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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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. ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
Opening Salt Rain is an invocation to the Hindu deity Lord Ganesh, remover of obstacles. In the Indian tradition, it's always a good idea to get Ganesh's blessings at the beginning of any new venture. Susheela Raman may toss in bass, drums, and other Western flourishes, but she also knows when to stick with the tried and true practices of her native culture. Raman also affords praise to other deities, namely the devis or goddesses Saraswati and Kamakshi, and lords Shiva and Rama. No doubt about it, Salt Rain is truly a mix of East and West, as Raman sought out producer Sam Mills after hearing his work with Bengali singer Paban Das Baul. Mills gathered musicians from around the world to create the backdrop for Raman, who sings in English and various Indian languages -- Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu -- as well as East African Luo. Most of the songs are traditional prayers or chants that Raman and Mills arranged in such ways as to fit their vision without losing the essence of the original. Overall, they did a pretty good job, as Raman shines more on those pieces than any others.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2005
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724385095528
  • Catalog Number: 8509552

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ganapati
  2. 2 Maya
  3. 3 Mamavatu
  4. 4 Woman
  5. 5 Mahima
  6. 6 Trust In Me
  7. 7 Bolo Bolo
  8. 8 Salt Rain
  9. 9 Kamakshi
  10. 10 Nagumomo
  11. 11 O Rama
  12. 12 Song To The Siren
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Susheela 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 Credits
Rob 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Relaxing and Uplifting

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing stuff!

    All of the songs are pretty interesting if you like fusion. Especially, no.3 , ''Mamavatu'' is just way too amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surrender to Susheela

    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.

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