For several years now I have been privileged to write a weekly column for India’s premier online newspaper, Scroll.in. The column is called Sunday Sounds. I consider myself privileged for a couple of reasons:
- I have been given a very wide and liberal brief. Essentially, I can write and share music of any genre, type, style or artist so long as it has some connection with South Asia.
- As I’ve prepared for each week’s column I find myself researching and learning and discovering ever more about the incredible diversity and abundance of South Asian musical talent.
- As a result of the column I’ve created a small following of fans many of whom are connected with the arts and culture communities of South Asia. In turn and through their good graces I’ve been able to begin other creative projects, such as writing books.
So to all the people at Scroll.in, especially its incredible editor Naresh Fernandes I say thank you.
There have been the more than 100 editions of Sunday Sounds thus far. To share my gratitude and joy I have put a small collection of just 25 tracks in a double ‘disc’ which I hope you will enjoy. If you’re already a fan of Sunday Sounds, you can look forward to more columns and fascinating music. If you’re a newbie, I hope you’ll log in to Scroll every Sunday and enjoy the stupendous and endlessly pleasing world of South Asian sangeet/musiqui.
This is diverse collection and reflects the Sunday Sounds mandate perfectly. You’ll discover South Indian rock fusion and fresh Pakistani qawwali. You’ll also find some English pop songs from the Beatles and Sam Roberts. Of course, there is quite a bit of South Asian folk music (one of my favourite genres), some ragas (both traditional and funked-up) and contributions from the South Asian diaspora in South and North America. In other words, quite a bit to keep a smile on your face for several hours!
Track Listing (pt. 1)
01 Panivizhum Malarvanam [Karthik and Bennet and Band]
02 Limbo Jazz [Wynton Marsalis and Sachal Ensemble]
03 Akhan cham cham wassiyan [Tina Sani]
04 NSA vs USA [Shahid Buttar]
05 Mustt Mustt [Brookly Qawwali Party]
06 Love, Love, Love [Shaukat Ali].
07 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child/ Mai Ni [Madeleine Peyroux and Sachal Ensemble]
08 Hai Sharmaon Kis Kis Ko Bataon [Tabla for Two]
09 People Power in the Disco Hour [Clinton]
10 Jokerman [Divana]
11 Light My Fire [Ananda Shankar]
12 Dear Prudence [The Beatles]
Track Listing (pt.2)
13 Sialkot [Sunny Jain Collective]
14 Idhar Zindagi ka Janaaza Uthega [Attaluah Khan Niazi]
15 Taj Mahal [Sam Roberts]
16 Raag Megh [Zohaib Hassan Khan]
17 Charkha [Ustad Ameer Ali Khan]
18 Blues For Yusef [Lionel Pillay]
19 Soul Raga [Abbas Mehrpouya]
20 Api Sanasille [Wayo]
21 Raat ke sapna (Raatein Sapna) [Ramdew Chaitoe]
22 Hippie Hindustani [Bonnie Remedios]
23 Hello madam disco [Nahid Akhtar]
24 Sri Jimi [Prasanna]
25 Mere Ghar Aaja [Blind Boy Raju]