Mahabongo | The Banyan Tree

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The Banyan Tree

by Mahabongo

These are original compositions, partly pop, with some jazz influence, somewhat in the style of Sting or Michael Franks
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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1. Amulet
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2. Masks
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3. As Oak
4:22 $0.99
4. Nuweiba
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5. Who We Are
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6. The Mill
2:58 $0.99
7. Café Noon
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8. Emperor's Throne
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9. Acacia Way
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10. Spirits
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Album Notes
Welcome to our latest record. This is the fourth album of songs released by Mahabongo. The first was Swish It’s Everywhere (2008). The second, Minus Ridiculous (2012), is a selection of what are really demos, recorded mostly at home in the 1990s. The third, Murmuration (2015), is a collection of both old and new songs.

On this album I was most fortunate to work with a wonderful team of musicians and technicians who very generously gave copiously of their time, taste and expertise. It was a treat working with all of you: huge thanks. I am particularly grateful to Beni Weedon (Sound Tailor Music), who acted as ‘file master’ for this project, and who added such delightful strings to the songs.

The banyan tree (Ficus bengalensis/benghalensis) is known in Sanskrit as nyagrodha, the ‘downwards grower’. Another of its Sanskrit names, beginning in the epic period, is vaṭa. In Hindi it is called bargad. The shoots from the branches of the banyan grow down into the ground, to then reemerge as another branch of the tree. In this way the banyan tree can grow enormously to cover hundreds of metres of ground. Veneration of this tree with hanging shoots is ancient. It appears on numerous artifacts from the Indus valley civilization (c. 2,500–1,500 BCE). It features frequently in the Vedas as a ‘heavenly’ tree with several mythological associations, and also in the Buddhist Jātaka tales, often as a ‘child-granting’ tree. In South Asia it has associations with both fertility and kingship and is the abode of tree-spirits (yakṣas and yakṣiṇīs). In folk Hinduism the banyan is associated with Śiva (as Vaṭapatreśvar) and Kālī (as Vaṭapatreśvarī).



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