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Album Review

Paban Das Baul is the best known of the Bengali Baul family of itinerant musicians. This very stripped-down new album is, for all intents and purposes, timeless trance music with his voice as the center. The impression this gives is a little false, though; it's hypnotic, but also passionately emotional at times. It's certainly an indication of Baul's power that the only instrumental track here, "Murshidi," is the weakest. Regardless of his origins, you'd be hard-pressed to tie this music down to any specific continent, as traces from all over slip in — the Middle East, Africa, Asia — making it something that travels the world easily. There's a stark, spare beauty to all this, and it certainly doesn't sound like music made in the 21st century. That, perhaps, is part of its appeal. Not so much timeless as out of time and place, existing just as music, wandering.


Born: 1961 in Mahamedpur, Bengal, India

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

The rich and melodic musical tradition of India's Bengali region is given a modern sensibility by Paban Das Baul, a master of the dubki (a small tambourine) and a hypnotic vocalist. Synthesizing Tantric Buddhism, Baishnavism and Sufism, Das Baul has created worldwide attention for his trance-inspiring performances. Born in Mohammedpur, a small village in the West Bengali district of Murshibadad, Das Baul inherited his musical interests from his father, a martial arts champion who turned to singing...
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Music Of The Honey Gatherers, Paban Das Baul
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  • £7.90
  • Genres: World, Music, Asia
  • Released: 24 May 2010

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