Press Esc to close
Sunday 25 June 2017
News updated at 2:57 AM IST

A slice of the world

Rohini Kejriwal, Dec 6, 2012 0:02 IST
ENIGMATIC George Brooks performing at CounterCulture.

It isn’t uncommon to see a lot of Bangaloreans dancing to some African tribal beats or enjoying some traditional Irish music.

World music has broken barriers and found its place in the many music venues of the City.

Metrolife speaks to people behind the programming of some such venues to understand whether this is just a passing trend or one that is here to stay.

“Our constant intention is to see how this City can move over its karaoke and trance craze, which is why we attempt to bring in interesting progressive acts to the City from time to time,” shares Vishwaraj Mohan, owner of CounterCulture, Whitefield.

In fact, in the recent past, the place has seen performances by English rapper-poet, Akala, an electronic dance music project from Portugal called Buraka Som Sistema and American saxophonist and composer, George Brooks, among various others.

“We are constantly in touch with artiste-management companies and cultural institutions to know about musicians they’re bringing down. For instance, we were lucky enough to have the Oz Fest line-up for the Aussie BBQ because they were in India to headline NH7 Weekender,” he adds.

Another popular venue for world music is Opus, which sees a large variety of musical acts from around the world.

“Our programming is mixed and we can have fusion acts, authentic jazz or maybe even Arabic! It’s not a conscious decision to choose one genre over the other. We go with whatever works because there are takers for different kinds of music, depending on how popular and good the act is,” says Carlton Braganza, the owner.

When asked about the system in place to get these bands down, he informs, “It works both ways — sometimes we approach the band and at others, we get mails from them asking if there’s an open slot for them to perform.”

BFlat, located in Indiranagar, has always been known for its live world music acts. From Karuna Kshetra playing Indo-German jazz fusion to ‘Booka Shade’, the Berlin-based electronic duo; from Nepal to ‘Bangalore Express’s’ world fusion to contemporary jazz performance, ‘Gamma Rays Fer Bell’, the list is endless.

“We have a more mature audience profile here, which is why we can afford to programme events like this that are culturally richer. All our programming is planned in advance. We try to keep a balance of gigs because we also have regulars here and can’t have too much entertainment of the same genre,” explains Arati Rao, the owner.

Lastly, Hard Rock Caf also plays host to a lot of international acts, who want to showcase their local flavour in this country. The recent shows have seen Irish band ‘Hibernian Jungle’ and Portuguese/ Italian singer-songwriter Oliver Sean among
others.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa speak...

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa speak...

Shiv Sena workers protest against and torch the photos of separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq...

Shiv Sena workers protest against and torch the photos of separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq...

Police escort escaped prisoner Sayed Mohammed Said from India folowing his capture and return...

Police escort escaped prisoner Sayed Mohammed Said from India folowing his capture and return...

People revel in, and birds flock fly about the high tide at the Marine drive, in Mumbai on...

People revel in, and birds flock fly about the high tide at the Marine drive, in Mumbai on...

Hindu devotees give money to a decorated elephant outside the Jagannath temple on the eve of the...

Hindu devotees give money to a decorated elephant outside the Jagannath temple on the eve of the...

Demonstrators walk behind a police officer during an anti-fascist march, in central, London...

Demonstrators walk behind a police officer during an anti-fascist march, in central, London...

A burning stunt man can be seen during a press viewing of the Stoertebeker Festival on the...

A burning stunt man can be seen during a press viewing of the Stoertebeker Festival on the...

A Dassault Rafale fighter takes part to a flying display during the 52nd Paris Air Show at...

A Dassault Rafale fighter takes part to a flying display during the 52nd Paris Air Show at...

Jools Holland performs on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury...

Jools Holland performs on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury...

People move around themselves fire's torch during the San Juan night in the small Pyrenees...

People move around themselves fire's torch during the San Juan night in the small Pyrenees...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.