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Krishna Lila

DJ Cheb I SabbahAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 4, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • ASIN: B0000667O1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Unlike many who enter the treacherous realm of dance that combines club rhythms with world music aesthetics, DJ Cheb I Sabbah forgets about "synergy" and trusts the source material and his own musical voice to provide the dance floor impetus. Long stretches of Krishna Lila are lifted straight from the sitar-driven classical-folk Indian traditions of Ravi Shankar, Ashwin Batish, and the Middle Eastern tabla rhythms of master percussionists like Zakir Hussain. Even more so than 1999's Shri Durga, Sabbah lends only very subtle production touches to his ragas and drones, spending Lila's running time in a confident glaze. The approach succeeds by recognizing the inherent beats already present and implied in the rich texture of Hindustani musical culture. Durga had its more mix-oriented follow-up in Maha Maya, so perhaps Sabbah will release a similar companion piece for this record. Until then, he leaves a pack of confused DJs in his wake, while he tries to liberate the tin from some of dance music's more robotically compliant ears. --Matthew Cooke

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beats and drones from another world.. marvelous. December 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Where can I begin here? I know next to nothing about Indian music (save the Indian/jazz hybrid of John McLaughlin's Shakti). I don't recognize any of the musicians' names, and I'm not sure how to pronounce half the instruments. I don't know a raga from a tala from a polka. (Well ok, I do know THAT much.) But I've been addicted and entranced by Krishna Lila all the same; it's hypnotic, full of earthy beats and ethereal melodies, and as calming & relaxing as.. umm, something that's really calm and relaxing. I probably shouldn't be trying to write this while listening to the album, as it has a way of clearing my head and making me want to lie down for a nap.
Where was I? Earthy beats. Cheb Sabbah's approach is to blend traditional Indian percussion & melodies with some slight electronic touches, although he uses the techno element as a subtle enhancement to the rhythm that's already there rather than making it dominant. Through this disc it's barely noticeable; I hear nothing but acoustic instruments for the first several minutes until a subdued beat creeps into "Maname Diname." Sometimes it's a quiet bass bump, sometimes it's a barely-there snare sample or light electronic beat. The focus here is on the music itself, a remarkable group of Indian selections performed with a passion that shines even through the quietly subdued trance of the whole disc. The songs never need to rise above mid-tempo, revealing their strength in easy mood-building rather than bursting energy. The singing is sometimes in foreign words and sometimes in a simple wordless chant, but when it's there it's strangely compelling.. whether it's floating along with the quiet percussive rhythm or riding over everything as if stretching to the heavens.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Playing with the Blue God July 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
It took me almost a year to decide I loved "Shri Durga." I don't know why, but it struck me wrong when I first bought it. I let it sit, then stuck it in again, and blam! The fact that I'd delved deeply into Indian classical (particularly Hindustani) likely had some effect. So when I happened upon "Krishna Lila" I was overjoyed. Then I stuck it in the player.
I was not disappointed. Slightly thrown off balance -- there are some significant differences from "Shri Durga" -- but luckily, the CD did not go the way of "Maha Maya" (which I didn't much care for.) In fact, quite the opposite: where "Maha Maya" consisted of remixes of pieces from "Shri Durga", many of which were, in my opinion, largely inferior to the originals, "Krishna Lila" is far more traditional, even acoustic, sounding.
Don't get me wrong -- this is not you're father's old Ravi Shankar album with modern production values. If my ears aren't mistaking me, dj Cheb i Sabbah did quite a bit of work. While "Maha Maya" was often overwrought electronica, "Krishna Lila" is a sublime, sometimes comparatively rough sounding, celebration of devotional music from the Indian subcontinent. And when I say 'rough,' I mean that in a GOOD way. It's the difference between a supergroup who gets together in a $1000/hour studio and a band that's been playing live for parties and on street corners for decades. The latter just has that STUFF that the former, for all its flash, never will. Also, unlike much Western music, which strives to make things as clean as possible, much Indian music purposefully "dirties" things -- the sympathetic strings of the sitar which add lush overtones is a good example, the raspy sound of much Indian violin compared to, say, Western classical technique is another.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful listening March 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a complex piece of music, with a large range of sonic atmospheres, not all of them "pure pleasure", but all of them thoughtful in terms of where they take you. It can be a challenge to get to the core of what is truly being expressed in this ancient music. Strange sounds and feelings are contained therin, and I am still sitting with it and discovering where it goes. I give it 4 stars only because it doesn't just grab you and shake your soul--it seems to ask your intellect to get involved as well, leading to a more thoughtful listening experience. Although he has put a very slight western spin on some cuts,which I like, I think the average western ear may be challenged by this. Still, I like it lots, and if you are into worldbeat, this can open new doors for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Krishna LiLa July 24, 2002
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well I bought this CD after reading the reviews and also listening to the samples not only from this site but from other sites as well. The listening samples actually doesn't highlight the best aspect of the music or do any justice to them.
Anyway this is a wonderful album.
This time DJ Cheb wants to experiment with South Indian Classical aswell. So the first part is South Indian Classical (Carnatic) and then part II is hindustani.
I enjoyed all of them ,my only suggestion to DJ is he could have used some more different ragas/scales esp for the Hindustani becoz some of it are on the same raga (Sindhoobhairavi)so felt like repetition to my ears they where all melodious ofcourse.
Final Note: A worthy Album and Sure buy
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Cover Artwork is Nice
I listened to a track on Pandora and thought, "Wow, a new genre of music from India!"

It turned out that the only thing I enjoyed on it was the artwork on the... Read more
Published 21 days ago by j.a.z.
4.0 out of 5 stars love it!
I love this album, especially Narajanma Bandage. What an amazing song. I just wish the vocalist (Baby Sriram) had her own albums. Read more
Published 19 months ago by kittykatty
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing and beautiful
Lovely background music while needing to concentrate on creative projects. It is timeless, creating a bubble with songs that last.
Published 20 months ago by Christine Haenen
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music
I love this CD for both yoga and belly dance practice!!! DJ Cheb I Sabbah spins an amazing mix that will be universally liked!!!
Published 21 months ago by Jennifer Niles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fusion remixes of tradition Indian Devotional Music
DJ Cheb I Sabbah's "Krishna Lila" and "Shri Durga" are two of my favorite Fusion remixes of traditional Devotional Music. Read more
Published 21 months ago by T.T.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
I wore out my last copy of this CD and gave away a couple others in the past, I have had Krishna Lila for almost ten years and still love it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by E. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Krishna Lila: The Album
Relaxing, soothing, an adventure in Hindustani music to the ear. Listen to it in the car. It is a fascinating experience.
Published on April 10, 2009 by T. Gunter
5.0 out of 5 stars close your eyes and listen
This album soothes the soul deeply; as it should. All the tracks are A++, my favorite is Lagi Lagan.If you close your eyes and listen when she starts to sing... Read more
Published on January 30, 2009 by Sultan of Speed
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing meld of Indian&Western beats
DJ Cheb I Sabbah goes for an earthier sound in "Krishna Lila" than he did with "Shri Durga" &its remix sequel "Maha Maya. Read more
Published on January 24, 2007 by Amaranth
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentler ride than its predecessor
Those listeners familiar with Shri Durga will find this a welcome complement to the earlier disc. The beats are quieter, and work beautifully with the complex drumming, and the... Read more
Published on August 19, 2005 by Geoffrey P. Smith
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