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Track Listing
1. Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu
2. Kehta Hai Mehra Dil (Kannodu Kaanbadellam)
3. Deva Deva Kalayami
4. Drum Dance (for Chandralekha)
5. Sword Fight (for Chandralekha)
6. Jai Ho
7. Kehna Hi Kya (Kannalane)
8. Jiya Jale
9. Why This Kolaveri Di
10. Aa Ante Amalapuram
11. Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu (Clap Clap Mix - Charlie Girl)
12. Deva Deva Kalayami (Molly’s Bar Mix – Rob Kelly)
13. Drum Dance (Diamond Cut Mix)
Artist:
Bollywood Brass Band
Title:
Carnatic Connection feat. Jyotsna Srikanth
Label:
Bollywood Brass Band
Cat No:
BOLLCD2005
Format:
CD
Price £11.99
• After years of meeting and admiring each other's music at Indian melas and other festivals, Bollywood Brass Band and Jyotsna Srikanth decided to join forces to explore the riches of Indian film and classical music together. The result, produced by Steve Pretty of the Hackney Colliery Band, is Carnatic Connection, a new album that makes a musical journey to South India and features arrangements of songs from South Indian films alongside new works inspired by the ground-breaking film, Chandralekha (1948).

• In Bollywood Brass Band’s trademark sound of funky brass and drums, you encounter Jyotsna Srikanth’s virtuosic playing and the sonic wonders of violin gamakas (decorations), supported by the mridangam (doubleheaded hand drum) and morsing (jaws harp). Here you find a true fusion of Bollywood and Carnatic filmi sounds; from Ilaiyaraaja’s classic Rakkamma to the ubiquitous AR Rahman, whose Jiya Jale, Kehta Hai Mera Dil and Kehna Hi Kya feature Jyotsna Srikanth's superbly mellifluous playing, while the Oscar-winning Jai Ho is given a dance-floor treatment. Deva Deva Kalayami lies squarely in the Carnatic tradition with a classical melody in raga Mayamalava Gowla, as Jyotsna leads on an improvisatory jugalbandi (duet) and the album closes with three specially commissioned remixes.
Reviews For Carnatic Connection feat. Jyotsna Srikanth
Evening Standard - Simon Broughton
Punchy, Fiery & Silky, a rare thrilling climax. *****
The Guardian - Robin Denselow
fine arrangements, exquisite violin, insistent percussion & subtle brass!
Songlines - Amar Dhillon
Another outstanding Tour De Force. ****
Songlines - Simon Broughton
The music and pictures are extraordinary.,Album Of The Year
Songlines -
Joyous as it is raucous!