by Radha


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Radha is characterized by a bit of ethno-trance mixing the sensibilities and keyboard licks of the basic European trance movement with the vocals and instrumentation of Indian folk music. The motifs for the whole of the self-titled album are peace and love. The more specific focus is on that of Radha, consort to Krishna and exotic love goddess of the Hindu pantheons, which makes a good metaphor for the concepts of peace and love embraced by the creators. The album opens with an exchange between Krishna and Radha, then moves into a remembrance of the peaceful days of Sri Lanka and a love song for a princess. Following are a pair of works dreaming of a peaceful world and a pair looking back again to the golden age of pre-technological peace and tranquility. Another cry for unity and peace ensues, followed by an exchange between lovers Rama and Sita of the Ramayana epic. Two more songs to peace lead into a finale of love for one's father, covering the concept of familial love before ending the album. The album can start to drag from time to time, as any trance album is wont to do in the slower portions, but despite this, there's enough variety in song style to keep the listener interested throughout, with more upbeat numbers often filling the gaps between the slowest of tracks. More helpful to this end perhaps is the heavy usage of sitar and tabla, which are best kept at a higher pace over the top of the sinuous curves of keyboard ambience. While the subcontinent seems something of a hotbed for fusion with modern forms of music, some albums are more noteworthy than others. This album stands as one of those for its ability to produce an essentially simple groove, but hang onto it without losing its focus and keep a strong enough fusion aspect to make a coherent sound rather than an uncomfortable union of two entirely distinct parts.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2003
Label: Amiata Records
UPC: 0657711060122
catalogNumber: 601

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Radha   Primary Artist
Angelo Ricciardi   Keyboards
Enrico Colombo   Keyboards
Susil Amarasingha   Violin
Rohan Tissera   Voices,Soloist
Malani Bulathsinhala   Voices,Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Ershan Fernando   Voices,Soloist
Manoj Peiris   Tabla
Dammika Jayakody   Voices
Masha Jayakody   Voices,Soloist
Sylvester Jayakody   Voices,Soloist
Champa Kalhari   Voices,Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Gunadasa Kapuge   Voices,Soloist,Recitation
Sanath Nandasiri   Voices,Soloist
Anuradha Nandasiri   Voices,Soloist
Nilan Perrera   Sitar

Technical Credits

Angelo Ricciardi   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Enrico Colombo   Arranger,Programming,Remixing
Matteo Silva   Executive Producer
Carlo Savona   Graphic Design
Daniela Annetta   Artwork
Pradeepa Grero   Producer,Engineer
Sylvester Jayakody   Producer,Engineer

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