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Susheela Raman By
Long before the wonders
of modern travel, cultures of the world remained blissfully unaware of each other.
Musical styles were allowed to develop without any intermingling. This scenario
may have robbed us of a Mozart Concerto for Sitar, Bouzouki, and Pennywhistle
- but we'll never know. Fast-forward to the 21st Century, and we have everything
from Icelandic rap to hip-hop-operas. Susheela Raman's Love Trap is a very
cool culture clash of "East-meets-West." She takes traditional Hindustani
tunes and gives them a very cool "Western" treatment. The tune "Amba,"
for example, has an electric bass and a drum kit grooving along with Tuvan bass
singing and a "horsehead fiddle." Only two of the tunes (the sultry
title track, and Joan Armatrading's "Save Me") are in English. That
and Raman's sweet and enchanting vocal delivery give this album a great vibe.
Add to that a barizouki, kora, Hawaiian guitar, jaw harp, a Greek clarinetist,
and various world percussion instruments, and you have a very hip melting pot
of mellow, groovin' exotica.