Label Marvels Of The Universe
Ghazalaw is a sublime musical meeting between acclaimed Indian ghazal singer–musician Tauseef Akhtar from Mumbai and Gwyneth Glyn, one of Wales’ leading singer-songwriters from Cricieth, North Wales.
Ghazalaw is a musical love-match, the marriage of two great traditions of love poetry and traditional music: the ghazal singing of the Indian subcontinent and the folk song of Wales. The pairing is unique – ghazal singing has never been fused with any alien musical tradition before – and reveals a remarkable and unexpected affinity between those two traditions. The ease with which they blend into something new and coherent is striking, even obvious.
Tauseef Akhtar served a ten year ‘apprenticeship’ with the greatest ghazal singer of modern times, the ‘King of Ghazal’ Jagjit Singh, responsible for drawing ghazal singing out from its Muslim and Urdu enclave; Tauseef now carries the torch forwards with Ghazalaw.
Gwyneth Glyn is steeped in the linguistic and poetic richness of her homeland, inspired by the landscape of Wales and centuries of tradition. Yet she stands at the forefront of a new Welsh generation keen to seek out and celebrate all the many affinities that tie two distant parts of the world together.
Title Live From Axis Mundi (CD+DVD)
Label Side One Dummy
Title Trans-Continental Hustle
Label Finders Keepers
Other tracks combine unlikely jazz, bossa and early ndisco influences unconsciously inducing political paranoia from the era’s brooding anti-pop regime.