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Trilok Gurtu Quartet at Jazz Festival Basel

Trilok Gurtu at work
Trilok Gurtu at work (Jos L Knaepen)

Wow. Wow!! Wow… I’m happy again. It’s a some time since the last matching concert. There were peaces with 3½ beats, 4½, 10 (4-3-3), slow 7 beats – actually, I don’t remember 4 beats. 🙂 Oh, I feel good. I didn’t know one can dance 3½ beats so easy.

As for Trilok Gurtus sidemen, Johann Berby made a solid bass, Roland Cabezas added many colors on guitar, but Carlo Cantini made the music with synth and violin. All working for the music first hand, then for Trilok. Outstanding! Do not miss it if you got the chance!

Sadly, this video ends when the funk comes in, but there’s a lot more on YouTube…

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Habib Koité

Habib Koité - AfrikiToday I was at a gig from Habib Koité. I don’t know what exactly to write her, I’m still swept away! If you don’t know Habib, I encourage you to listen to his new album on amazon (click on Fimani and buy it at a dealer near you). He plays unspectacular, but very beautiful music full of magic and depth. I bought his new Album on the spot! Although this studio work lacks some of this magic, it’s an excellent piece of work he published after a six years break.

Vital Mamahadou Koné on Talking Drum is just amazing, it’s such a pleasure to watch him. He’s got them some women dancing on stage out of the audience while he played solos. Most musically gifted is Kétigul Diabaté, who plays Balafon and Violin. He did the best solos. Souleyman Ann on Drums plays an incredible volume: I didn’t know it’s possible to play Drums so gently. Confused

The mood was pleasing too. The Bamadas aren’t a party band. If you look for a place to wear your ear muffs or to do two hours of power dancing, you’re definitely wrong. But if you’d like to get your soul touched, then go for Habib Koité and the Bamadas!

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Baul Melody

Take a listen from this mp3-file (Baul Melody in 8 beats, 8/4):

To not stop playback surf in another tab/window!

Though it’s Indian Light Classical, it’s a master piece. This indian folk melody from the bengali Baul tradition is sweetly interpreted by Nikhil Banerjee (sitar) and Anindio Chatterjee (tabla) and I listened to it a minimum of 125 thousand times. Both are masters on their instruments and I especially suggest to listen to the little enrichments Nikhil gives to each note and the flow of the melody. He is just amazing!

Nikhil Banerjee - Lyrical SitarIf you never heard Indian Classical Music, this may open a new world for you. Indian Music is basically modal and based on one scale. Here is the seventh, the minor seventh and even the minor second in the scale at one point – so your listening habit may get stressed a bit. But belive me: You will love this! This is sugar.

If you like some more information about Classical Indian Music, you may start on Wikipedia.


Here’s another version in 6 beats, 6/8:


(Updated Sept. 2013)


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