Wednesday, February 8, 2012

CD Review: Shubha Mudgal/Ursula Rucker/Business Class Refugees' 'No Stranger Here'

Shubha Mudgal/Ursula Rucker/Business Class Refugees
No Stranger Here

Inspired by poetry written by Kabir in the 16th century, No Stranger Here is surprisingly refreshing, remarkable, and steeped in Hindustani traditions that are reinvented for the modern era. The spoken word artistry of Ursula Rucker provides a contemporary, yogic feel, while still remaining rich with sound and eloquent mysticism. Born in Allahabad, India, Shubha Mudgal brings a qualified, vocal presence to the mix with a pop, fusion, and Hindustani khayal background. Business Class Refugees are Patrick Sebag and Yotam Agam. These originators provide a more contemporary base with rhythmic percussion and electronic wizardry that sets the stage for a creative stew of sumptuous concoctions for any world music fan with a hankering for South Asian invasion. Don't be a stranger it today! ~ Matthew Forss

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