of which serve to support and enhance the profound soulfulness of voice and poetry……. The emphasis is that of the voice, that sings the Story, the Ghazal, the Ballad and the Blues.
released June 8, 2020
Musicians On Tracks, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11
Bass Guitar, John Deemer
Violin, Chris Haigh
Guitars, Ramon Goose
Percussion, Tabla, Udu, Cajon & Kit, Matt Fisher
Indian Harmonium, Vocals, Najma Akhtar
Violin, Ben Coleman, Tracks 1, 10
Daff/Tabla, Alok Verma, Track 1
Guitars, David Wilkins, Tracks 1, 5
Bass Guitar, John Deemer, Track 6
Guitars, J. Eoin, Track 6
N’goni, Max André Rademacher, Track 5
Violin, Matt Grabham, Track 5
Tabla, Sirish Manji, Track 9
String Section, Craig Gannon, Tracks 6, 9
Violin, Chris Haigh, Track 6
Total Running Time – 56 mins
Recorded & Engineered, Jason Emberton
Band Arrangements, Najma Akhtar, John Deemer, Ramon Goose,
Chris Haigh, Matt Fisher & David Wilkins
Rough Mixes, Edits & Part Engineered, Najma Akhtar & David Wilkins
MD & Arranger, John Deemer
Mixed, Mastered, Craig Gannon
Produced, Najma Akhtar,
Additional Production & Instrumentation, Craig Gannon
Renowned vocalist takes us down The Ganges, Niger, Thames, Shannon, Mississippi with ‘Five Rivers’. Exploring synergies
between the ancient poetic art form of the Indian Ghazal and Western song traditions.
CollaboratIons with world-class artists, diverse as Jah Wobble, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Andy Summers, Basement Jaxx, Jethro Tull, Philip Glass, Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart) and more....more
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