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Kartick & Gotam – Business Class Refugees
February 8, 2010, 8:41 pm
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Today we have some nicely executed South Asian electronica from Israeli duo, Kartick & Gotam

Kartick & Gotam – Boye boye by SixDegreesRecords

Kartick and Gotam found the mix that would define their sound when they were called to service as musical specialists in the wake of the 2004 Tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia. Both were working on projects in India when they were approached by Sastry Karra, a philanthropist, about joining the Laya Project , an effort to document the musical cultures of Southeast Asia (a DVD and album that will be released in the U.S. by EarthSync on April 13, 2010). The first stop was Sri Lanka, where the duo traveled into the villages far in the south, uncertain what they might find. “The first song we heard was sung by a person who lost his wife in the tsunami, and he sang about her spirit in the sky,” Gotam recalls. That was their inspiration for this new chapter in their musical careers, their ascent to the ranks of global communicators. “Our team consisted of people from all over the world from different backgrounds and religion, and we were there in a village sharing a magic moment through music.”

Back in the comfort of the studio, Kartick and Gotam began to recreate their journey of sound. For Business Class Refugees , they brought in Mahesh Vinayakram, a master of Carnatic Classical music and the son of the legendary Ghatam musician Vikku Vinayakram, deep voiced Anuradha Vishwanathan, and Ariel Alayev, a Tajik singer and accordionist. These accomplished vocalists chill on their respective perches in a musical Zen garden raked by Kartick and Gotam. The swirling of the sands, now in the capable hands of mature electronica magicians, sweeps around these traditional performers, incorporating them into something distinctly “electro-folk.”

Buiness Class Refugees will be released in the States on March 9th.


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I’m working at african dope records, and am hoping that i could get an email address that we could send all our latest news and tracks to.

let me know if you’re interested,

Comment by baka

Hey thanks for this post. Much appreciated!

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