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Nepali Folkpop Mixtape; Digital Mountain Riddims from the Himalaya Kingdom

Nepali Folkpop Mixtape; Digital Mountain Riddims from the Himalaya Kingdom

This mix was made in 2011 as part of a small Sublime Frequencies tour in UK. Nepali folkpop styles can be divided into 'Lok geet' (single sung songs) or 'Lok Dhori Geet' (male-female duets). These songs easily last up to 10 or 20 minutes each and always have a recurring theme/story, expressed with twirling vocals. In this mix the central themes are engagements, marriages, love (blues), busdrivers, pro-Maoist worker rights, death, feudal injustice and even child abuse, enough for a daily reality dose of Nepali happiness and trouble. Key to the Nepali sound is the small dhol drum which is never left out of the sound and its repetitive rhythm somehow feels like the 'riddim' from Caribbean roots spheres as you would hear in ragga/dancehall. Aided by horns that sound like speedy bagpipes, violins, flutes, synthesizers, effects etc, the depth of Nepalese folkpop music should not be underestimated but embraced. Enjoy!
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Brilliant to study by. thank you, superb job!


Great stuff. Thanks

DJ Grand Groove

Enjoying the music from the Mountain Kingdom of Nepal all the way from Tampa, Florida - USA.

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mercikes Antoine, see you very soon (will pm you)


merci ... fantastique voyage une fois de plus! Rebel Up! rules ...

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thanks Andrew, indeed it´s one peculiar melting pot and the sound is truly landlocked between India and China, especially since nearly all of the numerous mountain tribes have Tibetan ancestry

Andrew Stys

fascinating melting pot of influences in this music... I could hear Chinese layers. You say, Tibetan music's here as well... interesting!