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Hello Hello

by Ban Brothers

It's an eclectic mix of Indo-Europrean new age and pop with a movie background kind of feel. Enjoy the semi-classical, raga-based music as well.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Tumi Bhorer Pakhi Ban Brothers f/Madhumati
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2. Elam Phire Elam Ban Brothers f/Madhumati
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3. Bolechhile Tumi Ban Brothers f/Madhumati
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4. Chupi Chupi Ban Brothers f/Madhumati
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5. Biyar Paure Ban Brothers f/Madhumati
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6. Sonali Ban Brothers f/Anupama Deshpande
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7. Thame Na Somay Ban Brothers f/Anupama Deshpande
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8. Chupi Chupi Bhalobasa Ban Brothers f/Anupama Deshpande
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9. Shudhu Bhule Bhaura Ban Brothers f/Anupama Deshpande
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10. Hello Hello Ban Brothers f/Usha Uthup
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ban Brothers are the two brothers, Ban and Tyson, both born and raised in Kolkata (formerly called Calcutta), India.

Gautam Banerjee (popularly known as \"Tyson\" in India) is a professional guitarist-composer-songwriter-arranger in India, and shuttles between his birth city Kolkata and the music capital Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) for his work with different artists and companies on recording projects.

Swagata Banerjee (popularly known as \"Ban\") is the founding ex-coordinator of the Athens, Georgia and Mid-Delta, Mississippi Chapters of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Regional Workshops. Also, he is a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia and currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Agribusiness at Alabama A&M University. He founded and ran for ten years (1986-1996) a school of music, dance, and art called \"Punnag\" in India before moving to the United States in September 1996.

Ban Brothers inherited music and talent from their family. Their late father, Sukumar Banerjee, a versatile musician and fine artist, and a long-time friend of sitar maestro late Nikhil Banerjee, was a big influence on Ban and his brother, instilling in them a deep love of music.

The two brothers collaborated on more than 80 distinct cuts in India. They both are published songwriters in that country. Together, they have also worked on various projects for sitcoms, commercials, movies, and several albums in India.

Ban started writing songs for the commercial market in 1982 at the age of 18, and got his first cut in 1985 in India. He moved to the US for further study in the fall of 1996.

Soon after moving to Athens, GA, from the western US (on getting his second Master\'s degree, in Resource and Applied Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno - his first Master\'s being in Economics from India) in the fall of 1999, Ban formed a world-influenced folk-rock/pop band called Global Horse. Since then he had been a frequent performer in that town, both with his band and as a solo performer (singer-songwriter), before moving to Stoneville, Mississippi, with a research position as Post-Doctoral Associate at the Delta Research and Extension Center -- the Delta Branch Experiment Station of Mississippi State University.

Ban was assigned in the spring of 2000 to compose music for a short movie, a claymation version of Maurice Sendak\'s famous picture storybook entitled \"Where The Wild Things Are,\" which he did very successfully. This student project for the College of Journalism at the University of Georgia sparked an interest in music theory in Ban and led him to take a course in music theory at the University of Georgia.

Other than being a singer-songwriter and composer, Ban is a guitarist, sitarist, and percussionist as well. He is affiliated with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), also known as the Recording Academy, previously with its Atlanta Chapter and Memphis Chapters, and now with the Nashville Chapter.

Moonlit Sky and Hello Hello featuring various artists (Madhumati, Subroto Mitra, Usha Uthup, and Anupama Deshpande) are a two-album set of compilation of some of the songs that Ban Brothers have written, recorded and produced in Bengali (or Bangla, as the natives call it), the language spoken by Bengalees, the inhabitants of the state of West Bengal in India and the national language of the neighboring nation Bangladesh. It is currently one of the most spoken languages in the world.

CD 1 - Moonlit Sky (P) 2003 Ban Brothers Publishing (ASCAP) - is in lines with pop/disco/funk (e.g., track 1) and electronic/experimental styles, with some Middle Eastern (as in track 3) and continental European influences.

CD 2 - Hello Hello (P) 2003 Ban Brothers Publishing (ASCAP) - is more Indian, with some semi-classical and raga-based compositions (tracks 1 and 8, in particular) and a modern folk tune on track 5.

This CD compilation has been categorized as \"Rock\" by All Music Guide:- http://www.allmusic.com.


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Al

Great cuts, Fresh sound!!!!!!!!
I have spent a lot of time traveling to India over the past 30 years. love the country, the culture, the music and of course, the people.
One thing I do when traveling is look for music. I like the way many young composers are finding fresh
ways to use classical instruments and voice. To me,
this goes from what we call 'club music' to music such as you do.

I had never heard of you before the purchase but I
took a chance and bought your CD. I very much enjoy
it. I have downloaded it onto my computer and my MP3
player so that I have it available wherever I go.
I'll keep playing it, letting friends listen to it and
will point them to the CD Baby website when they say
they would like a copy.

So many times people burn CDs for others because they
purchase a CD for 15 dollars and then there are only
two or three good cuts on it. The purchaser
feels ripped off. With your work all songs are of
high quality, there is no feeling of being ripped off
--more like a feeling of having received a bargain.

My best wishes for continued success. Music from the
Indian Subcontinent, at long last is becoming very
popular in the West --may you ride the crest of that
wave. Thank you for your good music,

michael rotty

its really a melodious album
the music is fresh and the songs have a good melody content.worth appreciation...i am really moved ...my wife and children frequently hums the notes.
Thanks to the composers ..Ban Brothers
MICHAEL

christy rotty

all the songs are very good
yes the songs are really good ....I have started liking them from the very first day ....my son pedro hums the tunes frequently ..though he dose'nt follow the language.
Christy

Heidi Millington, musician

Great fusion of Indian rhythms and singing with guitar, keyboard & violin!
Hello Hello - Traditional Indian music fused with styles from modern music from the west and some decidedly Cuban rhythms. This is very different from a lot of music and for that very reason should be heard. The music has a free (not sterile) feel, great instrumentation and soaring singing – in Indian of course. It sounds as though everything is played with a sense of fun and a love of music, and life. Creativity and attention to detail with the use of instrumentation are apparent.

There is an interesting array of instruments I have either never heard before or have not heard played in such a way. The stand out tracks have striking use of Indian percussion instruments. Layered keyboard, guitar, bass and various unusual percussive and orchestral instruments (saxophone and violin) are used and well incorporated in this musical kaleidoscope. Even the bass style is interesting in its sliding, rhythmic style.

The Indian inspiration is obvious and exciting. The rhythms and percussion used are good for dancing to in traditional Indian style or just for fun. The Indian style of singing may be foreign to some people. It has notes that swing or lick around differently to typical pop singers in the ‘West’.

If there is any criticism it is the occasional use of cheesy sounding keyboards. As a guitarist I probably find this more annoying than some people. But this is only in a few places. In places where the instrumentation is blended well the music makes me want to go outside on some festival street to dance! The musicianship is excellent and the singer has a beautiful voice. So I recommend you open your ears to a style of music that maintains integrity to its roots while exhibiting creativity and which has a great sense of naturalness. Stand out tracks are Tracks #1, #5, #8 for their great Indian percussion!