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Saturday, July 26, 2014 Options
Rana Ghose on Charanjit Singh and New Indie India

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In India, independent DIY rock and electronic music-making are still very new. Rana Ghose of Delhi's REProduce Artists agency is a key player on India's growing indie scene. In addition to nurturing a bevy of young artists, he has a notable veteran on his roster: Charanjit Singh, the ex-Bollywood keyboardist who broke new ground with his early 80s electronic transformation of Indian classical music, Synthesizing - Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat. Rana is bringing Charanjit Singh to New York for performances on Sunday July 27th (Globalfest, at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors), and Saturday August 2nd (PS 1's Warm Up). He'll share Charanjit's story and music and introduce us to some of India's rising stars.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Choc Quib Town: Tu Cancion Options / Eso Es Lo Que Hay / * (0:00:00 )

Las Alegres Ambulancias: Kasimba Options / Chimakongo / Om Producciones / * (0:05:24 )
Afro-Colombian band from San Basilio de Palenque, Brazil - they will be guests on the show in the fall.

La Neida Pina: El Sucusu Options / Various Artists: Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91 / Soundway (0:09:10 )

Baiana System: Track 7 Options / Various Artists: Brazil Export - Bahia (0:16:00 )
GIG: Globalfest, FREE at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors TOMORROW (with several other artists including Emil Zrihan, Charanjit Singh etc.)

Sonido Gallo Negro: Mistery of Zangetos Options / Sendero Mistico / Glitter Beat / * (0:20:36 )

La Mecanica Popular: Arbol Options / La Mecanica Popular / Names You Can Trust (0:25:18 )

Los Hacheros: Mami Me Gusto Options / Pilon / Chulo / * (0:27:43 )
GIG: Among others, they will be on our next remote b'cast from Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Sat. Sept. 13.

Emil Zrihan: Mahani-Zin Options / Ashkelon / Piranha / 1998 (0:37:40 )
GIG: Globalfest, FREE at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors TOMORROW (with several other artists including Emeline Michel, Charanjit Singh etc.)

Muserref Hanim: Kim Derdi Ki Options / Various Artists: To Scratch Your Heart: Early Recordings from Istanbul / Honest Jons / * (0:47:10 )

Quraishi: Tears Options / Mountain Melodies / Evergreene Music / * (0:50:46 )
GIG: Next Sunday, Aug 3 @ Lincoln Center Out of Doors, 1-5 pm, FREE: CTMD Heritage Sunday: Echoes of the Divine: Arts of the Turko-Persian Diaspora Featuring Ahmet Erdogdular, Shashmaqam, Quraishi, and The New York Crimean Tatars.

Charanjit Singh: Rag Bhairav Options / Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat / Bombay Connection (1:01:11 )
GIG: Globalfest (with many other artists) at Lincoln Center Out of Doors TOMORROW, also Warm Up at PS 1 in Long Island City, Sat afternoon Aug 2.

The name of this raga derives from Bhairava, an incarnation of Shiva, and was historically associated with glory and awe, but became identified with peace and devotion.

Rana Ghose: Interview Options (1:07:53 )

Charanjit Singh: Raga Todi Options / Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat / Bombay Connection (1:12:50 )
Wikipedia tells us that Todi is nearly always shown as a gentle, beautiful woman, holding a veena and standing in a lovely green forest, surrounded by deer. Hence the forest-ambience SFX that Charanjit played at the top of this track.

Charanjit Singh: Raga Megh Malhar Options / Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat / Bombay Connection (1:19:01 )
Thunderstorm SFX at the top of this one, since this raga is said to be the one to play if you want to bring the rains!

Charanjit Singh: Raga Kalavati Options / Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat / Bombay Connection (1:31:24 )

Charanjit Singh: Manjhi Re Options / Instrumental (Film Songs) / Odeon (1:36:49 )
7" EP

Charanjit Singh: Koi Ladki Koi Ladka Options / Instrumental (Film Songs) / Odeon (1:39:05 )
He's playing the Clavioline on this track, "the first electronic instrument to reach a mass market" - see

Peter Cat Recording Company: (1:48:26 )

Lifafa: In Hi Ko Options / In Hi Ko EP (1:57:39 )

Hashback Hashish: You Make Me Feel Options / Stoned (1:58:53 )

Audio Pervert : Friday Options / Dark Robot / 2013 (2:05:19 )
Voice and words: Sarabjit Chadda

Audio Pervert: Nachaynachay11 (Disco Jesus Electrocrazy / BrainFry DeMix) Options / 2011 (2:07:45 )
Remix of Koi Yahan Aha Nache Nache Koii Wahan from the 1983 Bollywood film Disco Dancer, vocals by Usha Utthup, music by Bappi Lahiri.

DJ HVAD: Hej Lollipop Options (2:17:50 )

MC Kash: Bridge of No Return Options (2:24:07 )
MC Kash is from Srinigar in the disputed region of Kashmir. The song depicts how, on January 21st 1990 52 unarmed innocent civilians of Gawkadal Srinagar and it's adjoining areas were brutally massacred on the Gawkadal Bridge by Indian Army.

