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Shukriya
     

Shukriya

by Sukhawat Ali Khan
 
On the three albums he made as part of the Ali Khan Band (aka Shabaz) a group he formed with his sister and brother-in-law, Pakistani singer/harmonium player Sukhawat Ali Khan employed crossover elements, but he takes a more traditional approach on his debut solo album Shukriya (which means "thanks" in Urdu). Khan is a teacher of

Overview

On the three albums he made as part of the Ali Khan Band (aka Shabaz) a group he formed with his sister and brother-in-law, Pakistani singer/harmonium player Sukhawat Ali Khan employed crossover elements, but he takes a more traditional approach on his debut solo album Shukriya (which means "thanks" in Urdu). Khan is a teacher of traditional northern Indian and Pakistan classical music, and although the songs are original compositions, they are played on traditional instruments for the most part, even if Robert Halim Friedman does introduce acoustic and electric guitars here and there as well as organ on "Ajameri." That song has a syncopated rhythm somewhat reminiscent of reggae, but elsewhere Khan often leads the instruments with his voice, slowing or speeding up as the mood takes him. He sings in a variety of languages -- Urdu, Farsi, Punjabi, Hindi, and even a bit of English in "Barapar" -- mixing religious and secular sentiments. The centerpiece of the album is "Natnarayani (Part 1)," which is based on a raga composed by Khan's father, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, a slow, contemplative piece. But just because the music is traditional, that doesn't mean it doesn't kick up its heels on occasion. "Bhangra Piyar," coming late in the set list, is an up-tempo, celebratory track appropriate for dancing. As one would expect of a first solo album from a veteran performer, Shukriya gives a more direct sense of the artist than previous collaborative works.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
Label:
Megawave Records
UPC:
0603408910324
catalogNumber:
99103

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Performance Credits

Sukhawat Ali Khan   Primary Artist,Percussion,Harmonium,Vocals,Djembe
Ken Okulolo   Bass
Sachiko Kanenobu   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Vakila Marjo ter Veld   Percussion,Vocals
Robert Halim Friedman   Organ,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Gurdeep Singh Hira   Harmonium,Tabla,Dholak
Maxx Zweeers   Vocals

Technical Credits

André Zweers   Engineer
Sukhawat Ali Khan   Arranger,Composer,Author
Sachiko Kanenobu   Arranger,Producer
Vakila Marjo ter Veld   Art Direction
Robert Halim Friedman   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Ravi Anand   Cover Photo
Gurdeep Singh Hira   Contributor

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