Kailash Kher and Kailasa: Yatra /Nomadic Souls (Cumbancha)

 |   |  <1 min read

Kailash Kher and Kailasa: Turiya Turiya
Kailash Kher and Kailasa: Yatra /Nomadic Souls (Cumbancha)

If the sound of Indian (Bollywood) playback singers or Indo-pop has never made much sense to you then you are directed to the thrilling soundtrack to the film Cash (video clip here) or maybe this very Western-framed album by one of the country's biggest stars.

Kher has become something of singing superstar (it would be fair to observe he didn't get there on his looks) and he has one of those powerful voices of qawwali singers -- but is nowhere near Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (who possessed much more gravitas and transcendental take-off) as his champions have suggested.

But here on his first major international release he fires it across the top of music which sometimes has reggae or hip-hop beats, makes nods to Western pop and rock, and which includes every sound under the sun to hook you in. It works too -- although there is also some very weak material here.

But from jingle singer to a judge on Indian Idol is some distance to travel in five years, and here is his pitch for wider recognition on re-recorded material and some new tracks which are musically right across the board from ballads to tabla-rock.

When he does soar (Jhoomo Re) or takes the mood down (the acoustic tracks at the end) it is impressive -- but mostly it is enjoyable, often exotically exciting spiritually-infused Indo-folk pop-rock which deserves a serious hearing -- even if you do go away thinking it stumbles in a few important places. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Imed Alibi: Safar (IRL)

Imed Alibi: Safar (IRL)

This excitingly exotic Arabic music by Tunisian percussionist Alibi has is given an effectively capacious production in a French studio and some dramatic orchestration by... > Read more

Silk and Bamboo Ensemble: Traditional Chinese Music (Arc)

Silk and Bamboo Ensemble: Traditional Chinese Music (Arc)

We have been down this seductive and often restful path a few times with the Silk String Quartet, the solo album by pipa/qin player Cheng Yu and the Taoist Music Orchestra of Shanghai -- but the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

CHAMPION JACK DUPREE REMEMBERED (2012): Seconds out of the ring . . .

CHAMPION JACK DUPREE REMEMBERED (2012): Seconds out of the ring . . .

Blues pianist Champion Jack Dupree could always upset a few expectations. While his few remaining colleagues in the old blues game disavowed alcohol, Dupree told me in 1988 -- when he was... > Read more

BOB MARLEY FOR BEGINNERS (2012): Bob's business is big business

BOB MARLEY FOR BEGINNERS (2012): Bob's business is big business

With the DVD release of the doco Marley by Kevin MacDonald, interest is again ignited in this musical, political and religious figure who is often lazily billed as "the first Third World... > Read more