Friday, April 29, 2016

Da Bau Master: Ancient Future and "Ja Nam"

Today's random song post features Ancient Future and their reggae-style song Ja Nam. The group was founded in 1978 by Matthew Monfort as a world fusion band. World fusion is a blending of old music traditions with modern forms such as jazz, rock or reggae. It is now a 28 piece orchestral group whose members have taken it upon themselves to study with master musicians from all parts of the world and then using the knowledge to create the Ancient Future sound. They also feature master musicians from other cultures in their songs. For example, on this song you can hear Vietnamese artist Bui Huu Nhut on the dan bau, a one string Vietnamese instrument with a whammy bar. Ja Nam can be found on their 1994 album Asian Fusion and on the compilation CD Putumayo Presents: Asian Lounge (2005).