PUKAR - VINYL (Calling you) 1992

by Najma Akhtar

  • PUKAR - VINYL (Calling you) 1992
    ⓟ & © Last Minute Productions 2020
    Catalogue Number, JAAN 1101 VINYL

    Vinyl Track Listing
    1. Jheel Mai Chand 5:21
    2. Mousum Suhana 3:15
    3. Dil Mai 4:58
    4. Jhoomo Gao 5:43
    5. Pukar 4:44
    6. Dil Jala Ne 8:18
    7. Improvisation (Semi-Classical) 8’03
    8. Baabul 5:23
    9. Pukar (Without Tabla) 4:21

    Description

    Produced by Najma and music arranged by Bass player/Arranger, John Deemer, Pukar is seen as a natural progression from the previous albums. This album explores styles of improvisation raga, geet and other musical themes associated with Indian culture with light jazz influences and other western instrumentation & arrangements. For example, the Indian wedding theme, where one has the joy and happiness of traditional Heena (Mehndi) ceremonies, ‘Jhoomo Gao’, and then the sorrow of the Bidai (where the bride departs her home for the new one of her husband), ‘Baabul’, so the moods and lyrics are quite different. Another change from tradition was to use the normal intro Alaap at the end of the Ghazal instead of the beginning as on the track ‘Jheel mai Chand’. This album also explores new instrumentation coming from Persia, Oud (Persian stringed instrument), Indian Shehnai (Indian Horn instrument) and African marimba sounds, together with Indian vocals still based on the Ghazal, adds another new dimension.

    Reviews

    "Pukar, Najma's follow-up to her world music breakthrough Atish, is every bit as enchanting and splendid as its predecessor, displaying her ability to make Indian music accessible for Western audiences without diluting its essence."
    All Music Guide

    “Recommended are Pukar and Qareeb if you like to be transported by the rapturous and seductive tones of a gal who really ought to know better. What untold damage could be visited upon the hearts and minds of us gullible and Western fools? I don't suppose she does it on purpose, but be warned: dollars depart from wallets as she Plants her soul on the Pages of your bank account.”
    Ian Anderson

    Her music has the passion of a raging fire. In Pukar, Najma’s is at her best. The melody in almost all the songs is essentially classical and her voice, now more mellifluous that ever before, brings to each song a romantic tone.
    Jai Kumar, DJ Magazine
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ⓟ & © Last Minute Productions 2020
Catalogue Number, JAAN 1101 VINYL

Vinyl Track Listing
1. Jheel Mai Chand 5:21
2. Mousum Suhana 3:15
3. Dil Mai 4:58
4. Jhoomo Gao 5:43
5. Pukar 4:44
6. Dil Jala Ne 8:18
7. Improvisation (Semi-Classical) 8’03
8. Baabul 5:23
9. Pukar (Without Tabla) 4:21

Description

Produced by Najma and music arranged by Bass player/Arranger, John Deemer, Pukar is seen as a natural progression from the previous albums. This album explores styles of improvisation raga, geet and other musical themes associated with Indian culture with light jazz influences and other western instrumentation & arrangements. For example, the Indian wedding theme, where one has the joy and happiness of traditional Heena (Mehndi) ceremonies, ‘Jhoomo Gao’, and then the sorrow of the Bidai (where the bride departs her home for the new one of her husband), ‘Baabul’, so the moods and lyrics are quite different. Another change from tradition was to use the normal intro Alaap at the end of the Ghazal instead of the beginning as on the track ‘Jheel mai Chand’. This album also explores new instrumentation coming from Persia, Oud (Persian stringed instrument), Indian Shehnai (Indian Horn instrument) and African marimba sounds, together with Indian vocals still based on the Ghazal, adds another new dimension.

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released January 1, 1992

Reviews

"Pukar, Najma's follow-up to her world music breakthrough Atish, is every bit as enchanting and splendid as its predecessor, displaying her ability to make Indian music accessible for Western audiences without diluting its essence."
All Music Guide

“Recommended are Pukar and Qareeb if you like to be transported by the rapturous and seductive tones of a gal who really ought to know better. What untold damage could be visited upon the hearts and minds of us gullible and Western fools? I don't suppose she does it on purpose, but be warned: dollars depart from wallets as she Plants her soul on the Pages of your bank account.”
Ian Anderson

Her music has the passion of a raging fire. In Pukar, Najma’s is at her best. The melody in almost all the songs is essentially classical and her voice, now more mellifluous that ever before, brings to each song a romantic tone.
Jai Kumar, DJ Magazine

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Najma Akhtar London, UK

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.
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