Jai Ganesha (2009)

by Emam & Friends

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"What a breath of fresh air. Just when music seems to be following a general protocol, Jai Ganesha appears and reminds us that music is in its essence, unique and always uplifting. An inspirational album, Jai Ganesha has bolted the windows open for sacred creativity. Emam and these artists have confirmed once again while bringing cultures together to celebrate, that Spirit has no borders." – Josh Massad

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Music is a force which crosses all artificial political, cultural and racial boundaries, unifying us all as human beings. My interest has always been in bringing together different styles to create original, fresh and uplifting music. The compositions come to life by a cast of musicians from India, Poland, Hungary, South Africa and the USA. The music brings together Indian classical music, Middle Eastern and Eastern European music as well Jazz. There are two pieces featuring Indian classical vocals of Geetika Varde; two pieces with Polish lyrics/vocals by Yashoda; Zoltan Lantos (Hungarian violinist) is featured on two pieces; the great jazz bass player, Kai Eckhardt is featured on five pieces; Taufiq Qureshi, percussionist and younger brother of Zakir Hussain, is featured on five pieces; Polish jazz bass player, Robert Szydlo is featured on six pieces; sarangi player, Ustad Asif Ali Khan, from Delhi, is featured on eight pieces; Deepak Ram, bansuri (bamboo flute) player from South Africa (with Indian origins), is featured on five pieces; Indu Prakash adds his Indian Classical vocal improvisations to seven pieces. In addition, the album features Pandit Mukesh Sharma, sarod player from Delhi, Dave Lewis, drummer from Los Angles and Emam on (almost) all pieces.

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released January 15, 2020

SONG CREDITS:
1) Jai Ganesha (Emam)
Mukesh Sharma: sarod; Asif Ali Khan: sarangi; Moses Sedler: cello; Yashoda: vocals; Taufiq Qureshi: dumbak; Dave Lewis: drums; Emam: dumbak, percussion

2) Desert Moon (Emam)
Mukesh Sharma: sarod; Geetika Varde: lead vocals; Moses Sedler: cello; Gari Hegedus: oud; Kai Eckhardt: bass; Dave Lewis: drums; Emam: ghatam, percussion

3) Come to Poland Part 1 (music: Emam, lyrics: Yashoda)
Mukesh Sharma: sarod; Asif Ali Khan: sarangi; Yashoda: vocals; Robert Szydło: bass; Dave Lewis: drums; Emam: tabla

4) Come to Poland Part 2 (Emam)
Mukesh Sharma: sarod; Asif Ali Khan: sarangi; Indu Prakash: vocals; Robert Szydło: bass; Taufiq Qureshi: cajon; Dave Lewis: drums; Emam: tabla

5) Kripa Karo (Emam)
Mukesh Sharma: sarod; Asif Ali Khan: sarangi; Geetika Varde: lead vocals;
Yashoda: vocals; Robert Szydło: bass; Dave Lewis: drums; Emam: tabla

6/7) Step into Your Future - Part 1 and Part 2 (Emam)
Zoltan Lantos: violin; Kai Eckhardt: bass; Deepak Ram: bansuri; Artur Dutkiewicz: keyboards; Dave Lewis: drums; Emam: tabla, ghatam, dumbak, percussion

8) Carpe Diem (music: Emam, lyrics: Yashoda)
Kai Eckhardt: bass; Deepak Ram: bansuri; Indu Prakash: vocals; Moses Sedler: cello; Yashoda: vocals; Taufiq Qureshi: vocal recitation; Dave Lewis: drums; Emam: tabla, percussion

9) Om Namah Shivay Alap
10) Om Namah Shivay (Emam)
Mukesh Sharma: sarod; Asif Ali Khan: sarangi;Indu Prakash: lead vocals; Yashoda: vocals; Robert Szydło: bass; Dave Lewis: drums; Naushad Ahmed: tabla; Emam: dumbak

11/12) Come to Poland (Emam)
Part 1 & 2 - Bansuri Mix
Mukesh Sharma: sarod; Deepak Ram: bansuri; Asif Ali Khan: sarangi;
Indu Prakash: vocals; Robert Szydło: bass; Dave Lewis: drums; Emam: tabla

13) Lucky 13 (Emam)
Mukesh Sharma: sarod; Asif Ali Khan: sarangi; Chand Khan: sitar;
Robert Szydło: bass; Dave Lewis: drums; Emam: tabla

14) Whisper (Emam)
Mukesh Sharma: sarod; Kai Eckhardt: bass; Indu Prakash: vocals;
Moses Sedler: cello; Gari Hegedus: oud; Taufiq Qureshi: dumbak, vocal recitation; Dave Lewis: drums; Emam: tabla, percussion, vocal recitation, harmonium

STUDIOS:
Dave's drum tracks recorded by Benjamin Tierney at Bomb Shelter Studios (LA, CA). Geetika's vocal tracks recorded by Taufiq Qureshi (Mumbai, India). Sarod, Sarangi and Sitar recorded at S. Kalyani Studios by Gandhiji (Delhi, India).
All other tracks recorded by Emam (Poland, Hungry, USA)

Other Credits:
All compositions © Emam
Published by: Emam & Friends (BMI)
Cover Painting by Yashoda
Produced by Emam

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Emam & Friends is a World Fusion Music ensemble dedicated to performing exciting and uplifting original music composed by Emam & other members of the band. We bring your audience a unique and unforgettable musical experience. Our music brings together Jazz & Rock with Indian Classical music, Middle Eastern music and African music. ... more

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