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December 26, 2020:
Ankur Malhotra of Amarrass Records: Keeping India's Musical Traditions Alive
Amarrass Records is an indie music label, production and management company based in Delhi, India and Madison, Wisconsin. It's a label with a mission (and a good one indeed): As described at https://www.amarrass.com, Amarrass aims "to preserve the musical traditions from the deep interiors of India and to create structures for sustaining them into the future."
Amarrass also single-handledly re-launched the vinyl record industry in India!
Ankur Malhotra, label co-founder (along with Ashutosh Sharma), is based in Madison, where he's also a DJ at legendary community radio station WORT .
He joins us to introduce new live albums by Amarrass artists Lakha Khan, Barmer Boys and more.
Here are bandcamp links for the new Amarrass releases Ankur will spotlight on tonight's show:
Barmer Boys Live in Berlin: https://barmerboys.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-berlin
Lakha Khan Live at Global Copenhagen (the venue since has been renamed ALICE): https://lakhakhan.bandcamp.com/
Madou Sidiki Diabatè: Kora Èlectrique: https://amarrass.bandcamp.com/album/kora-lectrique
Learn more about all the great things that Amarrass is doing at https://www.amarrass.com and and get the music at https://amarrass.bandcamp.com/.
The New York Times published an informative article early in the life of Amarrass which you can find here.
Amarrass has established a COVID-19 Relief Fund for artists - find out more (and please donate if you can) at https://pages.razorpay.com/ASPAdonate.
Listen to this show: Pop‑up player!
|Artist||Track||Album||Label||Year||Comments||New||Approx. start time|
|Grup Doğuş||Gülme Ha Gülme (Don't Laugh)||Grup Doğuş||Ironhand Records||2019 reissue of 1975 records / this song composed by Barış Manço||0:00:00 (Pop‑up)|
|Edip Akbayram||Dumanlı Dumanlı Oy Bizim Eller||Edip Akbayram||Pharaway Sounds||Turkish folk song also performed by Aşık Mahzuni Şerif and others / album is a reissue of album originally released in 1974||0:05:51 (Pop‑up)|
|Shantel & Cümbüs Cemaat||Bahcelerde Zerdali||Istanbul||Essay Recordings||*||0:08:57 (Pop‑up)|
|Altin Gun||Caney||On||0:12:53 (Pop‑up)|
|Derdiyoklar İkilisi||Rehmele (Ruhiye)||Disco-Folk||Pharaway Sounds||2017 reissue of album originally released on Türküola label in 1984||0:21:14 (Pop‑up)|
|Zaur Badalov||I Racha Hube||Sevdim Seni (I Love You)||0:24:39 (Pop‑up)|
|Rüstəm Quliyev||Aman Tello||King of Azerbaijan Gitara||Les Disques Bongo Joe||Quliyev was born in the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh||*||0:28:26 (Pop‑up)|
|Tufan Derince||Cida||Ağır Delilo Halay||Kurdish guitarist - played a great set at the 2020 globalFEST showcase in NYC; was set to play SXSW too which was, of course, one of the early pandemic cancellations. [This year globalFEST is collaborating with NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts for four nights of streaming (hosted by Angélique Kidjo) Jan 11-14; more info at https://globalfest.org/fest and artist lineup at https://globalfest.org/gf_artists.]||0:34:11 (Pop‑up)|
|Fadumo Qassim and Waaberi Band||Waakaa Helaa (I Like You)||Various Artists: Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972-1991)||Analog Africa||*||0:48:48 (Pop‑up)|
