The second in the series of collaborations between London fusionistas Lokkhi Terra and Bengali legends Shikor Bangladesh All Stars. This EP takes us to the beginning of the journey, capturing the first musical meetings between both bands - with music based on a series of rooftop jams that took place in Dhaka between 2010 and 2014
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In 2015, London fusionistas Lokkhi Terra put on a show at Womad and Songlines Encounters Festival, where they collaborated with folk legends from Bangladesh, the Shikor Bangladesh AllStars. The music was based on countless rooftop jams held back in Dhaka, where Lokkhi Terra had been touring regularly from 2009.
“from London’s global melting pot LoKkhi TeRra joined the Banglaeshi musicians of Shikor for an unlikely but successful fusion that matched Asian influences with Cuban Jazz” The Guardian
Funkiwala Records presents the second in the series of these collaborations.
This new EP takes us back to the beginning, capturing the first musical meetings between both bands. The period when long term Lokkhi Terra collaborator and Dhol maestro Nazrul Islam (based in Dhaka), introduced his musical inner circle to the visiting Lokkhi Terra musicians. Friendships were forged, and musical conversations were explored – a special time was had by all. One singer stood out in particular - with tremendous swing – raw emotion – soul – the real boss - Nazrul’s wife – Dewan Baby Akhtar.
Featuring songs by the great Bangladeshi mystics Baul Lalon Shah and Baul Abdul Karim.
the recordings are the pre-cursor to the 12” Bangla Rasta EP and traditional CD album “Soul of Bengal” (Funkiwala 2016).
released April 30, 2017
From Shikor BAS
Baby Akhtar – Vocals
Nazrul Islam – Dhol, Mondira
Jalal Ahmed – Flute (A1-3, B1) Shahidul Islam - Flute (B2)
Ekram Hussain - Esraj (B2)
Labik Kamal Gaurob – Khomok (A2), Ghungur, Dotara (B2)
From Lokkhi Terra
Kishon Khan – Piano, Rhodes, Hammond, Clavinet
Patrick Zambonin – Bass (A1-3)
Phil Dawson – Guitar, Bass (B1)
Justin Thurgur – Trombone (A1, A3, B1-2)
Graeme Flowers – Trumpet (A3, B2)
James Allsopp – Bass Clarinet (A1, B2)
Tansay Omar – Drums (A3, B1)
Oreste Noda, Geraldo De Armas – Bata (A1)
Aneire Khan, Sohini Alam, Aanon Siddiqua – Backing Vocals (A1)
Alison Blunt – Violin (A1)
Francesca Ter-Berg – Cello (A1)
Javier Camilo – Tambourine (A3)
Traditional songs by Hason Raja (A1, A3) | Abdul Karim (A2)
Lalon Shah / Nazrul Islam (B1, B2)
All Music written and arranged by K Khan except
Horn arrangements by J Thurgur
String arrangement by J Thurgur/K.Khan (A1)
Recorded in Dhaka at studio 2 Nanu’s, and Studio 2 Shahed and Emma’s by T. Omar
Recorded in London at ThankYouPlease Studios by K.Khan
at NRR studio (drums B1) by T.Omar, at Press Play studios (drums A3) by A. Ramsey at Fish Market Studios (piano A1, B2) by Antonio
Mixed at Hi Street Studio, London, by Mauro Caccialanza
Mastered at Gearbox Records by Caspar Sutton-Jones
Produced by Kishon Khan and Tansay Omar
From the Mela's of Bangladesh to the streets of Havana, via some districts in Lagos and on to a bustling club in London.
This is what is giving London it's new accent. Described by Songlines as "probably the world’s best Afrobeat-Cuban-Bangladeshi group”
"Awesome Cross-cultural collaboration" - London Jazz
“Stunning Headliners” – Timeout London...more
supported by 5 fans who also own “Introducing Baby Akhtar”
The entire group's groove dynamic is so fucking amazing. Shout out to Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon Jones, Daniel Casimir and that drummer Femi Koloeso. Keep making good music!!!
btw the tuba's solo was above and beyond my imagination Raven Branwen