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Despite their seemingly unlikely French origin, Rajna's latest album Yahili so strongly reflects the band's passion for South Asian music that their native country becomes easily forgotten. The trio play an extensive list of Indian and Tibetan instruments including dulcimer, yang t'chin, gongs, bells, shamanic drums, and a host of others which the band lists on the sleeve of the beautiful digipak. Yahili, in contrast with Rajna's prior release Ishati, is less atmospheric and leans more towards traditional music. Recorded in a Tibetan monastery, this album drips with eastern exoticism and meditative melancholy. Jeanne Lefebvre's rich, powerful vocals are a focal point, assisting in the fluidity with which the mood of the album goes from trance-inducing rhythms to oriental lullabies. All in all, Rajna's music is both romantic and spiritual, and as they themselves note: "Rajna est l'invitation au voyage."
Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2005 08:56  


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