Sharaabi (Pashto Film Song; Pakistan) With rumbling dhol and electric keyboard runs worthy of an over-zealous agit-prop department, this rollicking disco number comes from the mean streets of Peshawar where a raunchy form of low-brow cinema struggles for survival in a time and place spoiled by the bloodless Taliban. The song’s title Sharaabi literally means ‘boozer’ but also has the connotation of a happy soul. Someone who loves to drink, but also to dance, laugh and love too.
Voice From The Inner Soul (Garage rock; Confusions; India) A true rarity, this cut comes from one of more obscure chapters of Indian music, garage rock. In the early 1970s, the makers of Simla Filter cigarettes sponsored a national Battle of the Bands which brought all local latent Jimi Hendrixes out from their bedrooms and the railway clubs of towns across India to compete for a chance to be recorded and hailed as India’s best rock n’ roll band. Confusions hailed from Madras (Chennai) and won the 1970 contest with this ever so heavy rocker, Voice From the Inner Soul.
Natta (Carnatic jazz; T.K. Ramamoorthy; India) Definitely one of the strangest yet most delightful and rewarding fusion recordings to come out of India. Ramamoorthy of which little is known was a Tamilian music lover who in 1969 issued a record titled Fabulous Notes & Beats of the Indian Carnatic-Jazz. This has since become a sensation among cultists and collectors. This is one of the many lovely innovative but seldom heard tracks from that ground-breaking record. This is the roots of Kadri Gopalnath!