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    Kerkar, Kesarbai – “Kesarbai Kerkar” – [Mississippi Records]


    Actually an off shoot of the mighty Mississippi Records, Canary
    as collected and curated by Ian Nagoski. The 8-page booklet
    with an essay by Ian depicts Ms. Kerkar (1892-1977) as fierce and
    forthright as any punk femme force. This paragraph pales to
    what he put together, so seek that out. Song slices here date
    from 1950 or so, pretty consistent in their arrangement with
    Kerkar’s voice scaling and swirling in the forefront of the
    mix, like mist up a mountain peak. The mountain itself is
    sarangi and tabla and occasionally harmonium, that music
    is sturdy, but truly just the scenery for Kerkar’s expression.
    I must say, something about the deepchandi rhythm of
    “Jaat kahan ho” kind of connected with me, or maybe it
    was the more featured harmonium.?? The music’s interesting
    but the accompanying booklet and her story is the magnificent
    gem here.

    -Thurston Hunger
    PS??KFJC has??some interesting releases under Nagoski himself worth checking out too. More power to him as curator *and* creator!

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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