Guwahati News Desk: Assamese Pianist and Composer Ron Cha’s album Maati was released on Friday across all music streaming platforms.
The album features iconic Assamese singer Kalpana Patowary, Folk singer Biren Deuri, African guitarist Lionel Loueke, Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth, popular bassists Mohini Dey and Alexander Toth, Saxophone maestro Jacques Schwarz-Bart from Guadeloupe and Mylai Karthikeyan on Nadhaswaram from Tamil Nadu.
Speaking at the launch Ron Cha said, “Maati is a journey through the folk music of Assam, India. For centuries, Assamese folk has been creating the most angelic melodies capturing the essence of their day to day lives. When I had the opportunity to delve into my own culture over the pandemic, I had the calling to document these beautiful melodies and make it my own with my Jazz, Soul and Gospel influences. ‘Maati’ translates to ‘homeland’ and this is my humble tribute to my roots”.
Ron Cha – Piano, Rhodes, Composer, Arranger, Producer
Kalpana Patowary – Vocals
Biren Deuri – Vocals
Lionel Loueke – Guitar
Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Saxophone
Mylai Karthikeyan – Nadhaswaram
Alexander Toth – Bass
Mohini Dey – Bass
Ferenc Nemeth – Drums
Dave Darlington – Mixing and Mastering
Jit Chaliha – Co-Producer
Christian DiGirolamo – PR