Introducing Baby Akhtar

A 5 track world fusion ep (26m 20s) — released April 30th 2017 on Funkiwala

In 2015, London fusionistas Lokkhi Terra put on a show at Womad and Songlines Encounters festival, where they collaborated withe folk legends from Bangladesh - The Shikor Bangladesh All Stars". The music was based on countless rooftop jams helb back in Dhaka, where Lokkhi Terra had been touring regularly from 2009.

The second in the series of collaborations, this EP takes the iistener back to the beginning, capturing the first musical meetings between both bands. The period when long term Lokkhi Terra collaborator and Dhol Maestro Nazrul Islam (based in Dhaka), introduced his musical inner circle to the visiting Lokkhi Terra musicians. Friendships were forged, and musical conversations were explored. One singer stood out in particular - Dewan Baby Akthar.

Featuring songs by the great Bangladeshi mystics Baul Lalon Shai and Baul Abdul Karim.

"from London's global melting pot Lokkhi Terra joined Bangladeshi musicinas of Shikor for an unlikely but successful fusion that matched Asian influences with Cuban Jazz" The Guardian

Musicians from Shikor

Baby Akhtar - Lead Vocals / Nazrul Islam - Dhol, Mondira / Jalal Ahmed - Bansuri Flute (A1-3, B1) / Shahidul Islam - Bansuri Flute (B2) / Ekram Hussain - Esraj (B2) / Labik Kamal Gaurob - Khomok (A2), Ghungur, Dotara (B2)

Musicians from Lokkhi Terra

Kishon Khan - Piano/Rhodes/Hammond/Clavinet / Patirick Zambonin - Bass (A1-3) / Phil Dawson - Guitar, Bass (B1) / Justin Thurgur - Trombone (A1, A3, B1-2) / Graeme Flowers - Trumpet (A3. B2), / James Allsopp - Bass Clarinet (A1, B2) / Tansay Omar - Drums (A3, B1) / Oreste Noda, Geraldo De Armas - Bata (A1) / Aneire Khan, Sohini Alam, Aanon Siddiqua - BVs (A1) / Alison Blunt - Violin (A1) / Francesca Ter-Berg - Cello (A1) / Javier Camilo - Tambourine (A3)

Traditional Songs by Hason Raja (A1, A3) / Shai Abdul Karim (A2) / Lalon Shai + Nazrul Islam (B1-2)

All music written and arranged by Kishon Khan except

Horn Arrangements wriiten by Justin Thurgur

String arrangements by J. Thurgur + K. Khan (A1)

Recorded in Dhaka at Studio 2 Nanu's and Studio 2 Shahed and Emma's by Tansay Omar

Recorded in London at TYPS by K. Khan / at NRR studio (drums B1) by T. Omar/ at Press Play(drums A3) by Andy Ramsey / at Fishmarket studios (piano A1, B2) by Antonio

Mixed at Hi Street Studios by Mauro Caccialanza

Mastered at Gearbox Records by Caspar Sutton-Jones

Vinyl printed at Optimal

Produced by Kishon Khan + Tansay Omar

from London's global melting pot Lokkhi Terra joined Bangladeshi musicinas of Shikor for an unlikely but successful fusion that matched Asian influences with Cuban Jazz - Robin Denslow The Guardian

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