One stage for world acts
One of the most anticipated music festivals of the year, ‘Sur Jahan’ brings together the best of local, national and international talent on one stage. Café finds out more about the performing actsTeam Cafe
‘Sur Jahan’ - The World Peace Music Festival, organised by banglanatak dot com in association with the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa will take place on February 7, 8 and 9, 2018 at Kala Academy, Panjim. This year, the three-day peace music festival will bring about a convergence of ideas on harmony, peace and divinity through the seven acts that will be performing at the festival. The festival aims at connecting Indian folk artistes to the world through cultural exchange. Besides the live performances, the festival caters to educating the audience through the numerous workshops. The musical acts include Atse Tewodros Project, Cheikh Lo, Muzsikas, Muzykanci, Tuuletar, Nizami Khusro Brothers and Bengal Goa Musical Ensemble. Born in Ethiopia and brought up in Italy, Gabriella Ghermandi grew up in a world full of different sounds like Ethiopian, Italian, Congolese and Indian. In an attempt to bring together Ethiopian and Italian musicians to foster mutual dialogue and artistic creation, she formed the Atse Tewodros Project. Their album ‘Ethiopia Celebrating Emperor Tewodros II’ was also in the ballot for the 59th Grammy Awards in two categories. They will be performing in Goa on February 9 at 6pm and the workshop will be held on February 8 at 11:30am. Hailing from the Francophone country of Burkina Faso in West Africa, Cheikh Lo’s music is a mix of mbalax, reggae and soukous influences. He was awarded the WOMEX Lifetime Award in 2015. He will be performing on February 8 at 8pm and will be conducting a workshop on February 9 at 11:30am. Bringing Hungary's folk music to global limelight, Muzsikas will be performing at Sur Jahan on February 7 at 8pm followed by their workshop on February 8 at 10:30am. The four-member band often combines traditional Hungarian folk music with the classical compositions of Bartok, Kodaly, Kurtag and many others. Their music pieces have also featured in movies like ‘The English Patient’, ‘Music Box’ and ‘Only Yesterday’. The ensemble will be accompanied by two guests, Hanga Kacsó, singer and István Berecz, dancer. One of the most original folk bands in the Polish music world, Muzykanci will be performing on February 8 at 7pm and their workshop will be held at February 9 at 10:30am. Muzykanci has been consistently experimenting and making versions of Polish folk songs from various Polish, Lemko, Hungarian, Balkan, Gypsy and Jewish tunes. Tuuletar from Finland will be performing on February 7 at 7pm and the workshop will be conducted on February 8 at 12:30pm. This vocal performance group is formed by four diverse women from Finland. From American Hip Hop to South Asian folk, Tuuletar takes inspiration from all kinds of music and pioneers the genre of Vocal Folk Hop. Nizami Khusro Brothers from Delhi will be performing on February 9 at 7pm. Among the families which have carried on Qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music, are the Nizami Khusro Brothers who head the Qawwal Bachhe and Delhi Gharana. Led by Saqlain Nizami, this group is well versed and can perform in several languages, such as Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Urdu, etc. They have total mastery over various genres of classical music, such as Dhrupad, Khayal, Tarana, Thumri and Dadra, which they blend beautifully with Qawwali. This family has been singing Qawwalis for the last eight centuries and is famous for their performances in India. Bengal Goa Musical Ensemble will be performing on February 8 at 6pm and they will conduct a workshop on February 9 at 12:30pm. A collaboration between musicians from Bengal and Goa, Bengal Goa Musical Ensemble has released three music albums in the last four years. The beauty of this ensemble is that Folks of Bengal is represented by both urban and rural traditional folk musicians covering various forms of music, including Bhawaiya, Baul and Jhumur.
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