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No Visa Required

by Lokkhi Terra

Bangla-Afro-Latin-Jazz - A unique blend of different traditions from across the globe. The much anticipated first album from the UK based band, creating new soundscapes which give London it's new accent and new groove.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
1:48 $0.99
2. Mela
9:35 $0.99
3. Nodir Kul
6:02 $0.99
4. Gottogotodhaka
4:14 $0.99
5. Khomo
5:52 $0.99
6. Nai Yare
6:25 $0.99
7. Harmoniuzinho
3:42 $0.99
8. Cuban Mela
5:17 $0.99
9. Nodir Groove
1:01 $0.99
10. Bhromor Koiyo
11:47 $0.99
11. I Speak of Legends
6:39 $0.99
12. Gottogoto
3:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Recorded across the globe from London, Rio de Janiero, Dhaka and Havana, “No Visa Required” is a spellbinding voyage through all those places and beyond. The project was conceived in Cuba by Kishon Khan after he was hypnotized by the rumba so prevalent on the island and found a synergy with the music of his motherland in Bangladesh. He then set out to develop songs that would provide a bridge between continents and, with the help of a strong group of musical friends back in England, fuse a medley of global influences with a home-grown London sound, consistently crossing boundaries.

The resultant album has a breathtaking epic scope seamlessly negotiating the route from Bengali folk to Cuban rumba, from afrobeat to Brazilian samba, and Indian classical. It re-interprets traditional Bengali songs on the funky ‘Nodir Kul’, the stunning ballad ‘Naiyare’, and the Afrobeat inspired ‘Bhromor Koiyo’. Elsewhere on ‘Mela’ and ‘Cuban Mela’ the mesmerising combination of Cuban Bata drums and the Bengali Dhol provide dreamy soundscapes of Asian and Latin percussion with echoes of melodies, voices and chants weaving in and out. ‘Gottogotodhaka’ has a pure Bengali rhythm despite identifying with the Cuban Clave and ‘Harmoniuzinho’ sees Khan’s Harmonium melody ride a groovin’ Samba beat.

The recording featured more than 40 musicians including guest appearances from, amongst others, celebrated Jazz musician Finn Peters, Brazil’s Kassin Alexandre (Moreno/Domenico/Kassin +2), Stephane San Juan (Amadou + Mariam), and Hilaire Penda (Cameroon, Trilok Gurtu).

It was arranged and composed by Bangladeshi born Londoner Kishon Khan – an acclaimed pianist with the Soothsayers, Arun Ghosh Sextet, and Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura band, who has collaborated with the likes of legendary Indian percussionist Pandit Dinesh, and cult Nigerian saxophonist Bukky Leo. 2009 saw him win the South Asian International Film Festival award in New York, for his soundtrack in the film The Last Thakur (Artificial Eye, Channel 4)

And at the core of the current live band are musicians with serious pedigree - from the UK, Bellowhead’s Justin Thurgur on trombone, Graeme Flowers (Kylie Minogue) on trumpet, and Phil Dawson (Africa Express) on guitar. Cubans Oreste Noda (Ska Cubano), congas, and bassist Jimmy Martinez (Asere), alongside up and coming Bengalis singers Sohini Alam, Aneire Khan and Aanon Siddiqua and Nilesh Guhlane (Arun Ghosh / Nathan Flutebox) on tabla plus Turkish drummer Tansay Omar (Bjork / Brand New Heavies).

The band has just returned from an Asian tour including the closing ceremony of the South Asian Games, and last summer they tore up the London festival circuit with a string of fantastic gigs. They are equally at home at a Mela festival or at an underground Cuban salsa club. This date at Rich Mix announces the launch of their debut album 'No Visa Required' with a sensational live show and very special guests on the night in the form of Dele Sosimi’s special Afrobeat quartet.

“Fantastic” – BBC Asia Today
"World Music at its freshest" - London Paper
‘Exciting, I love the way the whole thing just flows together, effortless’ – Lopa Khotari, BBC Radio 3

The album has already received plays and support from the likes of BBC’s Gilles Peterson and Lopa Gothari.



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Great music by Lokkhi Terra. Loving it!