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Traveller by Anoushka Shankar
Released: Mar 2012
Flamenco music has its roots in India, where the Roma people who created it can trace their ancestors. That's the intriguing thesis statement around which consummate Traveller Anoushka Shankar and a host of master guests shape a musical-geographical dialogue. And with a few slightly clunky yet still lovely exceptions (like "Boy Meets Girl," a lively chat in two different languages), the results are elegant and surprisingly organic -- particularly among the carefully folded rhythms of "Ishq," the thrilling title track and "Casi Uno," a gorgeous duet that puts Concha Buika at the forefront.
Rachel Devitt

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