Roshwalla Myayeini Dilbaro – Aabha Hanjura

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From Kashmir arrives Aabha Hanjura, who has taken the mantle of promoting the sounds of her state to a wider audience through her singing talent over the past ten years or so. Supporting Kashmiri rhythms – notably, the usage of rabab by Abdul Rashid Shah and the darbukka by Ganeshan Govind Swamy – with modern dance beats courtesy Western instrumentation, indicate how effectively musicians integrate different traditions into modern pop. The central point in all this remains the alluring singing from singer-songwriter Aabha. I do not know to what extent she was inspired into a musical career by Sting’s collaboration with Cheb Mami on “Desert Rose” some 15 years ago, but “Roshwalla Myayeini Dilbaro” stands by its own uniqueness and succeeds.

 

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/aabhahanjura

– Review by PARAG KAMANI

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