Posted on January 31, 2015 at 8:04 pm

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Shah Rule and Swaati bring Gujrati folk to Hip-hop

Talented Singer-Songwriter Swaati pairs up with Shah-Rule for a new fusion of Gujrati folk music and hip-hop! The duo have created a powerful track titled “Mirage,” a song that represents hope, strength, frustration and vulnerability all in one. Shah Rule has fused Swaati’s euphoric vocals with a backdrop of hip-pop inspired sounds, rising and falling with the emotive expression in Swaati’s rendition of the well-known Gujarati folk song “Hansla Halo Ne.”

Swaati is a singer song-writing talent whose ephemeral melodies and strong performance reveals a strong sense of vulnerability and authenticity and has attracted writing, performance and production collaborations from some of the scenes finest and emerging talent.

Swaati found herself drawn to the deep emotive lyrics, challenging key changes; dissonant chord patterns and irregular rhythms heard in ‘Hansla Halo Ne’, It is a folk song she has grown up listening to, being sung by elders at community gatherings, weddings and funerals. With all folk songs, their survival through time depends on word of mouth and recitals passing them down generation to generation.

In today’s day and age, this has proven difficult due to the modernisation and changing attitudes of people. However Swaati has found a formula that allows old Gujarati folk songs to be relevant to people of all ages including the youth of today by bringing her own unique perspective to northern Indian classical folk songs and fusing them with current genres of music including electronic & hip-pop.

Swaati studied intensively in the Indian classical folk genre with world-renowned teacher Tulika Ghosh. Swaati graduated with a BA Honours in Music, following this she was invited to perform at the ‘Raagasthan’ Music Festival held in the open deserts of India as well as performing at Maida Vale Studios for the BBC. Keep it locked on Urban Asian for more updates and music from Swaati! 

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