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Cultures

Cultures is an exotic instrumental featuring Indian, Latin and Blues influences.

I grew up in Seremban, a lovely (then) town with that fantastic mixture of people and cultures that could only be found in Malaysia. We were a Punjabi Sikh family, our neighbours were Malay-Muslims, South-Indians, Ceylonese (Sri Lankans, they're called now), Chinese.....

And so as a kid I listened to everything from North Indian music to the Brothers' Four, Ray Conniff, The Beatles, Cliff Richard, Elvis.....the 60's was a good time to be growing up :)

My first musical instruments were the Indian harmonium and the tabla. From about age 10, I spent some serious years learning the tabla. Then at 14, I was introduced to the guitar, which over the years became my instrument of choice, and during my college years I was introduced to the Blues: I was hooked.

In this song I try to bring together my Indian and "Western" musical influences, in an attempt to show that music has no boundaries. I've thus used a North-Indian type of melody to start the song, and then bringing in recognizably "Bluesy" guitar licks, while a simple chord progression with a Latin-ish feel plays over both the "Indian" as well as the "Western" passages of the song.

Are we really all that different people, you and I and "them"?

album and amplifier

Musician's notes


Here is the chord progression. The Bm7b5 is cruicial to the progression, for it allows the Indian melody to be reconciled with the Bluesy pentatonic scale.
Dm......................Dm......................Dm......................Dm
E.........................E.........................Dm......................Dm
Bm7b5.................E.......................Dm......................Dm
Dm......................Dm......................

There is a regular drum kit being used, ever so softly playing a 3/4 Waltz, while the tabla comes in here and there with a 6/4 "dadra" count.