Midweek Music Moment: Manju Nihar (a Tamil folk song)

‘Autorickshaw’ are a Canadian World Music ensemble noted for their richly-layered combination of contemporary jazz, funk and folk with the classical and popular music of India.

Nominated for JUNO’s (Canada’s top music award) in 2004 and 2007 for World Music Album of the Year, I was entranced on the radio recently by their lush, trance-like ‘Manju Nihar’.

A Tamil folk song from the late 1880’s, ‘Manju Nihar’ is from Autorickshaw’s 2007 album ‘So the Journey Goes’

 

 

And if that’s got you in the mood to dive in to some world music and get your feet moving to some Qawwali (devotional music of the sufi’s), then check out ‘Jhoole Jhoole Laal Dam Mast Qalandar’ from the world-renowned Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

 

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