I had the privilege of interviewing Iranian roots band AJAM at cargo on the 8th December 2012. There wasn’t an opportunity to feature this before christmas, with early January really busy..So here it is ;)
They talk about their latest album Raghse Mardooneh, the formation behind the group and their individual backgrounds, their performance at Cargo featuring special guests multi-instrumentalist Kaveh Sarvarian and guest singer Erfan Shaho.
They also explain their own post-modern take on the Iranian heritage bringing out a modern perspective that’s relevant/ timeless to Iranians of all ages and backgrounds. From the elders to young people alike.
The track featured on the show Bandare Landan is based on the theme of living in London and the influence that it has being Iranian in multicultural environment. The track has a percussive 4/4 rhythm throughout with call and response and conversation based lyrics engaging the listener so it feels the group are directly reaching out to you, it’s great!
Listen to the 2 part interview on the show and the track itself showcasing Ajam, respect! Click on the image for the show:
The Mistry Mix with AJAM
Asian percussionist RENU features this week on The Mistry Mix, talks to me about her latest album Midnight Radio, the audio-visual launch night at London’s Richmix with her band The Revellers, her spanish influences and more.
The album has a strong spanish and latin influence throughout, each track adding to a much bigger concept. The lyrics are witty, sarcastic and dark highlighting the facade of human nature in Pretty People to a more positive reminiscence with Mustang. Through The Fire encompasses a dark & melancholy ambience, a tremolo guitar in a empty space enhanced subtly with strings. Layered over distant cymbals/ percussion and eerie vocals of a suffering and determined seeker.
Mi Morena Amor has a 6/8 rhythm oozing hispanic influences (Latin, Spanish, Portuguese) featuring the voice of God, a narrative omnipresent perspective within the track, uptempo vocals with a jaunty feel over a scattered rhythm encompassing several percussive instruments. The use of strings throughout the album, which Renu states she loves recording forms a prominent part of the sound, giving an attitude to the various musical passages, the overall sonic concept.
The Mistry Mix with RENU :: Click on image for radio show
This weeks tracklist includes hip-hop MC KRS-One, J.Viewz on the remix of Depeche Mode, Suburban Base’s Marvellous Cain ft Cutty Ranks, MJ Cole- Sincere Wookie remix, Specimen A & James D’Ley, Renu + more!