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Tana Tani

State Of BengalAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Saifullah 'Sam' Zaman, the east London DJ and producer who records as State Of Bengal, was first introduced to Paban Das Baul when he attended a tribute to the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan at the Royal Festival Hall, shortly after the qawwali legend's death in 1997. Zaman had been attracted to the music of the Bauls ever since coming across a vinyl LP by an elderly singer called ... Read more in Amazon's State Of Bengal Store

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  • Audio CD (June 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real World
  • ASIN: B0001LVZEI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Moner Manush
2. Kali
3. Radha Krishna
4. Tana Tani
5. Ram Rahim
6. Medina
7. Padma Nodi
8. Dohai Allah
9. Bolo Kotai
10. Kon Ek Pakhi
11. Al Keuto Sap
12. Tal Rosh

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The Bauls are India's divine fools, roving bands of illiterate, mystic-musicians who own only the clothes on their backs and a battered patchwork quilt. They sing for their supper, often espousing Tantra (a discipline that suggests that sacred epiphany can be achieved through sexuality), and then move on. London-based DJ Sam Zaman (aka State of Bengal) encouraged Paban Das Baul, who is accustomed to interpreting 500-year-old texts, to write his own lyrics for the first time and the singer sounds organic and relaxed amid Zaman's sitar-and-bass-heavy, snare-driven chillout milleu. But this is not so extreme a cultural conundrum as it may at first appear. Paban has long since learned to read and now lives in Paris, where he enjoys making art. But despite the change of address, his voice retains its unadorned, sensual purity; it snakes through Zaman's hissing neon wire-knots like a flaming hair from the head of God. --Christina Roden

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is Authenticity Irrelevant? August 9, 2004
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Once, back when us Northwesterners were fortunate (very fortunate) enough to host the WOMAD-USA Festival, I had a debate with a colleague about whether Real World Records had its own distinct audience. Real World's audience was and is, I would argue, neither post-Hippie travelers in love with grooves nor internationalist scholars dedicated to 'tradition,' although perhaps some of both. The label has always put its money on a balance between immaculate production and inspired performance. In the words of Real World's own Web site, "the Real World label has become renowned for bringing together musicians who share an empathy with music in general, rather than a shared cultural background....We find that great music is enjoyable to listen to irrespective of the nationality of artists creating it. Indeed, many of the most exciting sounds that you will discover on our label are the result of collaborations between musicians from many different countries." In other words, Real World is about music making, not labels--including "World Music"--musicians and audience, not...authenticity. Thus, I think Real World's audience is one that respects this perspective on music, an audience that is at once knowledgeable about context but cosmopolitan enough to look beyond context.

Tana Tani seems like a perfect case example for this definition of Real World's ethics/aesthetics, as well as how it can succeed. Many listeners will know that the Bauls are itinerant nonconformists from Bengal and Bangladesh who make their living playing and dancing to ecstatic, idiosyncratic devotional music. Some will also know that Paban Das Baul left India to live in Paris, where he became literate in multiple languages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modernizing Bengali Music August 18, 2004
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This CD should appeal to Bengali speakers especially, as I think the modernization of Bengali-language music has been overwhelmed by the flood of Punjabi beats and hip-hoppified Punjabi folk songs coming from the UK. I personally don't mind the Punjabi dominance, as I understand a lot of Punjabi, but I think there is a huge reservoir of music in other languages that is being overlooked. As this CD shows, there is certainly something very distinctive and beautiful in the Bengali folk tradition; I hope Zaman will continue to explore it. (As a side note, I should point out that the CD liner to Tana Tani has translations of the songs -- my only request is that in future they also include the literal transcriptions in Bangla.)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not Great... December 29, 2005
By kda
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD after I heard just one song at a friend's house. It isn't bad at all, but I was expecting a little more 'depth' and 'world influence' and a little less tin can background. If I had a chance, I probably would not buy it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Ninjatune & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan April 20, 2006
By Weshaz
Format:Audio CD
This rich fusion of beats and indigenous music will gently spin

your mind while soothing your soul. Sounds a bit like Funky

Porcini, but not as abrupt. Passionate, not as intense as

qawwali music, great purcussion offset by some nice guitar runs. It never gets monotonous. Plug this one into your pimped

ride, boyyyzzz! It will SOAR!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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man i cant stop listening to this cd all the way through. each and every song is filled to the brim with eastern dub jazz fusion. paban is with out a dought 1 of the best eastern and bengali singers this world has ever sceen. this far surpasses anything that state has previouslly done and even with walking on being the incredible album that it is, it is no where near the realm that this album shapes into. this is more consistant and has a full album feel. no techno remixes or songs that dont fit the fill. the tempo is verry mild, not typical fast techo-ish asian massive underground stuff. if you are looking to fuel your need for more paban he has an album with sam milles and is electronic but may not fuel the same fire that this album has set ablaze, but still cool and original. full review from state of bengal web site

Welcome to the place where words fail and music speaks.

Tana Tani' plunges Paban into the dub-heavy melee of the British Asian breakbeat scene, where his ecstatic, smoky vocals soar over juddering beats and squelchy basslines, and his urgent and hypnotic rhythms mutate into frenetic drum 'n' bass breaks.

The collaboration began in Zaman's home studio in Upton Park, east London in December 2002 and continued to grow at Paban's Paris home. During the sessions Zaman began working around Paban's strong, timeless melodies and haunting lyrics, building up each song organically. Often Zaman's syncopated beats were unfamiliar to Paban, and essentially they had to learn each other's music. Both Zaman and Mimlu Sen (Paban's partner and collaborator) made suggestions, and Paban experimented by fitting more familiar rhythmic patterns like the dhrupada of the jhaptal into Zaman's syncopations.
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