Folk music goes global with Bibi Tanga and Thakita

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Despite the vast geographical distances which separate them, tribal and folk music traditions from around the world share strikingly similar rhythms and themes. It is this sense of synchronicity which was explored by Bibi Tanga in conjunction with the band Thakita. Thanks to a series of performances piloted by Alliance Française de Trivandrum, the group brought their unique blend of Central African Sangho and Indian Malayalam folk music to Delhi (Mar 24), Hyderabad (Mar 25), Pune (Mar 26), Mumbai (Mar 28), and Trivandrum (Mar 31).

Bibi Tanga (second from right) with Thakita

Bibi Tanga (second from right) with Thakita

Born in Bangui, a city in Central African Republic, Bibi Tanga grew up in different parts of the world thanks to his parents who were diplomats. This itinerant lifestyle gave him a thirst for exploring different places and cultures which he incorporated in his jazz and groove soundscape. A meeting with François Grosjean, the Director of AF Trivandrum, connected him to the guitarist and kARNATRiix frontman John Anthony. The two were joined by Malayalam folk musician Sunil Kumar and bassist Rahul C. R. to form the band Thakita. With lyrics penned in Sangho by Bibi Tanga and in Malayalam by Sunil, the band’s music explores themes related to the life in CAR and Kerela.

The musicians on stage at Trivandrum

The musicians on stage at Trivandrum

The tracks composed by the group talk of agrarian culture, the lives of fishermen, wildlife, and ethnic food amongst others. This can be attributed to the fact that the homelands of the musicians have much in common – the forests of CAR are the natural habitat of the African forest elephant just like Kerela is home to Asiatic elephants. Fishing is a common means of livelihood in both places and the band’s songs ‘Elelo’ evokes the same.  It is a testament to the universality of their soundscape that people who do nost speak a single word of either language are moved emotionally and dance gleefully during their concerts. Given the phenomenal response that the band received, it comes as no surprise that a world tour including Paris, Cameroon and Africa is on the anvil!

The band’s track Sangho on the importance of preserving one’s mothertongue can be found here :

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

 

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...