Prem Joshua

Hamsafar

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The name of Prem Joshua's album HAMSAFAR comes from Urdu, an antediluvian language used on the Indian subcontinent. Hamsafar translates in English to mean fellow traveler. This is a fitting title since Joshua's music reads like an exotic travelogue.

HAMSAFAR documents the meeting of 14 musicians from eight different countries. Though this is a cultural experiment, it yields cohesive results. Lead by Joshua, this musical expedition overflows with rich sounds from India, Japan, Europe, and more. The only exception to this is track eight, "That Silent Place." This piece is strictly Indian and features a lone Joshua playing sitar. Every other piece freely combines musical styles together. "Bazaar Rumours," "Saki" and "Return of the Mystics" are probably the best examples of this musical stew. On these pieces, Joshua uses a cornucopia of instruments from the soprano saxophone to the tabla. The various ethnic groups represented by the musicians invoke a universal message that music is a common language for all humanity.

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