We at Amarrass Records have been traveling to the Thar desert in Rajasthan (India) to do field recordings of master folk musicians. The video gives you a glimpse of the quality of the musicians, and a compelling reason for recording them now. Leaving it for later might be leaving it too late.
1. In December 2010 and April 2011, we made two trips to Rajasthan to archive and record more than 50 musicians from traditional musician communities of the region, such as the Manganiyars and the Langhas. Recorded in villages, often at the artist’s home, these two-channel analog tape recordings capture Rajasthani folk music at its purest.
2. The first volume of our field recordings project is in production and will be released under the title Mitha Bol (Sweet Verse). The recording, mixing, and mastering of the album adhere to the highest standards. You can listen to some of the songs from the album on our YouTube page, website and on our Facebook page. Here's what the album cover looks like:
3. Our second volume titled Banko Ghodo (Majestic Horse) is in the final stages of mastering. It contains the last recordings of the greatest female Manganiyar singer, Rukma Bai. It also contains, in one volume, music from three generations of musicians keeping a tradition alive.
4. The plan is to release Banko Ghodo at the two day Amarrass Desert Music Festival in New Delhi, India on November 26-27, 2011. The festival will feature artists included on these recordings, along with star representatives of the folk music tradition from Africa (Vieux Farka Toure, Mamadou Diabate).
5. The project is ongoing and we would like to extend it to other areas in India and beyond over the next year. Two important spin-offs are the documentation of cultural history through music; and engagement with the dwindling number of artisans who make instruments for traditional musicians.
Why we need funding:
1. We have self-financed the previous two releases on our label - The Manganiyar Seduction (CD, 2xLP 180gm RTI), Mitha Bol (CD).
2. We have also covered payments to artists to record and travel expenses towards the 3rd album Banko Ghodo. The album has been edited, mixed and mastered at WORT 89.9 FM studios in Madison, Wisconsin and is now ready for production/duplication.
3. At this final stage of completion comes a significant round of expenses. We are already heavily invested in this project. But we cannot see it through without your support.
4. A substantial part of the work has been done. We also feel a sense of urgency as many of the musicians we would want to record and publish may not be around for much longer. Every opportunity we get could be the last. And we would like this music to be heard by appreciative ears.
5. We hope you choose to join us on this. With the funds raised we will cover expenses for album design, studio time for final mastering, CD duplication and distribution. We are setting our funding goal at $2,500, but should we exceed this, and we hope we do, funds will be put towards more promotion of the album and artists, as well as a possible limited vinyl release of the album.
We value your contribution and have some ‘sound’ rewards for your support. Give now, and help us release Banko Ghodo.
Thanks for listening!
on behalf of the Amarrass team Ankur
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