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July 29, 2013

Amarrass Records in New Delhi has become the latest addition to our list of contributors to India Music Week, Oct 7 – 13, 2013 – less than three short months away!

I first heard of them through the Amarras Desert Music Festival (Dec) that features the music of  dry regions worldwide as well as India’s Rajasthan.  You can get a taste of this lovely event here.

Amarrras Is sending all of their releases, organizing a CD giveaway AND hosting a concert in New Delhi as part of India Music Weeks festivities.  Below is a list of available and upcoming releases + links to their artists.  The label is dedicated to sophisticated field recordings of artists in familiar home settings, perhaps at their most comfortable.  Check them out!

• At Home: Barmer Boys (AMAR008) (Released December 2012).  21st century folk. Folk with attitude.

• At Home: Lakha Khan (AMAR007) (Released December 2012).  A hundred hues with a master of the Sarangi recorded in his own environment (Released Dec 2012)

• At Home: Sakar Khan (AMAR006) (Released September 2012).  An album of historic, intimate recordings with the Yehudi Mehunin of the kamancha featuring the 78 year old maestro Sakar Khan, at home, with his sons Ghewar, Firoze and Dara.

• Live at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival (AMAR005).  Features festival recordings and jams with Vieux Farka Toure, Madou Sidiki Diabate, Lakha Khan, Barmer Boys, Nihal Khan (released August 28, 2012)

Madou Sidiki Diabate – Live in India (AMAR004) (released August 14, 2012).  Madou captures that traditional sound and infuses his own jazz sensibilities in his first live solo kora album. Recorded at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival held November 26 and 27, 2011, this is the music of his forefathers of the Griot community—West Africa’s historians and storytellers, his roots embedded in every chord.

Banko Ghodo (AMAR003) – Vol 2 of field recordings from the Indian Desert (released February 7, 2012)

Mitha Bol (AMAR002) – Vol 1 of field recordings from the Indian Desert (released September 8, 2011)

The Manganiyar Seduction – (released November 27, 2011).  Amazing stage show, w/ great folk musicians and maybe a TAD over the top presentation.

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