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Soul Of Bengal

by Shikor Bangladesh All Stars

The Sound of Bangladesh
Genre: World: World Traditions
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
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2. Shaddho Ki Re Amar
4:48 $0.99
3. Bhandari
4:04 $0.99
4. Chatok Pakhi
4:15 $0.99
5. Milon
4:28 $0.99
6. Kon Kole
6:08 $0.99
7. Prem Dubaru
5:09 $0.99
8. Gurur Choron
3:40 $0.99
9. Bhaab Toronge
4:05 $0.99
10. Shabder Ghore
4:33 $0.99
11. Jikir Koro
5:13 $0.99
12. Doyal
4:30 $0.99
13. Maya Lagaise
4:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
A journey into the musical landscape of Bangladesh - From the mystic philosophies of Baul Lalon Shah to devotional folk sohgs, these are living traditions found in all corners of the country, but seldom heard outside Bangladesh and its diaspora.

Songlines Magazine Review – Amardeep Dhillon
The group presenting this charming collection of Bangladeshi music lives up to its name. It is indeed an all-star cast; presided over by Kishon Khan of Lokkhi Terra fame; arranged by internationally respected dhol drum maestro Nazrul Islam; and featuring vocals from the iconic Baul Rob Fakir, fusion artist Labik Kamal Gaurob and respected folk singer Dewan Baby Akhtar. While the ektara (plucked drone lute) and percussion fit in well with the vocals, it is the dotara (four stringed lute) and flute of the Mokkades Ali and Jalal Ahmed that rival the singers, most noticeably in the delightful “Bhaab Toronge”.
The album opens with a rendition of a poem by Bangladesh’s hugely influential Lalon Fakir depicting the torment of separation. The simplicity of its melody, with verses sung solo and all three vocalists joining in for the chorus, retains the popular appeal of devotional poetry. Rob hails from Lalon’s birthplace, Kushtia, and Lalon’s poetry dominates the album, with Kushtia’s folk melodies rightly given pride of place to faithfully present Bangladeshi music. One does not have to be a purist to appreciate such a gesture, the resulting music is undeniably beautiful.

Womad Reviews

Life Arts Media - "My next personal favourite was the Shikor Bangladesh All Stars – a traditional folk band from Bangladesh, dressed mostly in flowing white, playing an exquisite collection of traditional instruments – strings, large double ended and psychedelic coloured drums, flutes, bells and rattles – accompanied by soaring and emotive, vocals and rhythmic, beats and claps. The flutes seemed to transport you beyond – to a place of intoxicating enchantment – and complete with a female vocalist’s stirring incantations, were reminiscent of India’s devotional bhajan music."

United Reggae – David Katz
“Considering they were totally acoustic, Shikor Bangladesh All Stars had plenty of power on the Charlie Gillett stage. Delivering traditional Bangladeshi folksongs with dhol drums, harmonium and other customary instruements, lead singer Baby Akhtar belted out some meaty vocals but the really chilling element was the bamboo flute played with skill by one of the band at stage left”




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