With the release of Indian Ocean’s new album, we look at other folk musicians creating waves across the globe
Ghar ho Sake- Indian Ocean feat. Shubha Mudgal
Iconic Delhi-based band Indian Ocean has been making waves since 1990. The masters of fusion music are back with a new album, ‘Tandanu’, which carries their signature blend of Indian musical sensibilities with rock and folk. Tandanu’is a collaborative album with seven artists from different genres, including Shubha Mudgal, Karsh Kale and Shankar Mahadevan.
Niyaz, a trio of three Iranians, draws primarily from its Persian roots. Its music blends Sufi mysticism with Indian Urdu poetry, Turkish and Indian folk sounds, and modern electronica and rock.
Best song: Beni Beni
Al Andaluz Project
Two bands, one from Germany and another from Valencia, came together to create Al Andaluz Project. Their music is a fusion of Spanish rhythms, medieval melody, mediterranean folk and oriental music.
Aussie Louise John-Krol has no Australian influences in her music. Instead, she relies on Celtic folk, ambient music, pop
and mythology to create her unique sound of ethereal magic.
Best song: Blackbird
Inna Zhelannaya gives Russian folk a rock makeover with a pinch of electronica, jazz, psychedelic and trance. She also
uses Armenian chants and Georgian peasant songs.
Best song: Ivan