Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Khiyo are a London-based six-piece band playing radical, modern interpretations of Bengali heritage music. The band formed as a collaboration between British-Bangladeshi vocalist Sohini Alam and composer / multi-instrumentalist Oliver Weeks to explore new ways of presenting traditional Bengali music whilst preserving its essence. The songs on this album represent an eclectic mix of Bengali classics from Bangladesh and India, drawing on folk, film, protest songs and other traditional genres. Song arrangements draw on South Asian and Western folk and classical traditions, rock and jazz.
Personnel: Sohini Alam (vocals, bells); Oliver Weeks (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano); Danyal Dhondy (violin, viola); Ben Heartland (double bass, electric bass); Derek Scurll (drums, gong); Hassan Mohyeddin (tabla).
Audio Mixer: Yohei Sasaki.
Liner Note Authors: Oliver Weeks; Sohini Alam.
Recording information: Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon; The Attic Sounds; The London School of Sound.
Photographers: Ben Heartland; Rimon Khan.