|Zazou Bikaye||Yondo||Mr. Manager||Crammed Discs||New reissue (with many additional tracks, including this one) of 1985 EP||*||0:54:35 (Pop‑up)|
Ankur Malhotra of Amarrass Records introduces new and recent (and future) music from Amarrass
|Ankur Malhotra||Ambience from India, intro||1:06:44 (Pop‑up)|
|Lakha Khan||Kachi Ghodlo||Live at Global||Amarrass Records||*||1:02:02 (Pop‑up)|
|Madou Sidiki Diabatè||Fama Denke||Kora Èlectrique||Amarrass Records||*||1:12:59 (Pop‑up)|
|Barmer Boys||Excerpt||Live in Berlin||Amarrass Records||*||1:23:01 (Pop‑up)|
|Ankur Malhotra||Field recording of a wedding procession - recorded from the rooftop at Amarrass' office in Delhi|
|Barmer Boys||Amrano||Live in Berlin||Amarrass Records||*||1:25:36 (Pop‑up)|
|Lakha Khan and Madou Sidiki Diabatè||Rooftop performance at Amarrass Records||Not yet released||1:32:12 (Pop‑up)|
|Audio Pervert & Da Saz||Sequence 4||Spatiality||Amarrass Records||Based in Valencia, Spain via Delhi; this album was recorded live at Amarrass Nights at Lodi, New Delhi, India in December, 2013.||1:41:10 (Pop‑up)|
|Ravana & Jumme Khan||Proverbial Track (Duniya)||Dubfounded||Amarrass Records||1:48:12 (Pop‑up)|
|Rehmat~e~Nusrat||Aye Khushi||Not yet released||An acclaimed young qawwali ensemble from Uttarakhand in Northern India||1:54:43 (Pop‑up)|
|Rehmat~e~Nusrat||Field Recording||2:03:22 (Pop‑up)|
Rob back at the controls for the final hour...
|Tino Samoisy||Sega Tambour from Rodrigues, featuring ravanne||Various Artists: Voyage Musical - Réunion-Rodrigues-Maurice||Auvidis||2:06:22 (Pop‑up)|
|Ann O'aro||Sobatkor||Longoz||Buda Musique||With Teddy Doris on trombone, Bino Waro on percussion||*||2:08:29 (Pop‑up)|
|Julio A. Hotu et sa Famille||Mai Hiva Te Poki||Chants De L'ile De Pâques||Buda Musique||Music from Easter Island, from the Buda Musique "Musiques du Monde" series dedicated to Dominique Buscail, directed by Gilles Fruchaux and Isabelle Guillez||2:12:34 (Pop‑up)|
|Waihirere Maori Club||Uira||National Champions||Maori performance group from New Zealnd||2:14:55 (Pop‑up)|
|BraAgas||Rampelado e courso de la Tarasco||Bestiale||Indies Scope||*||2:18:11 (Pop‑up)|
|Le Vent Du Nord||Tour À Bois||Dans les Airs||Borealis Records||2007||2:20:21 (Pop‑up)|
|Laudanova||Selini Selini||Luce Delle Luce||Al Sur||2:23:11 (Pop‑up)|
|Pietra Montecorvino||Comme Facette Mammeta||Napoli Mediterranea||This song is also on the Passione soundtrack album||2:26:26 (Pop‑up)|
|Il Parto Delle Nuvole Pesanti||Raggia||Various Artists: Tribù Italiche - Calabria||2:29:00 (Pop‑up)|
|Il Parto Delle Nuvole Pesanti||Raggia||Various Artists: Tribù Italiche - Calabria||2:31:25 (Pop‑up)|
|The Jolly Boys||The Passenger||Great Expectation||Wall Of Sound||2010||2:31:16 (Pop‑up)|
|Hallelujah Chicken Run Band||Sekai||Take One (1974-79)||Analog Africa||New anthology / band that pioneered electric arrangements of traditional Shona music in Zimbabwe||*||2:42:55 (Pop‑up)|
|Lucas Nwananga and His Band||Isobho Lethu||Back to Soweto||Umsakazo Records||*||2:45:42 (Pop‑up)|
|Donné Roberts||Sade Bake||Rhythm Was Born||Based in Canada, from Madagascar originally||2:48:20 (Pop‑up)|
|Las Hijas del Sol||La Despedida||Kotto||Nubenegra||1997||2:57:05 (Pop‑up)|