Asian Fusion (Narada, 1993)
This superb album is a wonderful tapestry of Asia’s rich musical diversity. Featured guest musicians include Zhao Hui, China’s preeminent master of the gu zheng (Chinese zither) and Bui Huu Nhut, a leading performer of the Vietnamese dan bao (a one-string Vietnamese instrument with an indigenous version of a whammy bar).
Our picks in this album include the pieces ‘Prelue’, ‘Bookenka’, ‘Mezgoof’ and ‘Ja Nam’. But many of the other tracks stand out as well, and all the 12 tracks together make for a fine listening experience. From Japan to South Asia and China to Vietnam this album captures natural and imperial sound.
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Author: Madanmohan Rao
Madanmohan Rao is an author and media consultant from Bangalore, and global correspondent for world music and jazz for World Music Central and Jazzuality. He has written over 15 books on media, management and culture, and is research director for YourStory Media. Madan was formerly World Music Editor at Rave magazine and RJ at WorldSpace, and can be followed on Twitter at @MadanRao.