Weaving My Ancestors' Voices

Weaving My Ancestors' Voices


1. SPEAKING IN TONGUES I 1.45
2. DHYANA AND DONALOGUE 4.40
3. (A) NANA 2.45
(B) THE DREAMING 5.37
4. EVER SO LONELY / EYES / OCEAN 3.26
5.   THE ENCHANTMENT 4.49
6.   THE CALL 1.38
7.   BHANJAN 7.06
8.   SPEAKING IN TONGUES II 3.08
9.   SACRED STONES 4.32
10.   OM NAMAHA SHIVA 2.55

 

 
 


' On this album I've drawn upon a lot of musical traditions – it makes me feel strong to absorb these influences and yet remain an individual. I chose to record a simple voice and drone album because I wanted to say that 'fusion' doesn't just happen when you put different instruments from different cultures together – or even if you layer different vocal styles – it can happen in one voice, one mind.

'I was born and brought up in England by my Indian family, and growing up I felt a great gap – an absence of roots and a context in which to place myself. In England I was surrounded by cultural stereotypes and images of the 'English rose' and knew I was never going to be like that. I was always an obsessive singer and when my adult voice developed, it was in a low register. In most Western traditions it is felt a woman's voice needs to be high but, to my great relief, I discovered that in the Asian tradition it is quite acceptable for a woman to have either a high or low range.My vocal technique developed from there with an instinctive interest in ornamentation. I then found something which was 'home' – and for me music is home. That is where I express my intention most accurately.

'For me, this album is also a statement about going beyond Asian fusion. I do not want to be an Indian living museum piece here in England. Although I'm passionate about Asian music and culture, and though I involve the knowledge I have of Asian structure in my work, this album is more of a statement about me as a 'world citizen'. I believe that my heritage comes not specifically from my own culture. I believe I am a spiritual heir to a universal form of inspiration.'

Sheila Chandra 1992