Friday, May 8, 2009

"Voice over the Bridge" - a taste of Burmese music

"Voice over the Bridge" - a taste of Burmese music
Syed Ali Mujtaba

Chennai - EarthSync, a Chennai-based world music label, has just released its latest production, “Voice over the Bridge”, an album that interweaves Burma's classical music and contemporary western music.

The album also brings to the fore singers Khin Zin Shwe and Shwe Shwe Khaing, who worked with Earthsync’s Laya Project. Their voices bring to life the praises for kings from 13th century Burma.

The 55 kings in Burmese history were praised through music composed and performed by court musicians. These ancient songs and music traditions are documented in the Maha Gita, which can be traced back to the ancient city of Mandalay, the fountainhead of Burmese artistic and theosophical culture.

The EarthSync team has recorded and brought these songs out of the boundaries of Burma to a worldwide audience into the album "Voice over the Bridge."

Songs featured on the album include Rain Song, Ataing Mathy Blue, Nitoon Yanka, Mandalabon, Glorius Sun, SanWay and Thida.

The songs are traditional Burmese, music for the album has been composed by Patrick Sebag, and the mixing and mastering has been done by Yotam Agam at the Clementine Studios, Chennai.

“Khin Zin Shwe and Shwe Shwe Khaing have been performing together for many years. They also perform at monasteries and at weddings where traditional songs from the Maha Gita are sung. Through their performances of the Maha Gita, Shwe Shwe Khaing and Khin Zin Shwe they have committed themselves to nurturing their ancient Burmese classical music traditions,” says Shirley Abraham, of Earth Sync talking exclusively to Mizzima.

"The album "Voice over the Bridge" strikes a deep emotional chord in all listeners regardless of cultural backgrounds. We have no doubt that the album will be received very well. It’s available in CDs for Rs. 400 at all leading music outlets in India,” she adds.

EarthSync is a world music record label based in Chennai. A label that is committed to nurturing folk, tribal and native music, their passion of cultures, music and sound often takes them to little-known lands and their music.
Syed Ali Mujtaba is a working journalist based in Chennai. He can be contacted at - This report appeared at:

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