Gaps

Posted in Awareness, Drums&Percussion, Environment, Film, Life, Music, Politics, Travels with tags , , , on 02/02/2015 by terraMasala

Well, seems my blog-entries are now more of an annual thing then a weekly or monthly. ;) Anyway, from march 2014 ’till last december I had an awesome job working with (street) kids as some kind of social worker in a borough just outside of antwerp. Our current city-governance and to be more precise the right-wing mayor of this town, ruled that the kind of job, the sort that I was doing, should seize to be! According to him and his rightwing idiot friends this kind of work(ers) should be made obsolete and in change they want more police-patrols. In other words…more repression – less prevention! Add some para-military presence in our town center (since the Charlie Hebdo affair) and fear and angst sells like sweet cake (or rather; waffle) again to the narrow minded belgian fools.

Nevertheless, I’ve been keeping myself busy with various other pleasantries. Working on some of me tunes…organising 45 hours of film footage shot in India into a nice neat “library” for future video-making. And decided (and already commenced) to write a book. It’s once again due to (non-belgian) friends who thought it’d be a splendid idea that I’d write down some of my “travel-memoirs”. But I reckon that after living nearly twenty years out of a backpack…one should have a bold tale or two to tell. ;)
In the meanwhile…enjoy the occasional tune that I’ll drop on here. luv & peace. (-°-)

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/118357976″>terraMasala – Letting go</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/terramasala”>terraMasala</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

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Congratz Masala Records (-°-)

Posted in Music, Travels with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 16/05/2014 by terraMasala

Just got the news that a mate of mine started his own label. Check out the vid below and the link to the site.

http://masalarecords.wix.com/masalarecords

 

 

 

Warm tune for a rainy day…

Posted in Awareness, Drums&Percussion, Environment, Film, Music, Politics, Travels with tags , , on 10/05/2014 by terraMasala

Always a pleasure to bump into “new” music & tunes. Music…a journey that never ends and never ceases to amaze! (-°-)

No drummer required ;)

Posted in Drums&Percussion, Music with tags , , , , , , , on 01/05/2014 by terraMasala

 

Jojo

Posted in Drums&Percussion, Music with tags , , , , on 30/04/2014 by terraMasala

One of the most amazing drummers I’ve ever heard…

 

Some weekend in Bombay…

Posted in Life, Music, Travels with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 25/04/2014 by terraMasala

For some reason I’ve had the chance or luck (or karma) to meet several of my musical influences. Mainly those who had a profound role in the -Asian Underground/Massive- music movement. Short meetings nevertheless, but they were all very spontaneous and a nice memory.

It was end nineties when a mate (through another mate) gave me a copy (on TAPE) of Karsh Kale’s “Classical Science Fiction from India”. It was this piece of music and Talvin Singh’s Grammy winning  “O.K.” that started to influence me heavily and changed the way I wanted to play music. Along with the almighty Zakir Hussain they became my major inspiration to fondle and fiddle away on that magical instrument called “Tabla”. Of course since 95% of my “tutoring” is DIY, I ain’t too fab on it. Nevertheless, it was never my intention to play  Indian Classical music but rather to use it (tabla) in semi-electronic sets and more as a “groove-instrument” rather than becoming a virtuoso on it.

First weekend of April 2009…for me, the last weekend of a 9-month stay in India & Nepal before I took off back to Europistan. My flight was leaving from Mumbai and had one last weekend to kill. Which is easy for me since Bombay (Mumbai) is so far my most favourite city in India and elsewhere. (There’s tons of shtuff to do, to see, to explore, to eat, to find, to discover, to listen, etc. And there’s this amazing venue in Lower Parel called “The Blue Frog” where they have artists on stage from around the globe! Check this place out when in Bombay!) While reading through “Time Out – Mumbai” under the cool breeze, created by the ceiling fan, my eye wandered off to an ad for the New CD release of the Midival-Punditz starring (their frequent collaborator) Karsh Kale and all this was happening at the blue frog…two nights in a row that very same weekend. My “last” weekend in India was going to be a musical one!

At the Blue Frog later that night… Although, through the help of my (then) girlfriend, I was able to hang out with Karsh and the Punditz for a few memorable moments, the real treat and surprise, however short-lived it was, came afterwards. While standing outside (the blue frog) for a cigarette (yep, I know, filthy habit) some guy asked me for a light. Since we were the only two standing there, we had a brief conversation. Can’t remember exactly what the guy’s role was but I think he might have been from Karsh’s or the Punditz’s management. All of a sudden there was this gorgeous lady walking up to us and introduced herself to me and greeted the dude I was standing with. Clearly they knew each other well. I got her name right though, Anoushka… We had a brief conversation about where I was from and about music. And then it hit me, I was standing there talking with the amazing Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Sitar-Maestro; Ravi Shankar. (-°-)

Enjoy the beautiful playing of Anoushka Shankar in this amazing performance!

 

Bombay2Goa

Posted in Comedy, Film, Music, Travels with tags , , , , on 21/04/2014 by terraMasala

Perhaps it’s because I’ve done this trip meself for dozens of times that I like this movie so much. But nevertheless it still remains one of my favourite Bollywood flicks! (Starring a very young Amitab Bachan) Enjoy!

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