While Marble Man is out of town for a long weekend with his family, Pooch and I are getting in some quality time together, exploring new musical genres. For a long time I was stuck in the 60's, 70's, and 80's (especially the 80's!). And while that's all fun and good, it doesn't do much to stretch my mind. So, I've been watching World Music on LINK TV again, and now have a new favorite singer.
She is Kiran Ahluwalia, Indian by birth, raised in Canada, and intensively trained in singing Gazals and Punjabi folk songs for the past 10 years. She is truly amazing: her voice is pure, her band is modern while maintaining the exotic feel of the musical color and rhythms. When I listen to her, I close my eyes and I can imagine the smell of hot, spice-filled air and beautiful sari-clad and bejeweled girls dancing. If you are looking for Far eastern music with a truly authentic, dreamy quality, she's your girl!
I hope you enjoy this gazal composed by her (her husband is playing the electric guitar):