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German trio Dissidenten invokes Kipling, Coltrane, the Bhagavad Gita and recite poetic musings on the significance of rhythm. A bit pretentious? Sure, but the band is gracious enough to let guest artists the Karnataka College of Percussion on vocals, tanpoura, violin, and drums steal the show song after song — especially on "Monsoon" when the D's strip down to jockey shorts and electric piano to let a chorister strut her Carnatic pipes. In fact, so many guests take front and center in this sense-spinning fusing of classical Indian music, funk, and rock, you'd think the Germans had relegated themselves to session musician status. They play expert backbone, though, organizing a complex project that easily could have thudded.


Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

Although the trio Dissidenten specializes in the exotic sounds of Africa, all three of their members -- Uve Müllrich, Marlon Klein, and Friedo Josch -- hail from Berlin, Germany. Originally formed in 1981, the trio issued a few self-financed singles, before touring Asia for the better part of a year. By 1982, the group had relocated to India, where they lived in the palace of Maharaja Bhalkrishna Bharti of Gondagaon in Madja Pradesh in central India. This proved to be the location where Dissidenten's...
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