Initiated by Jodhpur RIFF (Rajasthan International Folk Festival)
In 2011 Australian artists Jeff Lang and Bobby Singh travelled deep into the deserts of Rajasthan to meet traditional folk musicians Asin Langa (master of the sindhi sarangi, a northern Indian stringed instrument) and Bhungar Manginyar (khartal player, Indian percussion). Initiated by the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, this remarkable collaboration has gone on to span genres, continents and styles.
The resulting musical conversation, Maru Tarang (Ripples of the Desert) sees ancient traditional Rajasthani folk infused with blues and roots music. Without a spoken language in common, these artists have developed a richly layered eloquent musical tongue. The result is both electric and hypnotic in equal measure.
Jeff Lang — guitars and vocals
Asin Langa — sindhi sarangi and vocals
Bobby Singh — tabla
Bhungar Manganiyar — khartal
‘Australian roots music tinged with classical Indian rhythms … and the effect is mesmerising’.
Celtic Connections 2014, Folk Radio UK