Saturday, August 7, 2010

Gandharvas, Shamans, Poets, & Vagabonds

Bismillah. Om Ganesha Namaha. A new beginning every nano-second in the continuous process of creation, preservation, and destruction. May today bring more powerful vibrashuns of love, reason, and respect to I and I, humanity, all-beingness in Jah Creation.
I don't feel like using the 10-letter 'A' word any more - the one popularly used to define what's goin down at this moment on our Earth. The word, despite it's literal Greek definition, is too connected to the death culture and it's agenda of infinite ignorance. What is happening is many dimensions more vast than, but includes, unveiling.

So, in this brief post I will simply refer to a couple of essay links that better articulate, I think, where would be a good place to 'stand' (overstand) in relation to what's occurring collectively and within each of us. The first is A Gathering of the Tribe from Carolyn Baker's site, a reprint of a reprint, which relates a sacred story of a shaman's appeal to his tribe. It is a metaphor of what could be our situation. It speaks of our (recent) past necessity of constantly pointing out the progression of evil: "This talk, too, was necessary, for it validated our vision of the world that could be: a peaceful and exuberant humanity living in co-creative partnership with a wild garden earth." Then it speaks of the diminished value of such focus on only the latest ongoing crimes, and of a further stage in our remembrance of who we are, and where we can go from there. The second article, by the same Charles Eisenstein, 3 Seeds, illuminates three transmissions from our ancestors to us in their future, "three ways of preserving and transmitting the truth of the world, the Self, and how to be human".
So, for the moment, I will try to only note some very obvious symbolic phenomena as timely indicators, and leave the bulk of the 'news' to others, unless I change my mind, which could happen.

The Gulf Death Gyre is one such 'symbol' of what has been successfully hidden, which is the extent of genocide of the natural world in the BP cataclysmic catastrophe. In addition to this, wildlife experts are anticipating massive collapse of reproduction ability of those birds and animals that survived. The obvious question arises as to their hoped-for effectiveness in hiding the eventual human die-off.

The other item that caught my eye concerns the SEALs' military use of  'armored dogs' in Afghanistan. The dog-body-armor company's CEO, a sick psychopathic POS, probably thinks he's convinced the world that he 'cares' about something other than his own property. See how they pretend to be human?

OK. Enough of that. Let's look at some actual kings and queens to keep a perspective here about that thing of constant remembrance of what it means to be human. These videos I am submitting for enjoyment tend maybe toward the 'folk' side of master-level musicianship, both Eastern and 'Western'. I'm not having any good examples of Baluchistan music, but I think I'll start with their neighbors to the east in Sindh, Pakistan. The cultures are closely related and also to the Rajasthan area of India, original homelands of the 'gypsies'. Gypsies - yeah, talk about a demonized people. They are naturally having it real tough these days, but....onward. Pakistan and Iran: two areas of the world definitely in the cross-hairs of the Beast:

SINDH, Pakistan: Ghaus Bux Brohi, bansuri and Ustad Mitha Khan Zardari, gharo - Raga Bhairvi
Classic folk flute and clay pot percussion. Picked this for Bhairavi, my favorite rag.

The  Alghozo -"Double Flute"- is also a classic instrument from Baluchistan and Sindh. Here is an excellent, rockin example: Maestro Khamisu Khan

IRAN: Ostad Shajarian, vocal and Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh 
Persian classical music, top quality. Kalhor is phenomenal on the 4-string bowed kamancheh

PAKISTAN: Waheed Ali Khan and young Abida Parveen
For those who liked the previously posted Abida Parveen cut, this is an amazing duet with the 12-yr old(?) Abida. Angelically mind-blowing! Also a Sindhi song. 

INDIA: "Time Is Running Out" - Debdas Baul and Co.
An authentic Baul, mystic vagabond poet/musician, of Bengal.  Wonderful iconoclastic community, advanced yogis, lovers of Life. I accompanied Debdas' contemporary, Purnadas Baul in Calif. in 2004. These guys are all crazy!

IRAN: M. R. Lotfi, setar and M. Ghaviheim, tonbak
Classic old-school Persian improvisation. 

INDIA: "Teri Deewani"- Kailash Kher live in S.F.
India's sufi soul pop singer doing everybody's favorite song from his self-titled first album  

INDIA: Raga Jog Kauns - Pandit Premkumar Mallik & sons
I had the extraordinary privilege of accompanying Premkumar on tour in Germany in '99.
The most fun musician I've ever worked with, pure joy. 

On a very different track, I'm going to conclude this with one video of my favorite  poet, beloved brother, Poet Laureate of Turtle Island - John Trudell. One of many of his timely offerings, the true human being indigenous soul voice:
TURTLE ISLAND: "Crazy Horse" by John Trudell

OK, actually, I'm gonna throw this in the mix (bonus track!) - The Tribal voice from India, singing of their connection to the land and resolve to end the desecration.
INDIA: Tribal Video - "Gaon Chodab Nahi" (We will not leave our village)
Beautiful footage and lovely tune

DJ BHOLANATH signing off....>onelove<

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

years ago I was working on a boat around the waters of egypt and a few other places,my friend always brought different musics back from where ever we were for sitting on the deck of a night time,one time he brought back this tape it was home made with a weird picture on the front,when we put it on it was a shock even though it was just a man playing just a river reed the power of it was haunting another one of the shamans at a guess,I dont remember who it was,I only remember it was awe inspiring and just a man playing some river reed
I would love to find out who it was again,as this would go well in your collection.and what a fine collection it is bholanath,like an attunement to the highers,it seems I very much love the traditional indian music,
well really I love just about all love neil