We start tonight with a public service announcement. I logged on to Blogger just now to prepare this post, and found this message waiting for me:
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So to all our readers in the EU, consider yourself warned, and if you can see the "courtesy notice" - I can't - please read it carefully. The rest of you can do as you please.
One person not caught by the exacting new requirement is Kiran Ahluwalia, born in India, raised in Canada, and the maker of a series of interesting albums mixing Indian music with desert blues and other influences. The pick of the bunch is probably 2011's "Aam Zameen", which featured Tinariwen as her backing band on some tracks. But the two albums since then - "Sanata" and "7 Billion" - are pretty good too. Here's one from each.
"Hayat" - Kiran Ahluwalia
"Khafa (Up In Arms)" - Kiran Ahluwalia