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Najma: Pukar (Calling You)

The Anglo-Indo vocalist known as Najma is a beguiling young singer who, as an Indian raised in England, seems ideally suited to the task of making sense of the east-west merger. Maybe you heard her with the Robert Plant/Jimmy Page project, but do tune in. With her fine album, Pukar (Calling You) (Mondo Melodia 61868; 47:02), she manages to give crossover a chance, and a hope: her sweet and nimble voice treats the romantic Indian song tradition of ghazals, ornamented by tabla and subtle electronic sprinklings. It all goes down with poetic ease.

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