GimmeAKey: Jagriti Festival of Western Music
Day3: Soulmate- An intimate acoustic set
It might surprise many that music rooted in the blues finds expression in India. It’s even more surprising perhaps that the flag bearers on the blues in India come not from its sprawling metros but from a small north eastern city called Shillong. It is here that you’ll find India’s finest blues band, wilfully and happily oblivious of the country’s dominant soundscapes but at the same time enriching it with the triumphant sounds and grooves of the blues and blues-derived rock, funk, soul, and R&B. They call themselves SOULMATE and don’t bother asking them why they chose the blues because you ought to know better - ‘the blues chose them’.
Soulmate was formed in October 2003 by Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar and their sound is a sonic canvas grounded in Rudy’s elegant blues guitar that channels Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters and the Three Kings but also embracing every sound that Tipriti’s extensive vocal range could accommodate, from Koko Taylor, Etta James, and Nina Simone to the recent addition of the earthy sounds of Khasi folk music.