Check out our next single (that launched on 12.12.2021) titled ‘Yankadi Makru’ on a streaming platform of your choice:
Yankadi Makru is a rhythm of the ‘Susu’ ethnic group from Forest (South-East) Guinea. This set of two rhythms is collectively known as the ‘rhythm of courtship’ or seduction. As Grandmaster Djembefola Famoudou Konate cheekily said, “Many marriages have taken place as a result of Yankadi Makru celebrations…” Once all the young people of the village would come together in the Bara, (village centre) the boys and girls would gather on either side. During the slow rhythm (Yankadi) the boys and girls would dance beautifully and ‘show-off’ their skill. Traditionally, the boy would place a scarf on the girl that he was interested in. When the rhythm changed to the fast one (Makru) the couples would pair up and dance with joy and gusto.
The song comprises three languages: Susu, Japanese & English. Yankadi Makru sings about the source of all things – love; about falling in love organically, effortlessly and no matter what challenges life brings you, there’s always a way to find & nurture the spark that eventually shines brilliantly. All we need to do is listen, have faith, enjoy the process, and dance our way to each other. This song is a dedication to Varun’s wife and partner in crime, Akshata Parekh.
In our take of this song we feature the well known band of singers from all across the globe, ‘Women of the World’.
Women of the World is an ensemble that is made up of Ayumi Ueda (Japan), Annette Philip (India), Debo Ray (USA) & Giorgia Renosto (Italy). They are supremely talented musicians from different corners of the globe that mostly congregate in Boston. By making music together, they have made a beautiful friendship. In this spirit, they celebrate the beauty of diversity. They sing for not just tolerance, but wisdom, respect, and joy. They, as Women of the World, believe in the power of music, in their bond and in peace.
Read more: https://womenoftheworldmusic.com/