Shabda

by SUNS OF ARQA

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    Shabda is a stunning album featuring an epic eclectic lineup - Johar Ali from New Delhi on violin, John Snelson on highland bagpipes, Sticksman on drums, tabla maestros Kalu and Sandeep, Wayne Worm on bass, Country Rankin & Angel-Eye on Vocals and Wadada on sitar, bass, guitar & vocals. Featuring special guest Dhrupad musicians Reba and Sumit, amongst others. This is the some of the most interesting dub/world/raga/reggae/dance music in the world.

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Suns of Arqa have materialised as a musical collective, combining the ancient Hindustani raga systems with Piobaireachd and Nyabinghi roots drumming. They appear intermittently at the seasonal festivals and sacred ritual spaces, where they are a vehicle for the positive raising of vibration, connecting with both the sensory and infinite worlds, for the on going evolution of all sentient beings.

''Opening with the wonderful psychedelia of Lennon & McCartney's "Tomorrow Never Knows", "Shabda" by Suns Of Arqa moves through the familiar territories of dub, ragas and world music in a conscious and direct manner. Tracks 2 and 3 build up the hypnotic tension before "Through The Gate We Go" drops into some heavy 90s breakbeat dub. "Pure Reality" features all star reggae heads Country Ranking and Sticks, collaborating on an avant-dub hybrid complete with rocksteady vocals before "The Great Invocation" drops into a heart-on-its-sleeve dancefloor workout. Reba Bhuduri contributes two great Indian flavoured jams, "Basant Alap" and "Basant Dhrupad" before the latter section of the CD ascends into the carnival, pipe-led free party romp that Arqa are famous for. Another solid addition to the collection - definitely more dance floor led rather than for horizontal contemplation.'' Mat Ward: Piccadilly Records

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released September 11, 2013

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SUNS OF ARQA are one of the greatest behind-the-scenes pioneers of World Beat, Downtempo, Ambient and Electro-Dub. Sonic genius Michael Wadada created SUNS OF ARQA in 1979. Finding inspiration around the globe, they set out to interpret indigenous, tribal and classical folk traditions. The result is a deeply spiritual vibration that merges cultures, faiths and musical genres. ... more

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Written by John Snelson, Dhevdhas Nair, Wayne Worm, Sticks &
Michael Wadada