Salt Rainby Susheela Raman
Anglo-Asian chanteuse Susheela Raman emerges as a confident new star on the world music scene with her impressive debut, Salt Rain. Growing up in a South Indian community in Australia, Susheela performed Carnatic devotional songs, then studied classical vocals in India before returning to England to pursue a music career. Featured as a vocalist for the DJ group Joi on their first album, Susheela moves easily from jazz and blues to African music to folky singer-songwriter material in both English and Tamil. With co-conspirator Sam Mills, the Real World producer-at-large, she paints a series of pensive moodscapes enlivened by flutes, violin, acoustic guitar, and tabla. The droning "Ganapati," an invocation to the god Ganesh, slowly swells into an electrifying aural intoxicant, while "Maya" ties together ethereal strains of sitar, a jaunty reggae rhythm, and a hot-jazz clarinet. Her pleading melodies on "Orama" proceed like some bittersweet supplication rolling up to the sky, and "Woman" is an open call for women's liberation everywhere. In Susheela's hands, "Trust In Me," the serpentine showstopper from Disney's "The Jungle Book," is transformed into a sensual Oriental mambo. Devotées of divas from Cassandra Wilson to Susana Baca to Sheila Chandra will find plenty to like in Susheela Raman's exotic soul music.
- Release Date:
- Emi Europe Generic
- Trust In Me
- Bolo Bolo
- Salt Rain
- O Rama
- Song To The Siren
Performance CreditsSusheela Raman Primary Artist,Vocals,Tanpura
Marque Gilmore Drums
Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Percussion
Hilaire Penda Bass,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Ayub Ogada Vocals
Vincent Segal Cello
Manos Achalinotopoulos Clarinet
Michel Fernandez Cajon
Sam Mills Guitar
Technical CreditsRob Keyloch Engineer
Hilaire Penda Arranger
Arabella Rodriguez Engineer
Ayub Ogada Arranger
Stuart Bruce Engineer
Vincent Segal Cello Arrangement
Mathew Jones Arranger
Manos Achalinotopoulos Engineer
Sam Mills Arranger,Producer
Susheela Raman Arranger,Liner Notes
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Great music to have a relaxing evening and enjoy a glass of wine or tea.
All of the songs are pretty interesting if you like fusion. Especially, no.3 , ''Mamavatu'' is just way too amazing.
This CD comes with me wherever I go because it's so relaxing and fun at the same time. You will be taken up into each song and carried through the clouds on Raman's voice. The artist perfectly blends ethereal Hindu music with earthy Blues for a fusion album like no other. Salt Rain is hypnotic, addictive, a masterpiece of fusion!
This album is so beautiful...a perfect soundtrack for your most intimate dinner and after ;). Seriously though, she is a wonderful vocalist and the songs are exotic and very mood inducing.