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|Yotam Agam||Horn, Bells|
|K.V. Balakrishnan||Percussion, Tabla|
|Patrick Sebag||Bass, Gong, Keyboards, fender rhodes|
|Supardi||Choir, Chorus, Didong|
|Mohamed Ibrahim||Percussion, Vocals|
|B.V. Ragavendra Rao||Violin|
|Yoosuf Al Rahman||Percussion, Vocals|
|Zakariya Hameed||Percussion, Vocals|
|Yoosuf Abdul Qadir||Vocals|
|Shwe Shwe Khine||Vocals|
|Sabumudeen Babha Sabeer||Vocals|
|Raj Prakash Paul||Hand Clapping|
|Oca Lot||Choir, Chorus, Didong|
|Mohammad Yusuf Bombang||Percussion, Narrator|
|Lwin Ko Oo||Vocals|
|Khine Zin Shwe||Vocals|
|Jul Arsi Jalil||Choir, Chorus, Didong|
|Hassan Amir||Percussion, Vocals|
|Fri Jalil||Choir, Chorus, Didong|
|B.B.R. Basil Perera||Violin, Harmonium|
|Ahmed Sobah||Percussion, Vocals|
|Ahmed Hussein||Percussion, Vocals|
|Abdul Nasir||Percussion, Vocals|
|Mohamed Rasheed||Percussion, Vocals|
|Indra Kala||Choir, Chorus, Didong|
|Teuku Admiral||Percussion, Vocals|
|Madras String Section||Strings|
|Naushaad Abdullah||Percussion, Vocals|
|Kasmira Fatra||Choir, Chorus, Didong|
|Tengku Ama Nifara||Flute|
|Samuel Jebaraj||Hand Clapping|
|Abdullah Rasheed||Percussion, Vocals|
|Abdul Azeef Yoosuf||Percussion, Vocals|
|Yotam Agam||Composer, Engineer, Mastering, Sound Design|
|Patrick Sebag||Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer|
|Sonya Mazumdar||Producer, Writer|
|Sastry Karra||Executive Producer|
|Jess Gorick||Cover Art|
|Timur Angin||Still Pictures|
|Joanne de Rozario||Producer|
|David Chaudior||Cover Art|
Posted April 23, 2011
The Laya Project was created as a piece of art to join music culture of the regions affected by the 2004 tsunami that struck India,Indonesia and many other countries.
Due to the fact that may countries participated in this project of hope, the sound foundation is very wide as well giving the two CD album a unique variety of sound. Not only culturally are these songs quite diverse but also instrumentally. Since every country has different instruments used in their traditional folk music every song has some other sound to it. Some are based heavily on rhythm with strong drums and deep bass, others have distinct melodies. Both are well balance throughout the album. The vocals vary as well from monk-like male chanting to beautiful female solo parts letting the listener experience of the culture in a somewhat different way.
To some audience that is more used to the western sound and intonation this album with its musical background might seem very different. That however does not mean that it can't be appreciated by everyone.
The fact that some of the songs on this album were passed on from generation to generation only by playing them and were not commonly recorded or even written down is very interesting to me. This,to me is proof of the originality of the musical and cultural experience The Laya Project has to offer.
The first CD of the double feature Laya Project begins with a remix of the song "Glorious Sun". This is somewhat unique in that the listener has probably not even heard the original version of the song by then. However this is well intended since the remix has a mellow but yet harmonic tune to it and does not start the listener of with a severe culture shock. After this introductory tune the audience is gradually brought closer to increasingly more traditional melodies and rhythms of these foreign countries. The second CD,however, immediately has a very esoteric touch and feeling of complete harmony. Again this CD starts with the song "Glorious Sun" which in this case however is the original version. Throughout the entire two CD album this track could be considered a theme song and is repeated more than once in different versions which frames the work nicely. Starting off with this much more traditional version the entire second part of the double feature takes on a completely mellow mood and concludes with being very relaxing. Since the first CD is a bit shorter than the second it can be seen as an introduction to the main part and theme of the project which is expressed fully within the songs of the second disk.
Through multicultural endeavors such as the Laya Project more people become aware of the importance of culture and its heritage which may increase appreciation and concern. This is why I can highly recommend this musical creation to pretty much anybody.
This album is a truly superior example of world music in all its facets and therefore can be highly recommended to any musically open minded audience. It can also be exciting to learn about new and different cultures, as well as their traditions.This may be hard to do at time which is why I think The Laya Project offers a great opportunity for this as well. If you have not come across any music from the countries mentioned this could be a good introduction and is almost certain to further your curiosity.The music needs to be heard in order for it to be passed on from person to person as it already has for thousands of years.