Music from India

Kaafi about loneliness

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    RK DAT 72

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  • Recording locations

    In traditional Bhunga mud round house in Dhordo village, Banni area, Kachchh, Gujarat.

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  • Performers

    Mitha (lead singer), Mahmud (singer), Musruddin (singer)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    The three male singers Mitha (lead singer), Mahmud, and Musruddin from the Mutwar community in Dhordo village (Banni) sing a song belonging to the kaafi genre. Mutwar speak and sing in Sindhi language (north Indian language group). Kaafi is usually a religious lecture interspersed with stories and songs; the duration could be the whole night. This Muslim devotional song – recorden in the traditional Bhunga roundhouse – remembers the home village and the dear relatives. This kaafi exclaims “Everybody left me, now I’m totally alone”.

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