The latest CD aam zameen : common ground is now available in India at OK Listen
The latest CD, aam zameen : common ground wins the 2012 JUNO Award and Canadian Folk Award.
Seen above - Kiran Ahluwalia on the Red Carpet at the 2012 JUNO ceremonies
where Aam Zameen : Common Ground was awarded Canada's prestigious JUNO Award
for BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR. This award win tops an exciting year
for the Indo-Canadian Singer, who recently performed with Tinariwen at the
Festival in the Desert in Mali. Tinariwen's only other collaborator at the
festival was U2's Bono. Kiran also won the Canadian Folk Music Award for
World Solo Artist of the Year and the album was selected by Songlines as one
of the Ten Top of the World CD¹s. As well, Kiran's voice was a part of the
original score in the Oscar winning documentary "Saving Face".
Although the Sahara desert is thousands of miles from the Indian
subcontinent and shares no physical common ground - a unique musical
territory has been created enjoining the two. Having previously merged her
music with sounds as diverse as Portuguese fado and Celtic fiddle, on this
captivating new recording, Kiran Ahluwalia embraces her love of Saharan
desert blues and collaborates with two Tuareg groups; the legendary
Tinariwen and up-and-coming fellow tribesmen, Terakaft.
The album is a sea change from her previous work and perhaps the most
persuasive fusing of South Asian and West African music ever realized.
After many months of developing ideas for this collaboration, the tipping
point for Kiran came when she met famed Tinariwen and Robert Plant producer,
Justin Adams while on tour in Europe in 2009. He quickly agreed to produce
the collaborative sessions and helped start a dialogue between Kiran and
Tinariwen's leader Ibrahim Ag Alhabib - the man credited with inventing the
modern Tuareg electric guitar style.
To provide a gateway to the musical common ground she was seeking, Kiran had
a specific song in mind. "I knew it would be compelling to have a song from
the South Asian Islamic tradition performed with Muslims from Mali" says
Ahluwalia, "and I could think of nothing better than the Nusrat Fateh Ali
Khan classic, Mustt Mustt. The use of hand claps and the call and response
between the main vocalist and the rest of the group's singers are common to
both qawwali music and the Tuareg's own music".
Soon sessions with both Tinariwen and Terakraft took place in France and the
results were beyond all expectations. Sessions at Realworld Studios in the
UK followed (where Gambian ritti player and long time Justin Adams
collaborator, Juldeh Camara wove his melodic magic into several songs) and
by early summer, the album was completed and sent off to Grammy Award
winning producer Peter Moore for mastering.
By any measure, Aam Zameen: Common Ground, is a remarkable document of the
life-changing musical journey Ahluwalia has travelled, and it establishes
her as an innovator who looks beyond her own heritage, to create a musical
world where geographic boundaries no longer apply.