Teddy Boy Kill: Breakdown Options (2:28:01 )

Toymob: Things Are Changing Options (2:30:02 )

9Bach: Llwynog Options / Tincian / Real World / * (2:36:28 )

Lakocha: Ajde Sonce Zajde Options / Lakocha (2:41:03 )

Emilia Amper: Isadoras Land Options / Trollf├ągeln: The Magic Bird / BIS (2:45:12 )

Quraishi: Chargul Options / Mountain Melodies / Evergreene Music / * (2:48:15 )

Listener comments!

  Sat. 7/26/14 6:18pm Sean in Bristol, UK:

Hey Rob,
Really enjoying what you are playing
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 6:23pm Rob W:

Thanks Sean, good evening everyone...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/26/14 6:23pm davex:

Good evening Rob and everyone...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/26/14 6:28pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...lovin' the psychedelic salsa (?) ! Excited for Indie Indian...
  Sat. 7/26/14 6:36pm wild:

perfectly cool
  Sat. 7/26/14 6:47pm KK in MK:

Dobro vecher Rob and listeners! Lovin the sounds tonite. Starting my Sunday off with some F M U, streaming the show from the heart of the Balkans.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/26/14 7:08pm northguineahills:

That was great! (Have I heard that album before?, maybe Gary Sullivan posted it on Bodega Pop)
  Sat. 7/26/14 7:13pm marmalade kitty:

Good evening!
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 7:13pm Rob W:

northguineahills: The reissue generated a lot of interest, including lots of play on WFMU. We're going to play three more tracks from it during this hour.
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 7:13pm Rob W:

Good evening MK!
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 7:18pm dk:

if i recall, when the 10 Ragas reissue first came out, there were a lot of people dead convinced that it must actually be a recently-produced hoax -- it was just so far ahead of its time people just didn't believe it could be real. chanranjit's just that amazing.
  Sat. 7/26/14 7:21pm marmalade kitty:

chanranjit's awesome!
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 7:23pm dk:

it'd be interesting to hear classical versions of these ragas back-to-back against charanjit's take.
  Sat. 7/26/14 7:24pm marmalade kitty:

Charanjit even
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 7:25pm Rob W:

dk - yes, a good idea... but I didn't prepare it! Plus the way ragas are normally played, they are usually a LOT longer.
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 7:32pm dk:

well, the context you've given for the sound effects and so on helps a lot with understanding what he's doing.

i'm just amazed that, sitting smack between phuture's 'acid trax' and donna summer's 'i feel love', charanjit's basically the bridge to acid that nobody actually knew existed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/26/14 7:34pm common:

yep hello
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/26/14 7:36pm northguineahills:

Definitely hitting PS1 next week. Thanks for the heads up, Rob!
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 7:41pm dk:

ooh, this earlier charanjit track is awesome.
  Sat. 7/26/14 7:47pm KK in MK:

all of these Charanjit Singh tracks have been excellent.
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 7:48pm Rob W:

Thanks everyone...
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 7:55pm dk:

liking this peter cat track a lot. looks like they have a bandcamp with a free album:
  Sat. 7/26/14 8:06pm marmalade kitty:

far out show.
I found one or two of Charanjits "10 ragas.." on youtube which are dated 1982.
Thanks as ever for bringin the tunes for us
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 8:09pm Rob W:

Thanks MK. I know this part is a little different from the usual thing for me, but wanted to give a little taste of this bit of India...
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 8:10pm dk:

this audio pervert thing sounds like if peak-period peter gabriel was coming up today.
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 8:14pm dk:

... not so much on this bappi lahiri rework, however.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/26/14 8:14pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Would you say overall that India~Bollywood prefigured (were they earlier) Sampling - or @ least Mash-Ups in this way ? I've had this thot before listening to this Program on other weeks...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/26/14 8:19pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63: or a tangent, maybe;
...'Mash-Up' by another name, maybe: just how one Culture naturally echoes another from a distance in its' own 'dialect'...
  Sat. 7/26/14 8:30pm marmalade kitty:

I discovered a great north east geordie jazz quartet at manchesters annual jazz festival MJF; Zoe Gilby Quartet
I think it's the first time i've ever heard geordie scat :)
  Sat. 7/26/14 8:40pm vanya moscow:

Hello everyone! joining late, just got back from the gig. sweet sounds here!
Avatar Sat. 7/26/14 8:45pm Rob W:

Thanks Vanya! Funny you should turn up, I just happened to have pulled out one of the cds you left to play! Hope you had a great gig and have a lovely evening - or morning!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/26/14 8:46pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Was out and about for awhile, but caught the last 20 minutes or so. Great job on tonight's selections. I super-enjoy the TSP programs.
  Sat. 7/26/14 8:49pm vanya moscow:

it`s 4.50 am here played for money at a birthday party in 50 km from Moscow for rich boys and girls of easy behaviour. crazy! ...yeah! it`s cool i started listen and didn`t realize it was "lakocha" at first and... still I liked it! thanks and right on!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/26/14 8:59pm northguineahills:

Super great set!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/26/14 9:00pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@vanya - Hi, how are things for you there? I hope the government is letting you express yourself. Stay safe.
  Sat. 7/26/14 9:03pm vanya moscow:

hey Ken not so bad, if not for news about new laws and other government actions. on the streets still looks ok. hopefully!
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