Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   4/26/2013   12-inch, International

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!

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