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Khali . Alejandro Franov


staubgold 78
2007. cd . dl . lp

"Khali" which is mainly based on three instruments - the African mbira, the Paraguayan harp arpa and the Indian sitar - is the result of Franov's studies in African and Arabic music, especially the music of the Shona from Zimwbabwe. He carefully combines these unique instruments with percussion, voices and minimal electronics in order to create a comfortably floating stream of world music in the purest sense, hardly relating to any certain country or region.

On the one hand "Khali" is the name of the Croatian island where Franov's grandfather was born, on the other hand it's taken from the tabla rhythm cycle of Hindustani music, and it's the name of a Hindu goddess.

Alejandro Franov

Argentinian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alejandro Franov is one of the key figures of the alternative folk and world music scene of his country, brought to worldwide critical acclaim by singer/songwriter and actress Juana Molina.

Born in 1972, today Alejandro Franov is one of the most important musicians in Argentina. His unique musical talent has attracted many artists and led to collaborations with Juana Molina, Liliana Herrero, Fernando Kabusacki, Mono Fontana, Santiago Vasquez, Seiichi Yamamoto (Rovo, ex-Boredoms), Yuji Katsui (Rovo), Kama Aina and many more.

Franov collaborated with Juana Molina on three of her albums, "Segundo" (2000), "Tres Cosas" (2002) and "Son" (2006). With "Khali" Staubgold is proud to present his first worldwide release, after five solo albums which have only been released in South America and Japan.