Shama is a storyteller using the different passions available at her fingertips. Science, Music and Drama all feed into each other as she weaves Sitar, Stories and Song seamlessly in this album in which Shama takes centre stage with her stirring Sitar supported by a 6-piece band composed of keys, saxophone, violin, guitar, double bass and percussion. Listen to on bandcamp
The music evokes a range of genres from folk, jazz, and spoken word and she coins it Urban Folk: Musical Poetry with a whole heap of energy-driven rhythms. The album features musicians from Bengal, Britain, Armenia and the Caribbean and was recorded with support from Non-Classical Studios run by Gabriel Prokofiev (composer and grandson of famous composer Sergei Prokofiev).
This is a multi-media project, and Shama has created 8 supporting videos which are episodes in a storytelling drama series now available on her Youtube channel
- Episode 1: Reflections: ("Love this song and video!"- Gilles Peterson)
- Episode 2: Coast:
- Episode 3: 26 Hour Baby:
- Episode 4: You can now view the latest release ’Bolte Paro Ki (Can you tell me why?)’
TEASER: The remaining videos will be released over the coming months to slowly unveil the central character and story of the album…
The Shama Rahman Band debuted & headlined at the Modern Mela in The Alchemy Festival (Southbank) and followed up with gigs in UK, Ireland, Germany, France & Bangladesh including the Barbican, The Secret Garden Party, The Green Man Festival, Supersonix festival (supporting Seth Lakeman and Ska Cubano), Wilderness, One Love Festival, Global Beats Festival, Manchester's Un-Convention Festival, Wandsworth Arts Festival and Birmingham's Eastern Electronic Festival over the past 1.5 years.
They’ve been commissioned by MOJO magazine to do a re-interpretation of Beatles classic Eleanor Rigby. The band’s online release was hosted by PRS funded Artist Showcasing "Platform 33" and a special launch showcase by Sunday Times Features journalist, Garth Cartwright for "Princes Amongst Men".