Accomplished singer Falu (Falguni Shah) is an internationally recognized artist, who has collaborated with musicians as diverse as Yo-Yo Ma, Wyclef Jean, Philip Glass, Ricky Martin, Blues Traveler and A. R. Rahman. Falu’s Bazaar, a musical journey through South Asia, is her debut children’s music release. The album is trilingual –the majority of the songs sung in either Hindi or English– the album closer, “Nishaad’s Lullaby,” in Gujarati. “My Name” opens the ten song collection as children introduce themselves in Hindi. There’s a song about “Shapes,” obeying traffic signals is covered in “Tararum Pumpum,” and seven colors, seven notes, and seven continents are explored in “Rainbow.” South Asian cooking, spices and culinary culture are all deliciously celebrated in the trio of songs “Bazaar,” “Masala,” and “Pots and Pans.” One of the album’s most charming moments is “Hulululu Bus,” where a bus ride is a chance for children to extend to each person a greeting in their native languages. “Nishaad’s Lullaby” which features lovely flute and violin, and a guest duet vocal by Kishori Dalal rounds out the collection. The music and instrumentation throughout the album ranges from traditional Indian to contemporary pop and even Bollywood. At the center of it all is Falu’s beautifully expressive, and richly timbered voice. A noteworthy choice for families where English and Hindi are both spoken, and a warm and welcoming introduction to South Asian music for all.
Lahri Bond ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.