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Rakkatak - Char Taal and a Raga Rainbow
Released April 25, 2021When Anita invited Pratik, Ori and Zaynab to participate in Rakkatak’s latest album, it was amazing to see what happens when four culturally diverse friends get together to share food and talk about music in Toronto. Over the course of these musical gatherings, the foursome chose a palette of ragas based on an inclination towards pentatonic scales and interesting rhythmic cycles. Later, they took this new material for test runs in a few cool Toronto venues and after they knew they had something special, they decided to record. The last touches to the album include layering lovely rich ambient textures over the instruments and vocals.Char Taal and a Raga Rainbow loosely means “four claps and a rainbow of melodic modes”. The album’s name was inspired by the tabla solo piece “The Passenger with Char Taal”, which conceptually depicts a woman traveling through space bringing only 4 claps. The colourful selection of melodies includes the ragas Kaushik Dhwani, Charukeshi, Hansadhwani and Sarang and also unique covers of the songs “Gracias a la Vida” by the legendary Chilean folklorist Violeta Parra and “Uninvited” by the iconic Canadian songstress Alanis Morissette.
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