Writing has a way of opening doors into new worlds. Most of the time it is through your own free-flowing imagination. Other times, it leads you to places and artists that you might otherwise not know existed.
On Thursday evening, I sat at the Concert Hall at QPAC not sure what to expect as the lights dimmed and darkness filled the room. Gradually box by box, one musician and then another filled the space with an audio-visual spectacular, unlike anything I have ever seen or heard before.
The show was first created twelve years ago to open the Delhi Film Festival. It captured the audience so successfully that it has toured the world ever since. The show, made up of 40 Manganiyar Musicians is performed in what has been described as a 36 windowed jewel box, although interestingly, inspired by the Amsterdam's red light district. It is called The Manganiyar Seduction but the music did not feel sultry or seductive in a sensual way. It was, however, fascinating and slow building and for me, once the drums kicked in, they had my complete attention.
These folk musicians from the desert of Rajasthan in India, are made up of three generations of talent. Proof of that talent was displayed at the end of their performance when the audience showed their gratitude with a long standing ovation. This is world music transcending linguistic barriers through joyous sounds and rhythm. It's raw and different and well worth the ticket. Melbourne and Adelaide they are headed your way, make sure you don't miss out.