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The latest project from Digital Reprints. 


Please share if you can. These historic recordings need to be preserved :)

Back to the roots (again)

"There are so many artists out there that I would love to see their music printed on cds. But it makes it so hard for me to put them on a priority list because for me all of them are on the same spot, first place. So, to make it easier, I decided to change my way of thinking slightly. It is time to surprise people, go back to the roots, to the artists that started this music genre, the legends."

That was part of the description for Greg Hunter's Kickstarter project. And after a short intermission (read amazing Goa Trance by Elysium) I am back to the same principle. And taking a step or two further back (in time).

I have said it before and I will say it again, the artists involved in my projects make it redundant to write any introduction for them. I just do it to make the landing page look cooler :). So let me present you my next project

Suns of Arqa

"Suns of Arqa creator and mentor Michael Wadada has been continuously investigating the supernatural potential hidden in the Classical Raga structure of the music of India. His mission – to mix the cerebral and illusive cosmological vibrations of Raga, with the mother earth rhythms of Niyabinghi drumming that were surfacing in England in the guise of Dub Reggae.  An epic sonic mission which began in 1979, over 200 artists from around the globe have collaborated with Suns of Arqa, interpreting the various indigenous, tribal and classical folk traditions, and creating some of the most sublime Dub - World - Dance - Raga - Reggae Music in the world today."


Throughout the decades Micheal has provided with a truly extensive discography which will be pointless to detail here. Just visit Discogs or his site to get an idea. When we were discussing with Michael which tracks/albums we should include in the box set I spent a lot of time trying to identify any unreleased or obscure tracks to make this set as good as possible. But then I got the subtitle of the release...

...over 5 hours of previously unreleased recordings

And that my friends truly does not need any introduction. My search was over :) Michael went through his vast collection of old tapes and recordings, compiled and mixed 4 CDs spanning over 10 decades on a chronological order

Have a look at the tracklist and go over to my Bandcamp page for preview.

 Disc 1 - एक (1979 - 1987)
    01 Acid Tabla (Studio Outtake, 1979) 
    02 Electric UniverseCity (WOMAD Festival, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, 17/07/82) 
    03 Throw Away Your Guns feat Prince Far-I (Band on the Wall, Manchester, 7/12/82)
    04 Voice of Thunder (Band on the Wall, Manchester, 6/12/82) 
    05 Steppin to the Music (Band on the Wall, Manchester, 6/12/82) 
    06 Asirus (De Melkweg, Amsterdam, 5/4/84) 
    07 Give Love (De Melkweg, Amsterdam, 5/4/84) 
    08 Acid Tabla (De Melkweg, Amsterdam, 5/4/84) 
    09 Ghost Dub (Studio Demo, 1985) 
    10 Erasmus (Greenwich Borough Hall, London, 6/6/86) 
    11 Kali the Destroyer (Greenwich Borough Hall, London, 6/6/86) 
    12 Love That Little Girl of Mine (Greenwich Borough Hall, London, 6/6/86) 
    13 The Truth Lies Therein (Greenwich Borough Hall, London, 6/6/86) 
    14 Kali The Destroyer (Drum Solo, Elephant Studio, London, 1987) 
    15 Tabla Solo (Outtake, Elephant Studio, London, 1987) 
    16 The Truth Lies Therein feat John Cooper Clarke (Albany Empire, London, 19/4/87) 
    17 Many are the Paths, Many Are The People (Studio Demo, 1987) 
    18 Professor Stanley Unwin and Wadada in 1987 
    19 The Undrawn Sword (Studio Demo, 1987)

Disc 2 - द्वि (1989 - 1996) 
    01 Bairagi Alap (Studio Outtake, 1992) 
    02 Gavati Vilambit (WOMAD Festival, Morecambe, Lancashire, 17/7/89) 
    03 Jaggernaut (International, Manchester, 1988) 
    04 Bhupali Alap (Asian Arts, Nottingham, 8/92) 
    05 Let The Spirit Move You (Mega Dog Rocket Club, London, 26/3/93) 
    06 Les Anciens Mystiques (Atak Enschede, Netherlands, 17/4/94) 
    07 Snelson's Last Stand (Nia Centre, Manchester, 13/9/93)
    08 Let Me Show You How (Subterranean, Ladbrook Grove, London, 15/9/94) 
    09 Cradle (TransMusicales, Rennes, France, 8/12/94) 
    10 Lost Souls of Salem (Nijdrop, Opwijk, Belgium, 17/11/95) 
    11 Beyond the Beyond (TransMusicales, Rennes, France, 30/11/95) 
    12 Kabalitician Last Chance (TransMusicales, Rennes, France, 30/11/95) 
    13 If You Go There/Hiawatha (Berlin, Germany, 1996)

Disc 3 - त्रि (1996 - 1999)
    01 Never Know Tomorrow (Geneva, Switzerland, 1/3/96) 
    02 Jagnath Bhairavi (Etno-Heartbeat Festival, Hasselt, Belgium, 16/5/96) 
    03 Tabla Rassa (Zero Studios, Manchester, 1997) 
    04 The Mysore Mystic (Kantkine Club, Cologne, 8/12/97) 
    05 Puria Dhaneshri (Kerosin, Augsburg, Germany, 11/12/97) 
    06 No Danger Here (Kerosin, Augsburg, Germany, 11/12/97) 
    07 Zhen Shan (Marseille, France 18/12/97) 
    08 Sir Richard Glyn (Gaunts House, Winborne, Dorset, 14/8/99) 
    09 Verhadi feat Milka Kraleva (Gaunts House, Winborne, Dorset, 14/8/99) 
    10 Czakra Serca (Warsaw, Poland, 11/11/99) 
    11 Maj Hi Ra (Warsaw, Poland, 11/11/99) 
    12 La Pucelle d'Orleans (Warsaw, Poland, 11/11/99)

Disc 4 - चतुर् (2003 - 2020)
    01 Ishopanishad Veda (Gaunts House, Winborne, Dorset, 7/8/08) 
    02 Szansa Na Pokój To Sztuka Twych Słów (VK Club, Brussels 22/11/03) 
    03 Shree Geeta Bhawan (Hindu Temple, Birmingham, 4/11/04) 
    04 Bhupali (VK Club, Brussels 22/11/03) 
    05 Hear the Call (Belladrum Festival, Beauly, Scotland, 12/8/05) 
    06 Quetzalcoatl (St Leonard's, Skegness, Lincolnshire, 7/4/06) 
    07 Nekkhamma (Studio Outtake, 2006)
    08 Pablo's Lament (Telerama Dub Festival, Paris, 16/5/06)
    09 Pablo's Lament (Flamjangled Tea Party, Cape Town, South Africa, 19/3/11)
    10 Journey Into The Black Spherical Cube (Rehearsal at Paris Studio, 6/07) 
    11 Tiamat Versus Marduk (Glastonbury Festival, 29/6/08) 
    12 Prayer For Messiah (Beatherder Festival, Lancashire, 6/7/13) 
    13 Govinda's Watchtower (New Horizons, St Anne's, Lancashire, 26/10/15) 
    14 MaKali Vortex (Ozora Festival, Hungary, 3/8/18) 
    15 Requiem Dunkeld (From the new album 'The Wolf of Badenoch', Due 2020)

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